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Wallace Lauren

Lauren Wallace

Postdoctoral Fellows
Department of Health Aging & Society


Changing Family Size and Family Planning in northern Ghana

My research examines the social and cultural context of family size and contraceptive use in northern Ghana. I examine declining family size and change and continuity in perceptions of contraceptives and their relationship with shifting views of children, sexuality, husband-wife and intergenerational relationships and discourses of biocitizenship and modernity. My research is supported by a Vanier Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. I have also conducted other research at the intersection of anthropology and public health including projects on eye care in northern Ghana, women's nutrition in Cambodia, Canadian families with complex needs, medical ethics in global health and natural health products.