Dr Duika Burges Watson
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- Address: Institute of Health and Society
21 Claremont Place
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4AA
Dr Duika Burges Watson is a health geographer whose core research interests concern food, perception and well-being from source to senses. First, her work considers how the flavour of food is experienced differently and how life-course transitions, illness or disease can result in 'altered eating difficulties'. Second, drawing on insights from chefs and sensory scientists interested in multi-modal flavour perception, she considers the implications and potential benefits of applying new insights from sensory science to health fields. Finally, she is interested in how the 'stuff of food' is being transformed by industrial food manufacturing practices and how policy makers respond (or do not).
Current research includes work with survivors of head and neck cancer exploring the potential of progressive cuisine to enhance quality of life; food growing and foraging for 'free'; visceral geographies, urban agriculture and ultra-processed foods, and current developments in UK food policy.
Duika is Lecturer in the Institute of Health and Society and within FUSE, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health - a UKCRC Public Health Research Centre of Excellence.
Duika is a Director of the Station Masters' Community Wildlife Garden and Yoga Station: community initiatives that promote health and well-being through social innovation.
With Johanna Wadsley she was recipient of the 2012 Neville Schulman Challenge Award with the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers for the project Hugging the Coast - exploring liminal living and seaweed farming in the Sanghei archipelago (because she is fascinated by seaweed).
Specialties: Alternative food networks, food and flavour research, food policy, knowledge exchange, wider engagement and patient and public involvement, critical geographies and qualitative methods in health research.
- Watson DB, Adams J, Azevedo L, Haighton C. Promoting physical activity with a school-based dance mat exergaming intervention: qualitative findings from a natural experiment. BMC Public Health 2015, 16, 609.
- Azevedo LB, Watson DB, Haighton C, Adams J. The effect of dance mat exergaming systems on physical activity and health - related outcomes in secondary schools: results from a natural experiment. BMC Public Health 2014, 14, 951.
- Burges Watson DL, Sanoff R, Mackintosh JE, Saver JL, Ford GA, Price C, Starkman S, Eckstein M, Conwit R, Grace A, Murtagh MJ. Evidence from the Scene: Paramedic perspectives on involvement in out-of-hospital research. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2012, 60(5), 641-650.
- Burges Watson DL, Sanoff R, Mackintosh J, Saver JL, Starkman S, Eckstein M, Pratt F, Stratton S, Ford G, Price C, Yanes A, Murtagh M. Evidence From the Scene: Paramedic Perspectives on Involvement in Out-of-Hospital Research. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2012, 60(5), 641-650.
- Adams J, Halligan J, Burges-Watson D, Ryan V, Penn L, Adamson AJ, White M. The Change4Life Convenience Store Programme to Increase Retail Access to Fresh Fruit and Vegetables: A Mixed Methods Process Evaluation. PLoS One 2012, 7(6), e39431.
- Burges Watson D, Moreira T, Murtagh M. Little bottles and the promise of probiotics. Health:An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 2009, 13(2), 219-234.
- Farnworth A, Robson SC, Thomson RG, Burges Watson D, Murtagh MJ. Decision support for women choosing mode of delivery after a previous caesarean section: A developmental study. Patient Education and Counseling 2008, 71(1), 116-124.
- Burges Watson D, Stratford E. Feminizing risk at a distance: critical observations on the constitution of a preventive technology for HIV/AIDS. Social & Cultural Geography 2008, 9(4), 353-371.
- Burges Watson D, Thomson R, Murtagh M. Professional centred shared decision making: Patient decision aids in practice in primary care. BMC Health Services Research 2008, 8, 5.
- Burges Watson D. Public health and carrageenan regulation: a review and analysis. Journal of Applied Phycology: Proceedings of the International Seaweed Symposium 2008, 20(5), 505-513.
- Burges Watson D, Murtagh MJ, Lally JE, Thomson RG, McPhail S. Flexible therapeutic landscapes of labour and the place of pain relief. Health and Place 2007, 13(4), 865-876.
- Burges Watson D. Tourism. In: Critchley, AT; Ohno, M; Largo, DB, ed. World Seaweed Resources: an authoritative reference system. Wokingham, UK: ETI Information Services, 2006.
- Burges Watson D. Book Review: Van Loon, J. (2003) Risk and Technological Culture: Towards a Sociology of Virulence, Routledge, London, New York. Health, Risk & Society 2005, 7(1), 93-100.