Upcoming Seminars and Talks

Catalysing innovative interdisciplinary research through knowledge sharing

 

Talk by Dr Anne Geniets, 1st November 2016, 'The mCHW project - taking a Preferential Option for the Poor approach towards mHealth for marginalised communities'

In this talk, drawing on recent research of our team in urban and rural Kenya, I explore whether mobile technologies can help overcome barriers to health care training, leading to improved provision and delivery of health care services for marginalised populations. Analysing the barriers to care experienced by mothers of children with disabilities in two Kenyan communities, I ask how ‘appropriate’ technology can contribute to the more equitable provision of health care, the challenges of integrating mobiles into existing health care structures and implications for future research agendas.

Time: 1pm - 2pm
Date: 1st Nov 2016
Location: Peter Medawar Building, Level 30, Seminar room

Seminar by Prof. Nora Groce and Dr. Maria Kett, 31 May 2016, ‘How can research contribute to building capacity on disability in LMICs?’

In this fourth talk of our seminar series on ‘Building Capacity on disability in low- and middle-income countries’, Professor Nora Groce and Dr Maria Kett, Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, UCL, will ask the question:

How can research contribute to building capacity on disability in the developing world?

Professor Groce and Dr Kett will discuss some of the ways in which they consider that research has actively contributed to building capacity on disability amongst researchers and practitioners in high and lower income countries. They will speak about their experiences of leading a number of disability-focused research grants, and how disability research has gradually come into the mainstream; as well as the ways in which researchers – as well as advocates and practitioners - have had to adapt to this inclusion. Thanks in part to a shifting global context, including a human rights-based agenda and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008), disability issues have become more visible in mainstream development research. This is not without a number of challenges, not least an inherently politicised agenda on behalf of some groups; variations in social and cultural contexts and understandings of disability; lack of agreed or unified positions on definitions – all of which have led to challenges in data collection and a lack of data – or rather, a lack of evidence-based, robust data that is accepted and agreed by the range of impairment groups. These challenges themselves raise a number of questions. The presentation will discuss the challenges of building the capacity of researchers and other stakeholders to mainstream disability across a range of approaches and practices.

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
Date: Tuesday, 31th May 2016
Location: Mawby Room, Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN [Map]

 

Seminar by Drs. Niall Winters and Anne Geniets, 24 May 2016, ‘From health care training to overcoming structural barriers: can technology help?’

In this third talk of our seminar series on ‘Building Capacity on disability in low- and middle-income countries’, Drs. Niall Winters and Anne Geniets will ask the question:

From health care training to overcoming structural barriers: can technology help?

Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are characterised by an acute shortage of trained doctors and nurses, and a strong reliance on community health workers. In this talk, drawing on recent research in urban and rural Kenya, we explore whether mobile technologies can help overcome barriers to health care training, leading to improved provision and delivery of health care services for marginalised populations. Analysing the barriers to care experienced by mothers of children with disabilities, we ask how technology can contribute to the more equitable provision of health care, the challenges of integrating mobiles into existing health care structures and implications for future research agendas.

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm
Date: Tuesday, 24th May 2016
Location: Mawby Room, Kellogg College, 60-62 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PN [Map

Everyone is warmly invited. Please let anne.geniets(at)education.ox.ac.uk know if you have any special requirements.