Hi, my name is Angela Marques Filipe. Welcome to my personal webpage!

Bio: I am currently Assistant Professor of Health & Social Theory (Sociology) and Co-Director of the Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH) at Durham University (UK). Prior to this, I was a Wenner-Gren Foundation fellow (USA) and visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh (Usher Institute–CBSS). I have also held postdoctoral research and senior researcher positions, respectively, at LSHTM and McGill University (Canada).

In these various positions, I have co-designed flagship interdisciplinary programs and delivered and co-convened numerous courses at UG and PGT/R levels, including: global social theory; science, medicine, and bioethics; global health anthropology and social medicine; medical sociology and humanities; research methods and design.

Research profile and expertise: With 15 years of experience and well over 30 publications in the social studies of science, health, and medicine, my research ethos is transdisciplinary, collaborative, and engaged. Funded by British, European, and North American agencies, my research has comprised, to date, three main themes and in-depth case studies:

  1. the global histories and social dimensions of neuropsychiatric diagnosis, science, and practice (e.g., ADHD in Portugal, child adversity and neurodisability in Canada),

  2. the (co-)production and translation of knowledge in bioscience and health-related research (e.g., biosocial research, health activism in the EU; PPI/E in the UK),

  3. and the nexus of climate change/activism and mental health in an age of polycrisis.

Output and impact: My award-winning work has appeared in English, Portuguese, and French, and in venues such as BioSocieties, BMJ Medical HumanitiesMedicine Anthropology Theory, PLOS BiologySocial History of MedicineMedical Anthropology, Current Psychiatry Reports, DisabilityFrontiers in Sociology, Cadernos de Saúde Pública. I am co-lead editor of Global Perspectives on ADHD (2018, JHUP) and I am currently working on a related book project and a SI/monograph.

Further to this, I have served on editorial boards and peer reviewed for 20+ academic presses and journals in the social sciences, humanities, and health. I have also led and collaborated on several international research networks and interdisciplinary projects in this field, as well as served on advisory groups and steering committees that uptake this research in policy and/or practice (see examples in “Projects” below).

Outside academia, I enjoy birding, canoeing, and cooking, as well as amateur photography, soundscaping, and long walks. I love all shapes of water and the language of trees, and I am an avid consumer of music, film, world news, and half-drunk cups of tea. I am always up for a good chat and/or exciting collaboration!


2017 – 2019
McGill University, Canada
 * Rising Star Prize, Fonds de recherche du Québec 

2010 – 2015
PhD (Unconditional pass)*
King’s College London, UK
Transferred from LSE-BIOS centre in 2012
* Elsevier Prize for Outstanding PhD Thesis

2007 – 2009
MA Sociology (Science, Society, and Globalization)*
University of Coimbra, Portugal
With distinction: First


Since 2013

  1. Filipe A(in press, 2024), Pandemic life-lines: A multimodal autoethnography of Covid-19 illness, isolation, and shared immunities. Medicine Anthropology Theory.

  2. Ford A, De Togni G, Erikainen S, Filipe AM, Pickersgill M et al. (2023), Why and how to use ‘vulnerability’: An interdisciplinary analysis of disease risk, indeterminacy, and normalityBMJ Medical Humanities.

  3. Filipe, A.M. (2023). The other face of medical globalization: Pharmaceutical data, prescribing trends, and the social localization of psychostimulantsBioSocieties, 18, 335-357. 

  4. Navarro, S.R., Filipe, A.M. (2023), Situer la vie sociale des TDAH: Entre le médical, le local et le global in L’attention médicamentée edited by L Caliman, Y Citton, M Prado-Martin (dir.). Rennes: PUR.

  5. McCrossin, J.*, Filipe, A. M.* et al. (2022) The allegory of navigation as a concept of care: The case of neurodevelopmental disabilitiesJournal on Developmental Disabilities, 27 (2). *co-first authors

  6. Erikainen, S., Stewart, E., Filipe, A. M. et al. (2022). Towards a feminist philosophy of engagements in health-related researchWellcome Open Research, 6: 58.

  7. Salvino, C., Spencer, C., Filipe, A.M., Lach, L. (2022). Mapping of Financial Support Programs for Children with Neurodisabilities Across Canada: Barriers and Discrepancies within a Patchwork SystemJournal of Disability Policy Studies, 33: 168-177.

  8. Filipe, A.M., Lloyd, S., Larivée, A. (2021). Troubling neurobiological vulnerability: Psychiatric risk and the adverse milieu in environmental epigenetics researchFrontiers in Sociology, 6: 635986.

  9. Filipe, A. M., Bogossian, A., Nicholas, Zulla, R., Lach, L. (2021). Developing a Framework for Social Determinants of Health and Well-being among Children with Neurodisabilities and their Families: An Ecosocial PerspectiveDisability & Rehabilitation, 43: 3856–3867.

  10. Filipe, A. M. (2020) Paying attention: Diagnosis, values, and meaning-making in the ADHD clinicSomatosphere.

  11. Filipe, A. M. (2020). Situating ADHD: historical, social, and ethical dimensions of an emerging global health issueCadernos de Saúde Pública, 36: e00056420.

  12. Lloyd, S., Filipe, A. M., Larivée, A. (2020) Epistemic and Temporal Disjunctions: (Re)Mapping “Suicide Risk” Epigenetics Through Birth CohortsSomatosphere, 1–8.

  13. Ferreira, P., Filipe, A. M. (2019). Bioética [Bioethics] in Dicionário ALICE – Epistemologies of the South.

  14. Bergey, M., Filipe, A. M., Conrad, P., Singh, I. (Eds.) (2018), Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in Sixteen Countries. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  15.  Filipe AM (2018), The emergence and shaping of ADHD in Portugal: Ambiguities of a diagnosis “in the making” in Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in Sixteen Countries edited by M Bergey, AM Filipe, P Conrad, I Singh. Baltimore: JHUP, 118-137.

  16.  Bergey M, Filipe AM (2018), ADHD in a Global Context: An Introduction in Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in Sixteen Countries edited by M Bergey, AM Filipe, P Conrad, I Singh. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1-8.

  17. Filipe, A. M., Renedo, A., Marston, C., (2017). The co-production of what? Knowledge, values and social relations in health care and researchPLOS Biology, 15: e2001403.

  18. Filipe, A. M., (2017). Situated Interventions in health care? Refiguring the normative place and experimental practice of social scienceScience as Culture, 26: 418–423.

  19. Filipe, A. M., (2017). Metrics: What counts in global health? by Vincanne Adams (ed.)Sociology of Health & Illness, 39: 1575–1577.

  20. Marston C, Renedo A, Matthews R, Filipe AM, Reed J (2017), Collaborating for better health: The role of qualitative research. BMJ Open, 7, e016492.

  21. Filipe, A. M. (2016). Making ADHD evident: Data, practices and diagnostic protocolsMedical Anthropology, 35: 390–403.

  22. Filipe, A. M., Singh I. (2016), Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality by Linda M. BlumAmerican Journal of Sociology, 122: 985–987.

  23. Filipe, A. M. (2014), The Rise of Child Psychiatry in Portugal: An Intimate Social and Political History, 1915–1959Social History of Medicine, 27: 326–348.

  24. Rabeharisoa, V., Callon, M., Filipe, AM., et al. (2014). From ‘politics of numbers’ to ‘politics of singularisation’: Patients’ activism and engagement in research on rare diseases in France and PortugalBioSocieties, 9: 194-217.

  25. Filipe, A. M. (2014). Biopolitics, in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society edited by W. C. Cockerham, R. Dingwall, and S. Quah. Chicester: Wiley-Blackwell, 142–145.

  26. Filipe, A. M., Roriz, M., Neves, D., et al. (2014). Coletivos sociais na saúde: O ativismo em torno das doenças raras e do parto em Portugal in Saúde, Participação e Cidadania. Experiências do Sul da Europa edited by A. Matos and M. Serapioni. Coimbra: CES-Almedina, 17–5194.

  27. Singh, I., Filipe, A. M., Bard, I. et al. (2013). Globalization and cognitive enhancement: Emerging social and ethical challenges for ADHD cliniciansCurrent Psychiatry Reports, 15: e385.


Active or funded since 2019-20

  1. A Tale of Two ‘Crises’? Environmental adversity and mental health, Post-Covid Recovery Fund, RIS – Durham (PI), UK

  2. Healthy Futures? Biosocial and ecosocial models of mental health in adverse environments, FCT (PI), European.

  3. Care, Diagnosis and Social Encounter in the ADHD Clinic, WGF (PI), US

  4. Autoethnographies of Covid-19 (PI), International

  5. Wellcome Discovery Award granted to Durham Institute of Medical Humanities (formal collaborator in Lab 5), UK

  6. Situating suicide risk: An inquiry into the production of the lives and afterlives of neurobiological vulnerability, CIHR (co-I/PA), Canada

  7. Biosocial & Birth Cohort Research Network, Wellcome-UCL, International

  8. Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives Social Science Steering Group, McGill, Canada

  9. Steering committee for the creation of a Mental Health Observatory, SPPSM, Portugal

  10. Kids Brain Health Network, NCE, Social science & Neuro-ethics, Canada

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