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Dr Vitalis Pemunta Ngambouk

Medical Anthropology

Linnaeus University



Vitalis Pemunta Ngambouk holds a DPhil in Sociology and Anthropology from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. He specializes in medical anthropology.

He has conducted and published extensively on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer health and rights, women's health and children's human rights, as well as sexual and reproductive health in Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Chad. He has also undertaken extensive work on environmental health and adaptation to climate change, peacebuilding and development and resource use conflict. His most recent work is on health-seeking behavior in South Africa and the impact of tourism among the Pygmies of Cameroon.

Apart from teaching stints at the Universities of Yaounde 1, Cameroon, and University College Dublin, Ireland, he is doing postdoctoral research at the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He is a consultant for several NGOs in both his native Cameroon and abroad, thereby cross-pollinating between the fields of anthropology and development. He regularly serves as country of origin expert on asylum for Cameroon for the United Kingdom-based Rights in Exile Programme. He is also the co-founder and expert anthropologist for the Noble Social Group NGO in Limbe, Cameroon.

Vitalis is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed articles and two books on female circumcision as well as an edited volume on concurrences in colonial and postcolonial studies. His research interests include gender, population health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, environmental policy, ethnography, medical sociology/anthropology, social science and medicine, colonialism and postcolonialism. He can be reached at vitalispemunta@gmail.com.