Last week Soapbox’s Emma Morrison and Suzanne Cross attended the seminar ‘Whose Voices Count? Doing Research on the Health of the Poor’ at the University of Aberdeen. The seminar brought together researchers working in international development to explore how we can do ‘people centred’ and ‘action-oriented’ research on social and health inequalities.
The seminar featured keynote speaker Professor Peter Byass who gave a fascinating presentation on vital registration and the implications of the lack of birth and death registration in low-income countries for health planning and policy making. With regard to the work of Soapbox, for example, failure to accurately record sepsis-related maternal and newborn deaths and healthcare-associated infections has implications for health system resource allocation, or lack thereof. A presentation from Dr Lucia D’Ambruoso followed which shared insights in to a recent project in South Africa employing a bottom-up approach connecting with population data at source. Finally, Dr Andrea Teti presented on ‘what do “the people” want? Democracy in EU Policy and MENA perceptions after the Arab Uprisings’ and shared findings from the Arab Transformations Public Opinion Survey.
Along with the interesting and engaging presentations the seminar, part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, provided an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues old and new. The seminar also marked the launch of the new Centre for Global Development at the University of Aberdeen, a centre of excellence committed to equity, social justice and sustainable futures.
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