A joint webinar based on a University of Sheffield ESRC funded project on chronic disease and intersectionality and the Understanding Inequalities (UI) project
Chair: Professor Gwilym Pryce (University of Sheffield)
Speakers: Dr Daniel Holman (University of Sheffield), Dr Jenny Douglas (Open University), Dr Andrew Bell (University of Sheffield), Dr Lois Orton (University of Sheffield)
Interest in intersectionality as a way to advance understanding of and action on health inequalities has exploded in recent years, with a series of high-profile papers and projects appearing across international fora. Essentially, intersectionality acknowledges that gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic position, age (and other social attributes) do not exist in isolation, but are mutually constituted, as therefore are the inequalities associated with them. These inequalities must be understood as rooted in systems of social power. Focussing on single axes of inequality does not accord with social reality, and inevitably regurgitates simplistic, ineffective policy solutions.
This panel directly engages with the intersectionality agenda, presenting a range of (quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method) empirical and methodological work on how it furthers understanding of health inequalities and how to tackle them. We consider inequalities across the life course and socio-historical contexts. Talks will cover biomarkers in healthy ageing, multilevel simulation studies, mixed methods research on youth smoking, and European policy perspectives on Roma health.