Elysée Nouvet, PhD

Elysse Nouvet

Associate Professor

Room 215, HSB
519 661-2111 x82217

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (McMaster)
  • PhD (York)
  • MA (Concordia)
  • MA (Goldsmiths College; University of London) 

Academic Appointments

  • McMaster University: Department of Health Evidence, Methods, and Impact

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Global Health and Global Health Research: Perceptions, power, ethics
  • Humanitarian healthcare
  • Social determinants, responses to, and impacts of suffering
  • Pain and palliative care across cultures
  • Best practices in research with marginalized populations
  • Drones for health

Additional Information

Feature Project

Recent Publications

Research Biography

Elysée Nouvet is a medical anthropologist whose work is united by commitment to bringing the lived experiences of those on the receiving end of initiatives developed in the name of health equity and humanity to bear on understandings and assessments of the value, limits, and impacts of those initiatives.

Her doctoral work (2011, York University) focused on the social determinants, expression, and impacts of pain and distress in a Nicaraguan shanty. Since then, she has developed and co-led research on perceptions and moral experiences of short-term medical missions in Central America, end-of-life care in Canadian hospitals, clinical trials during the West-Africa ebola epidemic, and palliative care in disasters and public health emergencies.

Dr. Nouvet is currently engaged in several research projects. Her primary program of research is funded by the Rapid Research Fund for Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks initiative, funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Her research within this initiative, “Strengthening the Ethics of Ebola Clinical Research with and for Limited Literacy Participants in Ebola Affected Countries”, aims to support the ethical conduct of research in Ebola-affected countries and more specifically meaningful community engagement with limited literacy stakeholders approached for clinical trials in the context of public health emergencies. This is a participatory project that involves close collaboration with the Health Research Ethics Committee of Guinea, ALIMA, Pandora ID-Net, the Biomedical Research Institute of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES), the Kikwit Ebola Survivors Association, and the Network of Ebola Survivors’ Association of Guinea (RENASEG). The series of ‘tools’ being produced through this project will be available open-access beginning in autumn 2020.

Since her appointment at Western, Dr Nouvet also has been funded by the Wellcome Trust/Save the Children/DFID R2HC (Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises) program and the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada (Project grant and Partnership Development Grants), and she currently is PI on a CIHR ethics project entitled “Beyond Ideals: Consent and Compensation in Global Health Research.”

Teaching Areas

  • Global health: ethics, politics, practice
  • Mental health: critical social and cross-cultural perspectives
  • Social determinants of health