Professor Yolanda Eraso
Yolanda Eraso is a Professor of Health Studies and Director of the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care.
Yolanda Eraso, Professor of Health Studies

Yolanda Eraso

Before arriving at London Metropolitan University, Yolanda held a Wellcome Trust Post-doctoral Research Fellowship (2007-2010) at Oxford Brookes University. She received a PhD (2006) and MA (2003) in Medical History, both also funded by the Wellcome Trust.

She has taught across a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes in health studies at many other universities and HEIs. She has held visiting research and teaching positions at the Centre for Medicine, Health and Society (Oxford Brookes University), University of Salamanca (Spain), the University of Cordoba (Argentina), Casa Oswaldo Cruz Fiocruz (Brazil) and IES London. While at the Department of Clinical Health Care, Oxford Brookes University, she was part of the programme development team for the MSc in Cancer Studies and the MSc Palliative Care: Global Perspectives.

At London Metropolitan University, Yolanda was Research Lead for the School of Social Professions (2019-2020) and currently is the PhD student coordinator for the Health area.

Yolanda’s research interests in health studies encompasses two main areas: the first, is in applied health research, where she currently investigates in two projects: adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy medication for women with breast cancer (lead); and COVID 19 and adherence to social distancing measures in London communities (co-lead).

A second strand of Yolanda’s research draws upon and seeks to integrate historical, social and policy methods of analysis in national and international health contexts. Connected to this, Yolanda’s most recent research is on hormones and breast cancer where she analyses historical and contemporary intersections of gender, culture, and biology to examine scientific developments and clinical application of endocrine treatments in Argentina and the US.

Previous research projects have investigated social representations of motherhood from a medical humanities approach. She has also conducted a series of collaborative and individual research projects on women and welfare in Latin America, and on labour therapy for psychiatric patients in Argentina. Yolanda is Director of the Centre for Primary Health and Social Care since 2017.

As well as being Course Leader for the Public Health and Health Promotion BSc, Yolanda teaches and supervises dissertations for the Health and Social Care BSc and the MA health programmes. She supervises PhD students and she would be pleased to hear from potential postgraduate students interested in the following research areas: women’s health, female cancer, global health, medical humanities.
Her work has been funded through grants awarded by the University of Córdoba, Oxford Brookes University, London Metropolitan University (QR and HEIF funding), Wellcome Trust, ORSAS, Santander, Ministry of Health Córdoba, Argentinian National Agency of Science & Technology, and Spanish International Cooperation Agency.


  1. Eraso, Y (ed) (2009). Mujeres y asistencia social en Latinoamérica, siglos XIX y XX. Argentina, Colombia, México, Perú y Uruguay/ [Women and Welfare in Latinamerica] Córdoba: Alción Editora. ISBN: 978-987-646-116-0
  2. Eraso, Y (2013). Representing Argentinian Mothers. Medicine, Ideas and Culture in the Modern Era, 1900-1946. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, Clio Medica: Perspectives in Medical Humanities. ISBN: 978-90-420-3704-5; E-book ISBN: 978-94-012-0961-8
  3. Rustoyburu, C. and Eraso, Y (eds.) (2018) Cuerpos Hormonales. Intersecciones entre Laboratorio, Clínica y Sociedad. [Hormonal Bodies. Intersections between laboratory, clinic, and society] Mar del Plata: Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. ISBN 978-987-4440-47-1

Edited journal

  • Eraso, Y and Teixeira, L (eds.) (2014). Dossier: Controlling Female Cancer in South-America. Policies, Professional Groups and Health Strategies in the Twentieth and Twentieth-First Century. Dynamis, 34 (1)

Journal articles (from 2010)

  1. Eraso, Y., Hills, S. (2021) Intentional and unintentional non-adherence to social distancing measures during COVID-19: A mixed-methods analysis. PLOS One; Aug 19;16(8):e0256495. Available online.
  2.  Eraso, Y., Hills, S.  (2021) Self-isolation and quarantine during the UK’s first wave of Covid-19. A mixed-methods study of non-adherence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Jun 30;18(13):7015. Available online.
  3.  Eraso, Y., Stefler, D., Moon, Z., Rossi, L., Assefa, S. (2021) Extending adjuvant endocrine therapy for 10 years. A mixed-methods analysis of women’s decision making in an online breast cancer forum. Healthcare; Jun 7;9(6):688. Available online.
  4. Hills, S.; Eraso, Y. (2021) Factors associated with non-adherence to social distancing rules during the COVID-19 pandemic: a logistic regression analysis. BMC Public Health; 21(1):352. Available online.
  5.  Eraso, Y (2019) Oestrogen receptors and breast cancer: are we prepared to move forward? A critical review. BioSocieties.
  6. Eraso, Y (2019) Factors influencing oncologists’ prescribing hormonal therapy in women with breast cancer: a qualitative study in Córdoba, Argentina. International Journal for Equity in Health, 18:35. doi: 10.1186/s12939-019-0936-z [Pub Med
  7. Eraso, Y (2019) Oncologists' perspectives on adherence/non- adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy and management strategies in women with breast cancer. Patient Preference and Adherence, 13(13):1311–1323. DOI: 10.2147/PPA.S211939 [Pub Med
  8. Eraso, Y (2019) Cancer Control and Prevention in Argentina. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.696 
  9. Eraso, Y (2017) Knowledge circulation in breast cancer detection. Techniques, methods and lexicon. Medical Historian, 27, 43-5
  10. Eraso, Y (2014) Controlling Female Cancer in Argentina. Divergent Initiatives and the Road to Fragmentation. Dynamis, 34 (1), 2014, 73-100 [Pub Med]
  11. Eraso, Y and Teixeira, L (2014) Female cancers. A perspective from the Latin South. Dynamis. 2014;34(1):17-24
  12. Eraso, Y (2010) Migrating Techniques, Multiplying Diagnoses: The Contribution of Argentina and Brazil to 'early detection' Policy in Cervical Cancer. História, Ciências, Saúde – Manguinhos, 17 (supl.1), 33-51 [Pub Med]

Book chapters (from 2010)

  1. Eraso, Y (2018) ‘El reino del estrógeno. Generizando el tratamiento hormonal para el cáncer de mama’. In C. Rustoyburu and Y. Eraso (eds). Cuerpos Hormonales. Intersecciones entre Laboratorio, Clínica y Sociedad. Mar del Plata: Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, pp. 53-90
  2. Eraso, Y and Rustoyburu, C (2018) ‘Cuerpos hormonales. Problemáticas y perspectivas históricas y contemporáneas’. In C. Rustoyburu and Y. Eraso (eds). Cuerpos Hormonales. Intersecciones entre Laboratorio, Clínica y Sociedad. Mar del Plata: Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, pp. 9-28
  3. Eraso, Y (2014) ‘Género, hormonas y cáncer de mama. Perspectivas comparadas en Norte y Sudamérica’. In C. Rustoyburu y A. Cepeda (eds.) De las Hormonas Sexuadas al Viagra. Ciencia, Medicina y Sexualidad en Argentina y Brasil. Mar del Plata: Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, pp. 75-109
  4. Eraso, Y (2010) ‘A burden to the state: the reception of the German 'Active Therapy' in an Argentinian colony-asylum in the 1920s and 1930s’. In W. Ernst and T. Mueller (eds.) Transnational Psychiatries: Social and Cultural Histories of Psychiatry in Comparative Perspective C. 1800-2000.  Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.51-79
She serves in the Editorial Board of the journal: Clinical Medicine: Case Reports – SAGE publications, and regularly act as reviewer for the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Awards Humanities and Social Sciences grant panels. She is a Fellow Member of the Royal Society of Public Health.
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