Svea Closser, PhD, MPH
Svea Closser is a medical anthropologist who studies the culture, practices, politics, and economics of global health institutions. She has been studying the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 2005, and is particularly interested in combining the explanatory power of qualitative research with the insights that quantitative modeling provides. Her most recent project was a seven-country study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, assessing the impact of polio eradication on routine immunization and primary health care. This research included a quantitative component analyzing data across Africa and Asia; and qualitative case studies in Nepal, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Angola.