Susan Reynolds Whyte


Susan Reynolds Whyte is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen. She has carried out fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, and mostly in Uganda where she began working in 1969. Her interests are in the ways that families and societies try to secure well-being. This includes problems such as the management of misfortune and uncertainty, disability, the uses of medicines, health care institutions, and surviving AIDS. It involves changing relations of gender and generation, and attempts to find new social forms in the aftermath of war.

Within the Trustland Project, she is studying the use of statutory organs (Local Councils, Magistrates Courts, Area Land Committees, and District Land Boards) in attempts to resolve land disputes. She is interested in land issues within small urban centres that had hosted IDP camps. She focuses on the evidence and arguments that carry weight, and in the extent to which decisions are implemented.

Selected publications:
Whyte, S.R. , S. van der Geest & A. Hardon. Social Lives of Medicines. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2002.
Ingstad, B. & SR Whyte (eds.) Disability in Local and Global Worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2007
Alber, E. , S. van der Geest, SR Whyte (eds.) Generations in Africa: Connections and Conflicts. Münster: LIT Verlag. 2008
Muyinda, H. & SR Whyte. Displacement, Mobility and Poverty in Northern Uganda. In: B. Ingstad & A. Eide. Disability and Poverty. Bristol: Policy Press. 2011.
Whyte, S, S. Babiiha , R. Mukyala, L. Meinert. From encampment to emplotment: land matters in former IDP camps. Journal of Peace and Security Studies. 1:17-27. 2013.
Whyte, SR (ed.) Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda. Durham: Duke University Press. 2014.