Britta Rutert

Position and Organisation:
Medical Anthropologist, University Hospital Charité
Location:
Cape Town, South Africa

Britta Rutert received her PhD in Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin. Her thesis, “Contested Properties: People, Plants and the Politics of Bioprospecting in Post-Apartheid South Africa”, involved two years of extensive ethnographic fieldwork analyzing, among others, the value the Kukula Traditional Health Practitioners attribute to their medicinal plants and knowledge in the context of Access Benefit Sharing (ABS) agreements. Concurrently she was a researcher for Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment in Bushbuckridge, South Africa. Currently she also works as a medical anthropologist at the University Hospital Charité in Berlin, Germany.