Kathy Glavanis-Grantham trained as a critical social anthropologist at the University of Hull, England. She has undertaken research in the fields of development and globalisation, focusing on rural society in the Middle East and co-edited The Rural Middle East: peasant lives and modes of production (Zed Press,1989). She has also carried out research on the intersection of gender and nationalism in the context of Palestinian society. The field of the sociology/anthropology of health and in particular the political and cultural influence of the transnational pharmaceutical industry is a more recent academic interest for her. Since October 2002, she has been a member of Health Action International and was elected to its European Association Board in October 2012. She undertook research with Orla O’Donovan in a research project entitled Patient Organisations in Ireland: Challenging Capitalist Biomedical Discourses and Practices? funded by the Royal Irish Academy, Third Sector Research Programme and co-edited Power, Politics and Pharmaceuticals. Drug Regulation in Ireland in the Global Context (Cork University Press, 2008). Between 1992 and 2005 she was a member of Trocaire Development Review’s editorial board. As a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University College Cork, from 1991 to 2012, she taught courses on rural development and the global food system, the sociology of the Middle East, and a postgraduate seminar entitled ‘Development and its Alternatives’ in the MA in the Sociology of Development and Globalisation and served as one of its coordinators. She has been a contributor to the Diploma in Development Studies in the Department of Adult Continuing Education as well as the MA in Women’s Studies and the MA in Contemporary Migration and Diaspora Studies. She was elected as one of the two representatives from the College of
Arts, Celtic Civilisation and Social Sciences to the Executive Committee of the Centre for Global Development at UCC in 2010
Kathy is part of the UCC team developing the overall methodology guidelines and conceptual framework for the project, as well as key inputs into the meso-level field work (WP4) and household research (WP5), including co-supervising the Ethiopian PhD researchers.