medical anthropology, health inequalities, health of the Roma, anthropology of power, radical environmentalism and romantic love
Andrej Belák is a researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. He received his MA degree at Charles University in Prague (Department of Anthropology and Human Genetics) and PhD degree at the University of Groningen (Faculty of Medicine). As a medical anthropologist with a transdisciplinary background, academically, he has so far focused primarily on the causes of and remedies for health inequalities between excluded Roma and the general population in Slovakia. Long-term experiments with the application of his findings at the national level founded his interest in the influences of power structures also on the nature of the current global ecological and social crisis. Pursuing this interest and his two life-long hobbies, he is currently retuning himself to an (auto)ethnography of radical environmentalism and romantic love.