Laetitia Atlani-Duault

Laetitia Atlani-Duault

Laetitia Atlani-Duault

Adjunct Professor
Health Policy and Management

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Biography

Laetitia Atlani-Duault is a French social anthropologist. She is currently a Research Professor of Social Anthropology at IRD, CEPED (Sorbonne Paris Cite University) and the Director of the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH), in Paris. She is also Adjunct Professor at Columbia University (Mailman School of Public Health) in New York. A past recipient of the prestigious France’s National Centre for Scientific Research's Excellence in Research Award in Social Anthropology (‘medaille de bronze du CNRS’), she was recently elevated to the title of Chevalier in the Order of the Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Research and Education. Her work uses theories and methods from social anthropology in critical analysis of the practice of humanitarian aid, focusing particularly on the United Nations and its agencies in shaping humanitarian aid policies and practices. In the course of this work, she has contributed to the theory and practice of humanitarian aid in the struggle to ameliorate a range of health conditions (eg. HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, STIs, H1N1, PTSD, Ebola, etc.) in Central Asia, Caucasus, Africa, and Asia. She also publishes on diverse subjects such as global health policy, social scientists and the law, the spread of racist rumors on the Internet, or he history of French international “humanitarian state verticalism”. Her books and edited special journal issues include Humanitarian Aid in Post-Soviet Countries. An Anthropological Perspective (Routledge, London, 2007), Anthropologue et ONG, des liaisons fructueuses? (Humanitaire, Paris, 2007), Eclats d’empire, un nouveau Sud? (Tiers Monde - Armand Colin, Paris, 2008), Ethnographies de l’aide (Ethnologie française - Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 2011), and Chercheurs a la barre, with S. Dufoix (Socio - Editions Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, 2014). Her articles have appeared in English and French in journals such as The Lancet, Social Science and Medicine, and Ethnologie Française. In 2012, she took up a three-year post as Senior Advisor for Humanitarian Affairs at the United Nations headquarters (2012-2015). While in New York, she was appointed Visiting Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health and also became France’s National IRD Scientific Representative to the UN (2015-2017). Director of the College d’Etudes Mondiales in Paris since January 2018. Laetitia is also co-editor of a social sciences journal, Socio, and the co-director of ‘Le (Bien) Commun’, a book series at the Editions de la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

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