Prof. Janet Seeley is a social anthropologist by training and holds a PhD in the same subject from the University of Cambridge. She is a Professor of Anthropology and Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Before joining the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in April 2014, she was Professor of International Development at the University of East Anglia. She worked for the Department for International Development for 13 years, prior to moving to the University of East Anglia in 2000.
Professor Seeley was responsible for establishing Social Science research within the MRC/UVRI Unit in 1989-1993, a programme she returned to and has headed since 2008 (now called the Social Aspects of Health Programme). She has been actively engaged in research related to, particularly HIV, since 1987, working in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Other current research interests include chronic poverty and social protection, internal migration, livelihoods and gender. She has undertaken periods of research in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Papua New Guinea.