Fijn, Dr Natasha
Natasha’s current research focus is an ARC Discovery project on ‘Mongolian Medicine: different modes of multispecies knowledge transmission’, which is an extension of her previous Mongolian-based field research, examining multispecies medicine in detail within herding communities in the Khangai Mountains. During her PhD Natasha observed herders applying medicinal practices and techniques across species, treating family members and the different species of herd animal. Her previous ethnography will now be expanded to include local doctors and veterinarians, to examine the multiple uses of biomedicine with traditional medicines for the treatment of illnesses in both humans and domestic animals. The ultimate aim of this cross-species, pluralistic approach to medicine is to inform the discussion surrounding One Health, where concepts and ideas from biomedicine, veterinary medicine and ecology are integrated to provide a more holistic approach to illness and wellbeing.