Blog post: Intersectionality and the life course

We have published a new blog on the British Society of Gerontology’s Ageing Issues which argues that we need to consider how intersectionality and the life course perspectives speak to each other in understanding unequal ageing. We especially focus on unequal healthy ageing and quantitative methods. Take a look here!

Webinar: How can intersectionality further understanding on health inequalities?

The recording and slides are now available for the webinar held on 5th November 2020 (see further below for details).

Link to recording (starts at 3:40): Click here

Intersectionality and health explainer video

We commissioned Posh Gecko to produce a 3 minute explainer animation on intersectionality and health, aimed at non-specialist audiences. Take a look! If you are interested in working with us on using intersectionality in your own work, please get in touch.

Webinar: How can intersectionality further understanding on health inequalities?

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 intersectionality can further 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.

Stakeholder workshop

A project workshop was held at the University of Sheffield on May 20th 2019 on the topic of intersectionality in health inequalities research. The audience were a mixture of UK and international academics, as well as people working in the NHS, third sector organisations, local city councils and other national and local bodies.

The specific aims of the workshop were:

  • To spread awareness of intersectionality and its potential for understanding/tackling health inequalities.
  • To share examples of how intersectionality can be applied to health inequalities research.
  • To get input from both academic and non-academic audiences on current challenges/issues in intersectionality research.
  • To establish ways forward and next steps in promoting intersectional ways of thinking.
  • To facilitate networking on this topic.

A summary of the workshop is available here:

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