Jessica Pourraz

Jessica Pourraz holds a PhD in sociology (2019) from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Her research interests focus on issues related to science, biomedicine, environment and health. Her thesis (ERC funded program “Globalmed”) dealt with pharmaceutical regulation and local production in Benin and Ghana. From 2019 to 2020, she has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre Emile Durkheim-University of Bordeaux within the ANR research program “Anthropo-Phages: Viruses to cure: the difficult development of a counter-intuitive biomedical innovation”. She has examined how diverse phage-related legislations are leading to specific models of development and production of this therapy. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at IFRIS ((Institute for Research and Innovation in Society), based in CEPED (IRD-Université Paris). Her new research project is about the health effects of air pollution in the Global South cities (Delhi in India, Accra in Ghana and Cotonou in Benin) explored at the intersection of the anthropology of health, science and technology studies (STS) and the political sociology of public action.


Brives Charlotte et Pourraz Jessica (2020) « Phage therapy as a potential solution in the fight against AMR: obstacles and possible futures? », Palgrave Communications, 6 (100) (mai 19). DOI :

Pourraz Jessica (2019) « Produire des médicaments en Afrique subsaharienne à l’heure de la santé globale. Le cas des antipaludiques au Ghana », Politique africaine, 156 (4), p. 41. DOI : 10.3917/polaf.156.0041.

Pourraz Jessica, Baxerres Carine et Cassier Maurice (2018) « La construction des politiques pharmaceutiques nationales à l’épreuve des programmes de santé globale: L’approvisionnement des médicaments contre le paludisme au Bénin et au Ghana », Anthropologie & développement, 48-49 (décembre 1), p. 169-192. DOI : 10.4000/anthropodev.706.

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