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Ann Bevan BSc (Hons), MSc, AFBPsS, FFTM RCPS (Glasgow)


Tel: 01570 424983 (Direct)
E-mail: a.bevan@uwtsd.ac.uk

Lecturer on Anthropology, Psychology and International Development modules

I have been involved in the psychological and medical support of international aid and community development workers for over 25 years, working for various UK and international NGOs.  My specialism is in cross-cultural psychology, particularly issues on cultural transition and acculturation both within and between communities. 

I am also qualified in both Travel and Tropical Medicine, and have a special interest in the epidemiology and impact of infectious diseases on community/group behaviour, psychological and physical health of long-term expatriates, refugee and migrant health, and the role of governments and international NGOs in the global challenges of emerging diseases.

I have been lecturing in this field for 15 years at post-graduate level and, more recently, here at UWTSD Lampeter on the Anthropology and Psychology degree pathways.  I am currently also involved in developing the new International Development degree course.

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow (RCPSG)
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPsS)
  • Member of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
  • Member of International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
  • Member of ISTM Special Interest Group – Psychological Health of Travellers
  • Member of ISTM Special Interest Group – Responsible Travel
  • Member of the British Global & Travel Health Association (BGTHA)
  • Founder member of RCN Special Interest Group – Public Health & Travel Medicine
  • Steering Committee member  PiA/DfID Special Interest Group – Overseas Health & Safety
  • Member of the Student Health Association (SHA)
  • Neo-colonial discourse in tropical medicine education
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Humanitarian Aid Workers and Military Personnel
  • History and influence of infectious diseases in shaping the modern world

Current & Previous freelance work


  • Diploma in Travel Medicine for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow,  (Lecturer, Assessor and Personal Supervisor)
  • Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • MA/Diploma Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Psychological/health debriefing of overseas aid workers & assessment of medical provision for overseas staff

Free-lance trainer for staff pre-departure health and personal safety training (VSO, People in Aid, the British Council,  ICRC, MSF, ICYE, Global Exchange, Groupement Européen des Campus, European Multiple Sclerosis Platform, Association of Voluntary Service Organisations Brussels, numerous other international development agencies, GP surgeries, pharmaceutical companies etc.)  I am regularly invited to speak at conferences both in the UK and internationally on the psychological health and pre-departure health/personal security preparation of aid workers/long-term expatriates,

Running conference workshops on volunteer health and crisis management for the EU’s volunteer programme (past conferences: Glasgow, Manchester, London, Birmingham, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Hungary).

Publications/Published contributions:

  • Bevan, A. (2009) Sending Volunteers Overseas: Good Practice Guide; Volunteer Now, Belfast  
  • Maybin, S., Bevan, A., Montgomery, H. et al (2005 Edn) The Volunteer Health Handbook; VSO Publications, London
  • Bevan, A. (2001) Emergency & Crisis Management Policy Guide ; ICP Partneriaeth, Wales
  • Bevan, A. (1999) Emergency & Crisis Management Policy Guide; EIL Cultural & Educational Travel, Malvern
  • Bevan, A. (1990 Edn) Field Staff Handbook: Health and Personal Safety;  VSO, London

Contributor to: 

  • UK NGO AIDS Consortium(1993) HIV/AIDS and overseas employment; Health Education Authority, London
  • UK NGO Aids Consortium (1993) HIV/AIDS and overseas employment: Employers Guide;  Health Education Authority, London
  • Crisis Management: Health Policy Document for Volunteers and Staff; EVS Technical Support Unit, EACEA, EU Directorate for Youth & Education, Brussels  (2000)
  • Wilson-Howarth, J. (2006) “Bugs, Bites & Bowels”, and “Shitting Pretty”, Travellers Tales, Palo Alto, California

Selected Conference Papers/Presentations:

  • “Pre-departure Preparation for long-term expatriates”, British Travel Health Association conference workshop  1999
  • “A World of Difference”: Long-term Expatriates; British Travel Health Association conference paper  2000
  • “It Ain’t ‘alf Hot Mum”: Long-term Expatriates;  RCN Annual Conference   2007
  • “The Unwanted Dinner Guest”: An Evolutionary Biological View of Parasites; Association of Social Anthropologists Conference, University of Wales Trinity St David  2011