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Philip J. Havik is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHMT/UNL) since 2013, while he also teaches at the IHMT and at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH/UNL) in Lisbon. He is also visiting professor at the Faculty of History of the Universidade de Brasília.
He holds an MA in Political Science and Constitutional Law and post-graduate courses in Economic Development and in Cultural Studies and received his PhD in the Social Sciences from the aforesaid university.
He is a Research Fellow of the African Studies Centre of the University of Leiden and an associate researcher at the Centre for African Studies of the University of Oporto (CEAUP). In addition, he is review editor of the discussion network H-LusoAfrica and member of advisory boards of several peer reviewed journals, incl. Medical History.
His multidisciplinary research focuses on the history and anthropology of (tropical) medicine, international health, colonial and post-colonial governance, economic development and cross-cultural change. Key topics of interest are control programmes for sleeping sickness, malaria and STDs and the medical uses of ethno-botanical species; colonial and post-colonial administration and fiscal policies; rural development and informal markets; and cultural brokerage. In geographical terms his work centres upon sub-Saharan Africa, Portuguese Speaking African Countries (PALOP) and Guinea Bissau in particular.
He has led and taken part in various research projects in the aforementioned areas funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the European Commission. He also presided over and participated in MA and PhD committees, and acted as a consultant for government agencies and NGO.
Philip J. Havik is author/co-author of 20 peer reviewed publications, 25 book chapters and 6 books.
- Philip J. Havik, Alexander Keese & Maciel Santos (org.) Administration and Taxation in former Portuguese Africa (1900-1945). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015.
- Public Health and Tropical Modernity: the combat against sleeping sickness in Portuguese Guinea (1945-1974), in; Manguinhos: história, ciências, saúde, 21, 2, 2014: 641-666.
- Saúde Pública, Microbiologia e a Experiência Colonial: o combate àmalária na África Ocidental,(1850-1915), in: Cristiana Bastos & Renilda Barreto (org.) A Circulação do Conhecimento medicina, redes e impérios,Lisboa: Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS), 2013: 317-50.
- Colonial Administration, Public Accounts and Fiscal Extraction: policiesand revenues in former Portuguese Africa (1900-1960), in: AfricanEconomic History, 41, 2013: 162-226.
- Reconsidering Indigenous Health, Medical Services and Colonial Rule in Portuguese West Africa, in: CEAUP (ed.) O Colonialismo Português: novos rumos para a historiografia dos PALOP, Oporto: CEAUP, 2013: 233-66.