From 2003, when she completed her PhD (University of Amsterdam), until 2008, Eileen Moyer worked as the research manager and coordinator of the “Anthropology of AIDS in the 21st-Century” research group, based at the University of Amsterdam. This group, which she helped to establish with Anita Hardon, has been remarkably successful, earning multiple research grants and resulting in the completion of more than 20 PhD projects. Between 2004 and 2008 she coordinated the training of PhD researchers and the writing of research proposals, and organised international conferences. Since 2004 she has also coordinated and managed five externally funded, international research projects. Although her management position did not include research or writing time, she published three peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters from her PhD research during that period, while also gaining valuable managerial and supervisory experience.
In October 2008, Moyer was appointed Assistant Professor of medical and urban anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and, in 2009, received a four-year grant from the Dutch National Institute for Scientific Research (NWO) to direct a research team to investigate the social forms that have arisen in eastern Africa in conjunction with the expansion of HIV treatment. With more than 60 publications to her name, she has been published in anthropological, medical, public health, health policy, urban and media studies journals. As recognized expert on anthropological research on HIV, she was invited to author a review article on the topic in the prestigious Annual Review of Anthropology (2015). In recent years, she has begun to co-author articles with her PhD and post-doctoral researchers underlining her reputation as a collaborative researcher committed to mentoring junior scholars.
She was granted tenure in October 2012 and promoted to the position of Associate Professor in 2016. She is also the co-founder and co-editor of the open-access journal Medicine Anthropology Theory.
For her PhD research Eileen Moyer did extensive anthropological fieldwork on the social worlds and health concerns of poor urban street youth in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since, she has been involved in comparative studies of access to health care for marginalized communities, focusing on HIV-related care and treatment, and sexual and reproductive health more generally among migrant populations. These studies involve anthropological fieldwork in diverse socio-cultural settings and at multiple levels: global, national and local. Most of her research has focused on eastern Africa, but she has also worked in Haiti and China. Moyer has contributed to the development of community level participatory research methodologies and frameworks for use in applied settings and developed theoretical frameworks for analyzing the long-term societal impact of HIV on communities in high prevalence settings. She has also been involved in the training and guiding of researchers and in the comparative analysis of results from multi-sited research.
In 2015, Eileen Moyer was awarded a prestigious 2 million Euro Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council to conduct research on urban masculinities in Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa through 2020 (http://www.becoming-men.org). Leveraging this opportunity to secure funding for additional researchers, she has formed an interdisciplinary research group around the theme of Gender, Sexuality and Health in Urban Africa. The team has more than 20 members who conduct research on HIV, sexual rights, and gender equality initiatives, attempting to understand how global influences have shaped gender and sexual norms and practices in urban Africa over the last quarter century. She is personally engaged in research tracking the life trajectories of a group of Tanzanian men she has followed for nearly two decades. In addition to co-authoring several peer-reviewed journal articles this year, she is also working on three book manuscripts: one based on her twenty years of researching community-based responses to HIV in Africa, a second on gender and sexual violence in South Africa, and a third based on her longitudinal work in Tanzania.
The following gives an overview of Eileen Moyer’s main research projects since completing her PhD: