Sture Vegard Traavik
PhD Student in Medical Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam
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.