Lenore Manderson was trained in Asian Studies, with her early field research in Peninsular Malaysia. Over the past four decades, she has worked as a medical anthropologist and social historian of medicine on questions of public health among diverse populations in Australia, east and southeast Asia, and increasingly in Africa. Her fields of research include questions of gender, sexuality and reproductive health; infectious and chronic disease; access to and ideologies of medical and health care; and disability and inequality.
Her sustained commitment to build research capacity includes her life long work with higher degree students in and from resource-poor settings, her involvement in CARTA (Collaboration for Advanced Research and Training in Africa), and from 1988 to her continuous collaboration with TDR (UNICEF / UNDP / World Bank / WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease). Her broad interests extend to interdisciplinary collaborations in the social and biosciences, humanities and creative arts, for social justice, human rights, and sustainability.