Anthony Simpson

Anthony Simpson


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Research interests

My first book, Half-London in Zambia, a revised version of my PhD thesis, is an ethnography of a mission school in Zambia where I taught for almost twenty years.

My second book, Boys to Men in the Shadow of AIDS, explores the production and performance of masculinities among mission-educated men in Zambia and the consequences of these for the transmission of HIV and for dealing with the AIDS epidemic.

My research interests continue to include medical anthropology, HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, masculinities, childhood and education, Christianity, missionaries and religious conversion, and death.  I am in the preliminary stages of preparing a book manuscript on ageing masculinities, religious ideas and HIV /AIDS.

Regional specialisation Central and Southern Africa.



I completed my PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1996 and returned to Zambia where I had been working as a volunteer teacher since the early 1970s.  I returned to the U.K. in 1997 and was a Temporary Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Manchester University from 1998 to 2001.  I returned to Zambia in 2002 on an ESRC research fellowship to pursue my research interests in masculinities and HIV/ AIDS.  I returned to Manchester as a lecturer in 2004 and became a senior lecturer in 2014.  I continue to pursue research into the social aspects of HIV and AIDS and I am currently an editor of the Journal of Southern African Studies.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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