Are we really advancing qualitative methods in health research? @ Rewley House
Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Are we really advancing qualitative methods in health research? @ Rewley House

For many good reasons, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, thematic analysis, and realist tales have become key tools within the qualitative researcher’s methodological toolkit. In this presentation, Dr Cassandra Phoenix invites the audience to consider the extent to which they may have (inadvertently) become the only tools within their toolkit.

Drawing on examples from across the social sciences, she considers how else we might collect, analyse and represent qualitative data within health research, asking what it means and involves to truly advance qualitative research methods in this field.

Dr Cassandra Phoenix is a Reader in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. Her research examines ageing, health and wellbeing from a critical/socio-cultural perspective. She has authored numerous publications on topics including the social and cultural dimensions of: physical activity in mid and later life; the lived experiences of chronic conditions (e.g. late onset visual impairment, vestibular disorders); and engagement with nature. Cassandra’s work is supported by a range of funders including ESRC, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, WHO and the NIHR.

This talk is being held as part of the Advanced Qualitative Research Methods course which is part of the Evidence-Based Health Care Programme. This is a free event and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Please note this event will now take place on Thursday (instead of Wednesday).

Nicci Gerrard – What Dementia Teaches Us About Love @ Blackwell's Bookshop
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Writer and campaigner Nicci Gerrard will be in conversation with doctor and author, Rachel Clarke on her latest book, which examines dementia and how it effects both those who live with it and those who care for them.

Past Times: Pandemic Century with Mark Honigsbaum @ Blackwell's Bookshop
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Past Times, Blackwell’s series of free history talks, continues with Mark Honigsbaum discussing his new book The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria and Hubris.

Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet, despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From pneumonic plague in LA and ‘parrot fever’ in Argentina to the more recent AIDS, SARS and Ebola epidemics, the last 100 years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated outbreaks and scares. Like man-eating sharks, predatory pathogens are always present in nature, waiting to strike; when one is seemingly vanquished, others appear in its place. The Pandemic Century exposes the limits of science against nature, and how these crises are shaped by humans as much as microbes.

Body Language @ Oxford Brookes (John Henry Brooks Theater)
May 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Professor Dave Carter reveals how understanding intercellular communication could improve healthcare.

“City region food systems: potential for impacting planetary boundaries and food security” with Dr Mike Hamm @ Oxford Martin School
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

This is a joint event with the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food

Dr Mike Hamm will explore the opportunity for regional food systems in-and-around cities for mutual benefit. He will approach a number of issues – including vertical farming, bio-geochemical cycles, water use, new entry farmers, and healthy food provisioning – embedded in the notion of city region food systems with reference to supply/demand dynamics.

This talk will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome