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Biomedical and Health Experimentation in South Asia: critical perspectives on collaboration, governance and competition’ is a research collaboration between the Universities of Edinburgh (UK), Durham (UK), and Colombo (Sri Lanka), Social Science Baha (Nepal), and the Anusandhan Trust (India). The project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The Department for International Development (DfID) research scheme. It is an "arms-length" funding scheme by the United Kingdom government. The funding scheme website is below.  

www.esrc.ac.uk/dfid-poverty 


The project explores the relationships between experimental scientific enquiries in medicine and public health, the pharmaceutical industry, and developmental programmes, to assess their impact in South Asia. Using case studies of experimental projects in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka such as research collaborations that connect international researchers with local institutions, personnel and populations,  we will analyse the networks through ethical, socio-anthropological, political and economic frames. 

 

This project took shape with ideas inspired by the following three streams: