Anita Hardon

  • Project leader
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166, 1018 WV, Amsterdam, REC C5.07
  • (020)5253544, (020)5252504

Anita Hardon received her PhD in Medical Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 1990. She has maintained a highly visible and active role in the academic world with such positions as Full Professor at the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research and Scientific Director for the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). In addition, she is regularly sought after as a PhD supervisor, a guest lecturer, a keynote presenter and an advisor. Anita has had visiting professorships from universities around the world and numerous prestigious awards recognizing her invaluable contribution to the field of healthcare, global health, and sexual and reproductive health.

For further information on Dr. Hardon's academic background, visit her profile at the University of Amsterdam website.


Anita has researched new reproductive technologies, immunization, AIDS medicines, self-care in field sites such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Uganda, Pakistan, and Indonesia. Her research has generated important ethnographic insights on the appropriation of these technologies in diverse social-cultural settings, their efficacy in everyday life, the role of social movements in their design, and the dynamics of care and policy-making in their provision. She makes communicating research findings to patient advocates, policy-makers, and public health researchers and practitioners a priority.

These days Anita devotes a significant amount of her time to leading the Chemical Youth project.

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  • Hardon, A and Ihsan, A. (2014) 'Not Narkoba' Somadril and Edgework in South Sulawesi. International Journal of Drug Policy.
  • Hardon, A and T.D. Hymans (2014). Ethnographies of drug use practices among urban youths in Asia. International Journal of Drug Policy.
  • Hardon, A and Idrus N.I. (2014) On Coba and Cocok: youth-led drug-experimentation in Eastern Indonesia. Anthropology & Medicine
  • Hardon A, Idrus N.I. and T.D. Hymans (2013). Chemical sexualities: the use of pharmaceutical and cosmetic products by youth in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Reproductive Health Matters. 21(41):214-24. doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(13)41709-3.
  • Hadolt, B. & A. Hardon (eds) (forthcoming in 2015). New Socialities and Subjectivities in 21st Century Health Care. Amsterdam: Amsterdam university Press.
  • Whyte, Susan Reynolds, Sjaak van der Geest, and Anita Hardon. 2002. Social Lives of Medicines. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

See publications of the whole team