End of project event presentations

The presentations from the end-of-project event are now available:

Prof. Sarah Salway: Can intersectionality help with understanding and tackling health inequalities? Video here | Slides here

Dr. Andrew Bell: Geography and intersectionality. Slides here

Dr. Daniel Holman: Intersectionality in a life course perspective. Slides here

Blog post: Intersectionality: buzzword or key to solving health inequalities?

We have published a new blog on the Fuse open science which summarises a paper we co-produced with stakeholders on the policy potential and challenges of an intersectional health perspective. We explore some of the key policy suggestions in this area and offer suggestions for the way forward. Take a look here!

End-of-project event

Join us for a policy-research crossover event on the topic of intersectionality and health inequalities on the 30th September 3-4:45pm.

This event will report findings from the project and then a policy response from Dr. Bola Owolabi, Director of Health Inequalities at NHS England and NHS Improvement. We will finish with a panel Q&A session, including members of the project team and our policy and practice partners.

Alan Walker, Professor of Social Policy and Social Gerontology, will chair the event.

Intersectionality has recently witnessed an explosion in interest, with claims about its transformative potential now commonplace. The pandemic has fuelled public health interest in the topic given the intersecting inequalities it has sharply exposed. This raises a number of questions:

• How workable is intersectionality in practice, and what are the barriers and challenges with its uptake?

• What is the relevance of intersectionality to understanding stark healthy ageing inequalities?

• What is the potential for an intersectional life course perspective?

In exploring these questions, we will draw from published papers and work-in-progress which cover empirical research, stakeholder perspectives and conceptual development.

To register, please see the Eventbrite link here

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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