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

Senior Research Fellow, I joined UWE in 2015 as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, and led a study of gender and sexual relationships amongst 16 -18 year olds, training a team of young people as researchers. Outputs included relationship and sex education (RSE) materials and the film 'DARE' which received a Special Mention at the UK Seasonal Short Film Festival (2019) and was shortlisted for the Directed by Women Festival (Istanbul, 2019). Subsequently I've worked on applied studies such as the Bristol Ageing Better programme, (BAB) evaluation and the NIHR-funded AmBeR project. 

Current responsibilities:

1) Public involvement and community research lead on TRUUD: Tackling the Root Causes Upstream of Unhealthy Urban Environments https://truud.ac.uk/  This involves bringing decision-makers closer to lived experiences of disadvantaged communities and promoting understanding of links between the built environment and health through creative co-production.

2) Principal Investigator on the NIHR-funded Inclusivity in Stroke Self-Management Support (ISSMAS). This employs an Evidence-Based Co-design methodology with black people living with stroke and health and social care professionals in the UK.

I supervise dissertation students on the UWE MSc Public Health programme and am on four doctoral supervision teams.  

I teach on Qualitative Research Methods, Health Promotion and Introduction to Global Public Health modules and am one of the 'Flying Faculty' on the new Hainan Medical University - UWE MSc PH programme in China.

As part of UWE's Public Involvement team, I promote public involvement (PI) in the design and conduct of health research. We believe good PI improves the 'real world' relevance of research, ensuring it addresses the needs of the public, patients and carers. The team works with diverse 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), a 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. Prior to joining UWE I held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Anthropology, Lisbon University Institute (CRIA-IUL). Before joining academia much of my work experience was ethnographic and applied research for HIV, sexual and maternal health service development. I conducted advisory and evaluation work for UNFPA, UNICEF, ITM-Antwerp, SCF-UK and DFID. Countries worked in to date: Cambodia, Vietnam, Botswana, Gambia, Nigeria,  Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda,  India, Pakistan.

Area of expertise

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


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