A brief note of thank you

A Message from SDHI Co-Director Thilo Kroll: I would like to thank the SDHI Team  for making my time in SDHI over the past (nearly) six years not only an extremely gratifying and successful journey but an exciting and creative one. It has been amazing to work with so many wonderful people and truly inspiring. The journey into ever new interdisciplinary collaborative adventures has created impactful work and formed many lasting friendships and professional relationships. And it would not have been possible without an outstanding administrative team around Dr Fred Comerford and Mrs Rosanne Bell.

I have learned a lot in those years. The universities of Dundee and St Andrews are phenomenal institutions, rich in innovative and multi-disciplinary potential as are the communities which they serve locally, nationally and globally. May this exciting journey continue for a long time with new collaborations forming. I know it will. I look back with great fondness at my 11 years in Dundee in SDHI and the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Thank you and all the very best for the future.

SDHI Co-Director Moving On

Our Co-Director, Professor Thilo Kroll is leaving next week to take up the post of Professor of Health Systems Management at University College Dublin.  We would all like to express our deep gratitude to Professor Kroll for his wonderful leadership, enthusiasm and support over the last 6 years in SDHI and the last 11 years within the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Dundee.  We would also like to wish Thilo all the very best for the future

SDHI Seminars – Implications of health issues experienced by adult survivors of sexual abuse

SDHI is delighted to announce 2 seminars, presented by Dr Sarah Nelson, SDHI Associate and Research Associate, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh.  The first seminar will be held on Thursday 6th October 2016 at 3pm in room 1G05, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

‘Physical ill-health in abuse survivors: Somatisation or domestic torture?’

The second seminar will be held on Thursday 24th November 2016 at 3pm in room 1G05, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

‘Radical change in mental health: Implications of the trauma paradigm’

In these two interlinked seminars, Dr Nelson raises challenging questions, from her new book “Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: Radical Approaches*”, about the wider implications of health issues experienced by adult survivors of sexual abuse.

*Nelson, S. (2016) Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: Radical approaches to prevention, protection and support, Bristol: Policy Press.


Please register your attendance at these FREE seminars by emailing Rosanne (r.c.bell @dundee.ac.uk)

For further information see links below

Seminar 6 Oct 2016

Seminar 24 November 2016

Interdisciplinarity, Capability Development and Research that Matters: Impression from SDHI ‘Catch up and Thinking Ahead’ Meeting

On Thursday, 30th of June SDHI hosted a meeting entitled ‘Catching Up & Thinking Ahead’ as part of our annual reflection of SDHI’s direction of travel. The meeting, which was attended by students and staff from a wide range of Schools and Departments of both Dundee and St Andrews universities, engaged in a lively and cumulative discussions (World Café Style) with focus on three themes:

  1. Supporting local research capacity & capability building
  2. Supporting methodologically innovative & interdisciplinary research
  3. Doing research that matters

The themes were chosen to reflect SDHI’s past activities in all of these areas but more importantly to explore the currency of these topics in the context of structural changes within the universities over the past years and wider social and political drivers of change. At present we are summarising the cumulative findings from the afternoon but would like to provide a little ‘taster’ of the issues that have been discussed.

In relation to building and extending research capacity and capability, participants pointed to SDHI’s capability of providing mentorship and peer support for early career researchers and students. Moreover, it is a space for connecting with a wide network of academic interests. It is seen as an environment that fosters the development of transferrable skills and provides encouragement as well as tangible supports in terms of grant writing skills. There are opportunities to provide these services to other organisations, such as NGOs who wish to develop research and evaluation skills.

The interdisciplinary space that SDHI provides is seen as something that provides ‘direct answers to the impact agenda’. As a values based, open institute it is appreciated for the respectful dialogue, collaborative partnership opportunities and a plurality of methodological approaches.

Research that matters can be improved through even more immediate participatory engagement with stakeholders in the setting of research agendas. SDHI may contribute to the development of inclusive methodologies and processes in research and serves as a voice for human rights. There was an acknowledgement of the growing (awareness of) complexity of health and wellbeing issues and a perceived threat that health becomes increasingly commodified and economised. SDHI can play a meaningful role in revealing these tendencies. Research that ‘matters’ has to naturally embrace a large and diversified ‘tool box’ of methods that can be employed to answer a wide range of research questions.

Many more very valuable points were made that afternoon and provided very helpful impact to the SDHI team for planning future activities. Watch this space. The SDHI Team would like to thank everyone for their input and wish to hear from people who could not participate last week. If you have any thoughts and views around the three themes or any other comments, please let us know at sdhi @dundee.ac.uk

Clear and unequivocal commitment to Europe and our partners

In the face of the ‘Brexit’ referendum SDHI would like to express its thanks to the many emails of support that have reached us from our European partners. We would like to assure you that – as the majority of academic institutions and partners in the UK and the majority of the Scottish public – we are committed to Europe and fully expect to remain key partners in research and development of the future. At the moment we are in a holding situation as a result of the fundamental lack of leadership from the UK government. However, for the time being we continue business as usual in anticipation of a continuation of the constructive working relationships with our partners in and beyond a Europe of collaboration.

Disability Research Edinburgh website launch & networking event

Disability Research Edinburgh (DRE) is a network of researchers whose work engages with disability.

The main aims of the group are to help raise the profile of disability research in the University of Edinburgh, and to provide a coherent and coordinated means of communication and collaboration between DRE members and the growing disability research community beyond Edinburgh.

Since late 2014, the network has been running a series of research seminars presented by DRE members and guest speakers. The group comprises around 60 members of staff and students from various disciplines, with contributions from researchers working in Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Australia.

This next event aims to provide members of the network, and anyone interested in the area of disability research, an opportunity to come together and celebrate the launch of our new website and to highlight the diversity of research in the field.

Speakers will include:

  • George Low, Disability Research Edinburgh
  • Professor Dorothy Miell, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor John M Davis, Professor of Childhood Inclusion, Moray House School of Education
  • Inclusion Scotland
  • Disability History Scotland, who will present their Lottery Funded animation One Last Push: the final Battle of World War One? This film provides a short history of disability in Scotland and questions how social attitudes towards disability have changed, developed and often stalled, from WWI to the present day.

Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Find out about access to the venue. If you have any further queries about access, please do feel free to contact disability.research@ed.ac.uk.

Book for FREE via Eventbrite

The event is free to attend, and everyone is welcome, but please register in advance using Eventbrite.

More about Disability Research Edinburgh

DRE was established by George Low, a PhD student in the Reid School of Music. His research explores the challenges facing disabled musicians, like himself, and aspiring musicians with disabilities, by attempting to identify the physical, psychological and social barriers they encounter.

In establishing a “collaborative space that would encourage interdisciplinary engagement”, George was supported by his PhD supervisors – Professor Raymond MacDonald and Professor Dorothy Miell – and by Dr Katie Overy, Co-director of the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD).

Within ECA, DRE has developed links with groups such as Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Collaborative Environments (CIRCLE), the Scottish Music and Health Network (SMHN) and OPENspace research centre, while linkages beyond the University include the Social Dimensions of Health Institute at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews.

The network has recently been awarded funding by the Institute of Academic Development.

15th June 2016
14:00 – 17:00
Main Lecture Theatre (E22), ECA Main Building, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh