Andrea Buhl-Colmsee

Mitarbeiterin (Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health-Institut)


Schweizerisches Tropen- und Public Health Institut
Socinstrasse 57
4002 Basel

Doktorandin (Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät)

Curriculum Vitae

Andrea Buhl is a PhD student at the Institute of Social Anthropology Switzerland and part of the Medical Anthropology Research Group (MARG). Since 2012 she is working on her PhD project ‘Palliative Care for Cancer Patients in Tanzania’, supervised since 2013 by Prof. Brigit Obrist. Her PhD research project is based in a Tanzanian cancer hospital and focuses on the provision of palliative care for end-stage cancer patients within the hospital and urban homes. The study aims to explore the roles of different actors within the hospital setting and beyond, and how patients and their relatives experience the situation of an advanced cancer disease.

Andrea studied Social and Cultural Anthropology, Intercultural Communication and Sociology (M.A., 2007-2012) at Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany.

For her M.A. (Magister Artium) thesis in Social and Cultural Anthropology Andrea was conducting a qualitative research in Ethiopia about transcultural encounters of medical students within a German-Ethiopian University exchange program. Andrea started her PhD at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU Munich, Germany, and was attached to the Interdisciplinary Center for Palliative Care. She participated in the PhD-program “International Health” at the Center for International Health at LMU as external candidate (2013). Andrea is currently working as assistant in the Sustainable Development at University Program at the University of Basel.

Focus in research

  • Research areas: health care, chronic disease, non-communicable diseases, Palliative Care, STS
  • Regional focus: East Africa, Southern Africa

Field research

  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (August 2012 to February 2013, January to June 2014, January 2015)
  • Jimma, Ethiopia (February to May 2011)
  • Munich, Germany (December 2010)
  • Cape Town, South Africa (February to May 2009)

Research projects

  • 2012-2016: “Palliative Care in Tanzania for cancer patients: a hospital ethnography” (PhD thesis)
  • 2011: “Medizinethnologische Aspekte in Äthiopien. Ein ethnologischer Blick auf 'Krankenhaustourismus'?“
  • 2010: „Organisationskultur im Krankenhaus“
  • 2009: „HIV Präventionsprogramme in Südafrika. Am Beispiel einer NGO in Kapstadt“