Dr. David Napier

Dr. David Napier is a Professor of Medical Anthropology at University College London (UCL) and Director of its Science, Medicine, and Society Network. Professor Napier has been involved in three Lancet commissions, leading the 2014 Lancet Commission on Culture and Health. He regularly writes for the press and is lead author on a just published WHO Policy Brief on the Cultural Contexts of Health and Well-being. For his activities with more than 100 charities and NGOs, the UK government and research councils awarded him the first Beacon Fellowship in Public Engagement. Napier is also the recipient of the Burma Coalition’s Human Rights Award, and has served as a consultant on vulnerable populations in the aftermath of natural and human disasters, having, among others, worked for the World Health Organization, CRISIS UK, The United Nations, and the International Organization for Migration. He is currently the academic lead on the global Cities Changing Diabetes initiative and writing a new book on social trust.