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Research Urban and Regional Studies Institute PRC

Culture and Health


Objectives of the research theme Culture and Health are to conduct research

  • on the health behaviour of people as embedded in the socio-cultural context in which they live
  • particularly reproductive and sexual health
  • driven by theoretical frameworks on culture, religion, identity, the life course
  • within a comparative framework: projects are mainly conducted in Asia (different states of India, Bangladesh) and Africa (Uganda, Malawi)
  • applying both quantitative and qualitative research methods such as surveys and in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and observation
  • focusing -besides academic output- on translation of research into policy and intervention. Participatory research is conducted in collaboration with NGOs

Ongoing projects

Key publications

  • Hennink, M., I. Hutter and A. Bailey (2011) Qualitative Research Methods. Sage, UK.
  • Bailey, A, I. Hutter and P.P.P. Huigen (2011) 'The spatial-cultural configuration of sex work in Goa, India'. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp. 162–175.
  • Darak S, Janssen F, Hutter I. (2011), Fertility among HIV-infected Indian women: the biological effect and its implications. Journal of Biosocial Science 43(1), pp. 19-29. Epub 2010 Oct 12.
  • Biswamitra Sahu - Religion, minority status and reproductive behaviour among Muslims and Hindus in India and Bangladesh (2010).
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