Joshua Parker Allen

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International Development (2019 cohort)

My PhD will compare the state-directed governance of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programmes in Namibia and Uganda, two supposed “success stories” in HIV control. It will investigate how these countries have come to be “successful”, if indeed they are at all, looking at the politics of evidence and funding and the state structures that direct responses to a disease that is rapidly becoming more of a chronic condition than a death sentence.                                         

Prior to my MPhil in Development Studies, I read Human Sciences at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. As a part of this course, I conducted original, qualitative research on HIV/AIDS control in northern Uganda in the summer of 2017 for my dissertation, which I am currently editing for submission to a referee journal. In the year since graduating, I have been working as a research assistant in the Economics faculty at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia, where I worked on a variety of projects ranging from economic history and the economic implications for western Colombia of the opening of the Panama Canal, to studies on urban protest movements and civil disorder.