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Social Networking workshop: Postgraduate students and the UCL-Lancet Commission on Culture & Health

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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Social Networking workshop:  Postgraduate students and the UCL-Lancet Commission on Culture & Health


UCL Archaeology Building, G6 Lecture Theatre,

31-34 Gordon Square,




Tuesday 30th April



Social networking around health: how do people engage with health services through existing and novel channels? 


The ways in which people interact with others and institutions in relation to health are constantly changing, being influenced by new technologies, as well as more traditional forms of communication. The topics in this session will provoke discussion around some of the varying and complex ways in which people social network around health.


A group of PhD students and researchers working at UCL and with linked projects, including the Lancet Commission on Culture and Health, will present their work. They will discuss examples of the complicated ways in which individuals, patients, community groups working in health and policymakers interact (or miscommunicate) through both traditional and novel channels. It will consider the impact of personal and group interaction, informal networks, social media and new technologies on people's health and healthcare-seeking behaviours.


The group will present their work whilst being mindful of the wider context of profound changes to the NHS. This raises further dimensions for debate - for example, the NHS has stated clear policy goals to develop e-health and m-health technologies, to enable patients to have greater information about and responsibility for their health. Yet these new platforms for social networking are interpreted and understood very differently by the patients they aim to engage. How do these policies come to play out in practice, and influence the spaces in which we interact with health services? How might social networks be a useful way of communicating information about the reforms to various stakeholders, especially health service users?


The panel of academic staff will then comment on the presentations, and raise further points for discussion.



Host - Professor Nick Tyler CBE (Head of UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering; Pro-Provost, South Asia; Chair, Executive Group, Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing)

Chair - Dr Michael Stewart (Senior Lecturer in Anthropology; Founder, Open City Docs at UCL)


Student discussions


1) Lucy Irvine – The process of research as a form of social networking around health

2) Caitlin O’Grady – Pembury Children’s Centre focus group

3) Julian Pericles – Introduction to film project

Short film screening – ‘Pembury Children’s Centre’

4) Emilie Glazer – Isolation in urban spaces, strategies to improve wellbeing through social interaction

5) Aaron Parkhurst – New technologies and health identities

6) Ulrike Neuendorf – Living Under One Sun introduction

 Short film screening – ‘Living Under One Sun’


Panel feedback




Dr Dan McQuillan (Lecturer in Creative & Social Computing, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Dr Rodney Reynolds (Teaching Fellow, UCL Institute for Global Health)

Dr Patty Kostkova (Head of City ehealth Research Centre (CeRC) at City University, London; Principal Research Associate in e-Health, UCL Computer Science )

Professor Claire Warwick (Vice-Dean for Research, UCL Faculty of Engineering; Chair of Digital Humanities, Head of Department, UCL Information Studies)

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When & Where

UCL Archaelogy Building
G6 Lecture Theatre
31-34 Gordon Square
WC1H 0PY London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

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