Nolwenn Bühler

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Dre. Nolwenn Bühler


Nolwenn Bühler is an anthropologist of biomedicine and health with a background in nursing. She has worked as a senior lecturer in gender studies at the University of Neuchâtel from 2018 to 2021. Her teaching included a BA introductory course and a MA thematic course focusing on the constitution, uses, and politics of the category of nature and the diverse ways of engaging with it from a gender perspective. She currently works as a SNSF senior researcher at the University of Lausanne and as a research manager at Unisanté. Her research explores current reconfigurations of public health research, health inequalities, and environment-health relations in the context of three projects: "Development of Personalized Health in Switzerland: Social Sciences Perspectives" (DoPHiS); SociocoViD; and ChemoAgro.

She holds a PhD in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Zurich and is the author of When Reproduction Meets Aging: The Science and Medicine of the Fertility Decline (2021), book based on her doctoral thesis, in which she dealt with the production of knowledge on reproductive ageing and the role assisted reproductive technologies played in it. She also explored the ontological and political effects of the medically assisted extension of fertility in Switzerland. Before joining the University of Neuchâtel, she spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Gender and Women’s Studies Department of the University of California Berkeley, followed by year as a research fellow in the Reproduction Research Group of De Montfort University, Leicester (UK) and a year as a senior research fellow at the Interface sciences-société of the University of Lausanne.

Her research interests focus on science-society relationships, reproductive technologies, gender and kinship, body-environment interactions, and personalized health. In addition, as a member of the Ethical and Deontological Think Tank of the Swiss Anthropological Association, she is interested in the ethics of qualitative research.