Dr Jo White

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  • Qualifications:PhD
  • Position:Senior Research Fellow (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow)
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 87833
  • Email:Jo.White@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Health and Social Sciences. I joined UWE in 2015, managing a peer ethnography project, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, which studied young people's life worlds and behaviour, focusing particularly on gender, gender relations and sexual relationships. The project trained a team of 16 – 18 year olds as researchers and outputs included new relationship and sex education (RSE) materials for schools and a short film 'DARE', which received a Special Mention at the UK Seasonal Short Film Festival (Autumn 2019) and was shortlisted for the Directed by Women Festival (Istanbul, 2019).

I currently work on various applied research projects, including the evaluation of the Bristol Ageing Better programme, (BAB), which includes supporting a team of community researchers, and a co-production project investigating experiences of stroke amongst black communities in Bristol and strategies for improving communication between healthcare professionals, stroke survivors and their carers.

My theoretical interests include gender and identity, intersectionality, embodiment and modes of cross-cultural transmission.

I teach and supervise students on the MSc in Public Health programme. Responsibilities include leading the Introduction to Environmental and Public Health and Health Promotion Distance Learning modules.

I am a member of UWE's Public Involvement team which promotes public involvement (PI) in the design and conduct of health research, and believes that good PI improves the 'real world' relevance of research, ensuring that it addresses the needs of the public, patients and carers. The team works with a wide group of public contributors in a variety of research settings, employing a range of methodologies. We are a core part of People in Health West of England (PHWE), an innovative, UWE-led collaboration which supports the delivery of PI across the West of England.

I completed my PhD and MA studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Immediately prior to joining UWE I held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Anthropology, Lisbon University Institute (CRIA-IUL), and conducted a comparative ethnographic study of women's embodied experiences of childbirth and the interface between women and maternal health services in Portugal and England.

Much of my earlier previous work experience was ethnographic and applied qualitative research related to health service development, particularly HIV, sexual health and maternal health services. I also carried out advisory work and project evaluation for international agencies including UNFPA, UNICEF, the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, SCF-UK and DFID. Countries worked in to date: Cambodia, Vietnam, Botswana, Gambia, Nigeria,  Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda,  India and Pakistan.

Area of expertise

Ethnography, qualitative research methods, applied research, public involvement, co-production, gender, sexual health, maternal health, HIV, health promotion.


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