Social sciences

Andrea Ford

Member since 2023

Occupation: Research Fellow at University of Edinburgh

Combining science, innovation, and the careful and critical examination of cultural narratives is crucial for guiding society through a time of rapid change and possibility.


Andrea Ford is a medical and cultural anthropologist currently working at the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society in the University of Edinburgh Medical School. She conducts research on childbearing, periods, endometriosis, and FemTech, more broadly investigating how ideas about gender, bodies, knowledge, nature, and technology shape the culture surrounding medicine and reproduction. Her book manuscript, Near Birth: The Doula Phenomenon and American Values, is under review with University of California Press, and her work appears in numerous professional and popular outlets. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2017, and earned an MA from the University of Ghana, Legon where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has also worked, taught, and studied at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the FrameWorks Institute, and the UK’s NHS. Currently she is working on bridging academic and non-academic spaces for research, ideas, and cultural change.


  • Critical thinking skill development in education
  • Cross-cultural and international education
  • Health data digitisation
  • Holistic approach
  • Public Health messaging
  • Research culture
  • Research translation
  • Social change
  • Societal impact of research
  • Sustainability