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Elizabeth Elliot: Support for PhD Research on Buddhism & Traditional Medicine in Laos

Elizabeth’s research is helping to map a landscape of traditional medicine used in rural Laos. It includes village-based participant observation and ethno-botanical surveys with the government-run Institute of Traditional Medicine.

In a context of rapid knowledge loss, environmental change and deforestation, Elizabeth’s research aims to provide an ethnographic account of household, local and Buddhist medicine and experiences of health and illness.

Elizabeth's work will assist in protecting these traditional practices and help to highlight their relevance to the developing healthcare system in Laos.

She also hopes to address the current lack of literature on knowledge transmission and geography in this part of Southeast Asia.

As part of her PhD, Elizabeth’s stay will consist of a period of study and research in Vientiane, followed by a year of rural fieldwork.

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