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 to manage a peer ethnography project, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, which involved training a team of 16 – 18 year olds to study young people's life worlds and behaviour, focusing particularly on gender, gender relations and sexual relationships, aimed at identifying entry points for improving current service provision and supporting young people to advocate on key issues which affect them. I currently work on various applied research projects, including the UWE-led evaluation of the Bristol Ageing Better programme, which includes supporting a team of community researchers, and an investigation of experiences of stroke amongst black communities in Bristol.

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

I also teach and supervise students on the MSc in Public Health. My responsibilities include running the Introduction to Environmental and Public Health and Health Promotion Distance Learning modules.

I am a member of UWE's Public Involvement Team. The team aims to promote public involvement in the design and conduct of health research, and believes that good involvement improves the 'real world' relevance of research, ensuring that it addresses the needs of the public, patients and carers. The team has eight members who have experience of working with a wide range of public contributors in a variety of research settings and employing a range of methodologies. The team is a core part of People in Health West of England (PHWE), an innovative UWE-led collaboration which supports the delivery of public involvement 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), where I was responsible for a comparative ethnographic study of women's embodied experiences of childbirth and the interface between pregnant women and maternal health services in Portugal and England.

Much of my previous work experience has been in ethnographic and applied qualitative research related to health service policy and development, specialising particularly in HIV, sexual health and maternal health services. I also carried out advisory work on gender mainstreaming 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.


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