Evidence-Making of Biomedical Promise: Critically Analysing Innovative Health Intervention Implementation

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This PhD links to a program of work developing a critical social science of how evidence is made as part of new interventions and policies in health. It has two aims: to investigate how innovative or ground-breaking health interventions are translated into practice; and to reflect critically on the practices and effects of evidence-making linked to implementation science. Through qualitative and ethnographic methods and drawing on critical social science theories, the PhD will develop-up a project based on analysis of an empirical case study of biomedical innovation and/or new ground-breaking health technology.

The HDR requires skills in qualitative social research methods, especially ethnographic and interviewing methods. Given the conceptual orientation of the work, the HDR will also require knowledge and experience in the application of critical social theory (for example, in sociology, anthropology, science and technology studies, or critical policy studies), ideally in a health research context. Experience in research related to marginalised communities, drug use, blood borne viruses or sexual health would be beneficial.

Supervisory team
Tim
Rhodes

Arts & Social Sciences
Centre for Social Research in Health
Kari
Lancaster

Arts & Social Sciences
Centre for Social Research in Health
Jake
Rance

Arts & Social Sciences
Centre for Social Research in Health
k.lancaster@unsw.edu.au