Research on the social aspects of health and medicine has a long history within Newcastle Sociology. This long-established cluster – in which the work of the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre (PEALS) http://www.ncl.ac.uk/peals/ forms a central part – engages in work spanning three broad areas:
Cluster members are involved in numerous collaborative relationships with colleagues in the social, medical and life sciences, within Newcastle University and beyond. We work with numerous partners in Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Singapore, and in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Much of this research directly addresses societal and political challenges, and engages with policy-making at national and transnational levels. Specific current and recent research projects have investigated (mostly with partners, who are not listed here):
University staff members active within the cluster include:
Dr Emma Clavering
Dr Cathrine Degnen
Dr Ruth Graham
Professor Erica Haimes
Dr Jackie Haq
Dr Mabel Lie
Dr Pauline McCormack
Professor Janice McLaughlin
Professor Peter Phillimore
Dr Jackie Leach Scully
Dr Ken Taylor
Dr Simon Woods
PhD (and MD) students in this cluster
Lisa Crowe: Termination of Pregnancy for non-lethal fetal anomalies: Professional perspectives.
Mohar Goswami: Should we be freezing embryos?
Stamatios Karavolos: Psychosocial experiences of men diagnosed with infertility.
Alexis Paton: Bioethical issues surrounding the use of fertility preservation techniques by cancer patients in Canada and the UK.
Benet Reid: The Discourse of Evidence-Based Healthcare (1992-2012). Power in Dialogue, Embodiment and Emotion.
Sarah Skyrme: Research decisions: Living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Conferences and Events – Recent and Forthcoming
2013 (March): PEALS 14th Annual International Symposium on Privileged Embodiments: Securing and Resisting the ‘Valuable’ Body, Newcastle (organisers)
2013 (May) RESCAP-MED 1st International Symposium on Social Determinants of NCDs in Mediterranean Countries, Istanbul, Turkey (joint organisers)
2013 (June): Annual national meeting of the UK childhood disability research network, Newcastle (lead organiser)
2013 (October): European Academy of Childhood Disability Annual Conference, Sage Gateshead, (member of Organising and Scientific Committee)
2013 (October): Being Active, Staying Healthy: Disabled Young People’s Workshop, Sage Gateshead (joint organiser)
2014 (April): 15th PEALS Annual International Symposium on Technologies of identification and responses to mass death: a symposium on the social and ethical aspects of Disaster Victim Identification, Newcastle (organisers)
2014 (June): International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics World Congress, Mexico City, 23-25 June 2014, "Health Care Ethics: Local, Global, Universal" (conference organiser co-chair)
2014 (December): RESCAP-MED 2nd International Symposium on Socio-political Transformations in the Arab World: Challenges for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Prevention and Control, Beirut, Lebanon (joint organisers)