nouvet-bio-photoElysée Nouvet is an Assistant Professor in Global Health at Western University in London, Ontario, and also a co-lead of HHE research group. Trained as a cultural and medical anthropologist, her research explores how cultural norms, values, and power relations shape representations of and responses to disease and suffering.

She has conducted and led numerous studies in Nicaragua, West Africa, Nepal, and Canada. Dr. Nouvet is co-investigator on the R2HC grant “Aid when there is ‘nothing left to offer’: palliative care in humanitarian contexts”, co-PI on the qualitative study “Challenges to the treatment of pain in palliative pediatric patients in Nicaragua,” and co-PI on the R2HC grant “Perceptions of research conducted during the West Africa Ebola outbreak.” An emerging scholar, her work has been published in top journals including Global Public Health, Cultural Anthropology, Mortality, and the Lancet. Elysée Nouvet is a core member of the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group(HHERG), co-editor of the quarterly HumEthNet newsletter (Reflections), and co-lead (Research section) of PALCHASE Palliatiave Care in Humanitarian Aid Situations and Emergencies.


2011 PhD (Social Anthropology), York University

2002 MA (Visual Anthropology), Goldsmiths College – University of London

2001 MA (Cultural Anthropology), Concordia University


2016 Nouvet E; E Chan; L Schwartz. “Looking good but doing harm? Nicaraguan perceptions of short term medical missions.” Global Public Health. DOI 10.1080/17441692.2016.1220610.

2016 Nouvet, E, Jakamovic, T. “Moral sentiments in ‘Aidland’: Special section introduction.” Critique of Anthropology 36(3) 1-5.

2016 Nouvet E. “Extraordinary aid and its shadow: The significance of gratitude in Nicaraguan humanitarian healthcare.” Critique of Anthropology, 36(3) 1-20.

2016 Nouvet E, P Strachan, J Kryworuchko, J Downar, JJ You. “Waiting for the Body to Fail: Limits of End-of-Life Communication in Canadian Hospitals.” Mortality. Vol. 21 (4): 1-17.

2016 Nouvet E, C Abu-Sada, S DeLaat, C Wang, L Schwartz. “Opportunities and challenges of perceptions studies for humanitarian contexts.” Canadian Journal of Development Studies. DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2015.1120659

2015 Nouvet, E., Chan, E., Schwartz, L.. Perspectivas Nicaragüenses sobre el desempeño ético de las brigadas de atención médica humanitarian en Nicaragua: El studio ‘BPREP’ Nicaragüense. Humanitarian Healthcare Ethics Research Group (HHERG). ISBN: 9780993835438.