Melina Rutishauser’s PhD-project is focusing on participation in social health protection. The ethnographic research has been conducted in Ifakara, the administrative and commercial centre in the Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. The overall research question of the broader research project is: “How do people produce social health protection at the interface of ‘induced’ and ‘organic’ participation to improve their health and livelihood?” The PhD project thereby attempts to contribute to the newly evolving anthropology of insurance as well as to the growing research interest in an anthropology of the good through its emphasis on the ways in which people engage with each other to make a 'better life'.

Project Start

March 2016


Prof. Brigit Obrist, Prof. Elisio Macamo


Start-up scholarship, Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S), University of Basel; Swiss National Science Foundation (2017-2019)