Lesley works as a social anthropologist, specialising in the themes of health, gender and religion in India. She has extensive ethnographic fieldwork experience in India, and has also worked in central Australia.
Her PhD (awarded by Leipzig University & Macquarie University in 2019) was an ethnographic study of urban health practices of low-income women in New Delhi. Based on 12 months of fieldwork, the research examines the ways in which women respond to inadequate care services and institutional obstacles by developing tactics to access care in intricate ways.
Lesley’s master degree thesis focused on the local effects of government efforts to introduce psychiatric services at faith healing sites in India, which yielded an innovative ‘medicine-and-prayer’ institutional healing model in one temple.
Lesley’s rigorous qualitative research skills have been honed over two decades of work, starting with work on native title claims by Aboriginal communities in remote central Australia.
Her focus remains on the themes of health, medical anthropology, gender, class, kinship and equity in India.