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Sture Vegard Traavik

PhD Student in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Contact: vegard.sture(at)gmail.com

Research

Vegard Traavik Sture (MSc in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam) is an ERC funded PhD candidate in Cermes3, Paris. Coming from a background in social anthropology and clinical nursing, his research interests revolve around the standardizations of knowledge and practice within the development industry of health-care. Vegard’s doctoral project concerns the WHO-led endorsement and subsequent roll-out of a specific tool for Tuberculosis diagnostics, the Xpert MTB/RIF. His project addresses the question of how the Xpert-technology came to be a significant part of the WHO’s standardized recommendations regarding diagnostics in Tuberculosis endemic parts of the world in 2010, along with providing an ethnographic account of what occurs in a local Tanzanian health-care setting when the technology is/has been implemented.