Dr Freya Jephcott

Postdoctoral Associate
University Positions
Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER)
Specialising in
The unobserved emergence of large burdens of disease

Freya’s work utilises epidemiology and ethnography in order to understand the effectiveness of outbreak surveillance and response systems. 

Academic interests

Freya Jephcott’s academic interests include: 

  • Ethnography 
  • Field epidemiology
  • Epistemic injustice
  • Organizational theory.

Degrees obtained

  • BMedSci.
  • BA (Hons).
  • MPhil, Cantab.
  • PhD, Cantab.

Awards and prizes

  • Ebola Medal for Service in Africa.
  • ANU Chancellor’s Prize.


Freya has a particular interest in the variable visibility of different burdens of disease within public health and convenes the Hidden Epidemics and Epidemiological Obfuscation research network. In addition to her research, Freya also participates in applied and policy work on complex health emergencies with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Other interests

Homesteading, sailing and set design.

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Publications, links and resources

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