Researcher

Dr Niamh Stephenson

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Research Interests:
Dr Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, whose research examines the relationships between public health and social and political change. Her current book project (co-authored with Prof. Susan Kippax) examines the global response to HIV and the role that response has played in the broader securitization of global public.

Her first book, Analysing Everyday...view more

Research Interests:
Dr Stephenson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Science the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, whose research examines the relationships between public health and social and political change. Her current book project (co-authored with Prof. Susan Kippax) examines the global response to HIV and the role that response has played in the broader securitization of global public.

Her first book, Analysing Everyday Experience: Social Research and Political Change examines how HIV positive people's experiences are both shaped by and can subvert dominant understandings of HIV, health and illness (co-authored with Dimitris Papadopoulos, published by Palgrave, 2006).

Her second book, Escape Routes: Control and Subversion in the 21st Century, examines recent shifts in the politics of experience in the fields of health, labour and migration (co-authored with Dimitris Papadopoulos and Vassilis Tsianos, Pluto, 2008).

She has published in the fields of sociology of health & medicine, social research, cultural studies and qualitative research methods and is currently researching pandemic influenza and biosecurity.

Broad Research Areas:
HIV - AIDS, Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Health Promotion

Qualifications:
BA Hons TCD, PhD Macquarie

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:
Editorial Boards: Culture,Health & Sexuality; Theory & Psychology, Subjectivity

Specific Research Keywords:
Social Change, Psychosocial Issues, Health Inequalities, Research methods, Social Determinants of Health


My Expertise

Social Change, Psychosocial Issues, Health Inequalities, Research methods and Social Determinants of Health.

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Contact

02 9385 1281

Research Activities

This Australian Research Council Discovery Project examines how Australia responded to H1N1 2009 (Swine flu) and similar outbreaks. Using in-depth interviews with everyday Australians and policy-makers, document analysis, and policy research workshops, the Project investigates the conditions of everyday life that influence how Australians think, feel and act with regard to pandemic influenza. It will also focus on the related challenges of: the prevention and treatment of influenza; the gaps between policy and everyday life; and the political ramifications of pandemic infectious diseases.…

With Dr Catherine Mills, VELiM, Usyd. This project examines how the widespread use of ultrasound in pregnancy might be effecting public debates about the ethics of abortion. Obstetric ultrasound is a routine aspect of pregnancy, and foetal images are a familiar part of our cultural landscape. Combining social research and philosophical analysis, we will investigate the ways ultrasound shapes the experience of pregnancy. It will lead to an innovative…