Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Sociology of Health 

Lisa Dikomitis works in Keele's School of Medicine and in Keele's Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences. She is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Hull York Medical School and a Senior Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy.

Lisa Dikomitis holds undergraduate degrees in Education (2000, Catholic College Leuven [renamed UCLL] Belgium) and in Art History and Archaeology (2001, University of Leuven, Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (2003, Ghent University, Belgium). In March 2010 she gained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (i.e. a sociology and social anthropology degree) from Ghent University. Lisa also holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2015, University of Hull).

Lisa Dikomitis started her academic career as Assistant Lecturer in Qualitative and Comparative Research (2004-09) and Lecturer in Social Research (2010-12), both at the Department of Comparative Sciences of Cultures (renamed Centre for Research on Culture and Gender) at Ghent University, Belgium before she moved to the UK. In May 2012 Lisa joined the Hull York Medical School as Research Fellow (2012-14). In March 2014 she took up a permanent position as Lecturer in Social Research at the School of Social Sciences (renamed School of Education and Social Sciences) at the University of Hull. In July 2016 she joined Keele University as Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor).

Lisa Dikomitis held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus) in 2008, which was funded by the Research Foundation Flanders. She will be Visiting Faculty at the Ateneo de Manila University in September 2019, funded by the Ateneo School of Social Sciences.

Lisa Dikomitis' research is strongly interdisciplinary. She works at the intersection of social sciences, arts and humanities and medicine. She is internationally renowned for her research on forced migration, in particular her work on Greek Cypriot refugees. 
The first strand of her work is indeed concerned with refugee and migrant communities. Lisa has conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork among Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees. This resulted in a monograph, Cyprus and Its Places of Desire (IB Tauris, 2012). She is currently further developing this strand with a study on Polish migrants in Hull and how they deal with death and memorialisation. 
The second strand of her research revolves around the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness and is located within health services research and research on medical education. This strand includes a study on complex interventions in primary carehealth inequalities and the 2013 NHS reformsperceptions and experiences of cluster headache and a number of projects in medical education research (for instance, about the palliative care component in the undergraduate medical curriculum). 
The third research strand includes several global health studies. Dr Dikomitis is a key member of Keele's Institute for Global Health.These projects bring together the two previous research strands, in particular her expertise and experience in working with vulnerable communities (refugees, migrants, mental health patients) and her qualitative and ethnographic research in the medical field. Two current global health studies are iPRIME and SOLACE. The Newton-funded iPRIME is an ethnographic study with fieldwork in Northern Samar (Philippines). Fieldwork includes participant-observation in primary care settings, semi-structured interviews with primary care clinicians and solicited diaries from health professionals. SOLACE has been jointly funded by the UK's Medical Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. This is an exciting global health research partnership around global primary care issues. The research team will use ethnographic and participatory arts-based methodologies to explore public health issues in Northern Samar, a province in the Philippines. Co-Investigators include Professor Christian MallenDr Manuel DayritProfessor Andrew HassellDr Jowel CanudayProfessor Mihaela KelemenDr Caroline Mae (Ginger) Ramirez and Ms Susan (Sue) Moffat. SOLACE researchers are Dr Tom Shepherd and Ms Clarissa (Issa) Mijares. Community partners are New Vic Borderlines at the New Vic Theatre and Northern Samar's provincial government.

One common theme that runs throughout all Lisa's research projects is the methodological approach. Lisa Dikomitis is a qualitative researcher with extensive experience in ethnography. She has carried out fieldwork in Cyprus, Belgium, the United Kingdom and will be embarking on fieldwork in the Philippines. A seasoned ethnographer, Lisa conducted 'classic ethnographic fieldwork' in a remote, mountainous village as well as ethnography in a Flemish psychiatric hospital and, in more recent years, in different settings in England. She continues to travel to her field sites in Belgium and Cyprus every year, where she still continues to take notes in her field diary. Lisa Dikomitis is passionate about social research methodologies and methods and is the Keele's Institutional lead for links@Keele and MethodsNorthWest. She has also co-authored a book chapter on how to use ethnographic research in educational research (in the second edition of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2018).

The quality of her work has been recognised by awards from different funding bodies, including a recent grant by the UK's Global Challenges Research FundDr Dikomitis is Principal Investigator for the global public health research partnership SOLACE, jointly funded the UK's Medical Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
She is also Co-Investigator on the RaCeR study funded by the NIHR's Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) programme. This is a multi-centre pilot and feasibility RCT on rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair. Dr Dikomitis will lead RaCeR's nested qualitative study. 
Dr Dikomitis will lead on the ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan for the STOPS+ clinical trial (around treatment for patients with schizophrenia in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan), of which she is Co-Investigator (PI is Dr Saeed Farooq). STOPS+ is funded by the Medical Research Council as part of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease.
Ongoing funded research includes a major AHRC-funded study: Remember Me. The Changing Face of Memorialisation (PI is Emeritus Professor Margaret Holloway). The study started in November 2015 and will conclude with an international conference in Hull (4-7 April 2018). Dr Dikomitis is Co-Investigator and she leads on the ethnographic study on the Polish communities in Hull with postdoctoral Research Associate Dr Marcin Biernat
Her innovative take on research, bringing together researchers from health and medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences, has been recognised internally by Keele's Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences who funded Dr Dikomitis with a Seedcorn Award to facilitate two interdisciplinary research workshops around global health research. Dr Dikomitis will also be the academic host, together with Professor Mihaela Kelemen, of Dr Anthea Lesch, from Stellenbosch University (South Africa), who will spend time at Keele University in 2018-19 as an ILAS Fellow.
Dr Dikomitis was Principal Investigator on a number of completed studies funded by the Research Foundation Flanders, the Leventis Foundation and the HEY National Health Service Trust. She was also Co-Investigator on an interdisciplinary study funded by the European Science Foundation (which resulted in the Special Issue of A Prior, Making Sense of the City, which Lisa Dikomitis co-edited with Professor Chia Longman and Dr An van. Dienderen). 

Lisa Dikomitis currently supervises 4 doctoral students, always in joint or co-supervision with colleagues. These doctoral projects on imaging for common musculoskeletal conditions in primary care (Ms Anna Ross, Keele University ACORN studentship), young people's wellbeing and autotelic practices (Ms Tamsin Fisher, ESRC-funded) and Isabela Troya (funded by a Keele University ACORN studentship), who is working around  self-harm in older adults. Lisa's doctoral student, Dr Lubna Ferdowsi (funded by a University of Hull PhD-studentship), successfully defended her PhD on Bangladeshi women in London in November 2017. 
Lisa also supervises clinicians undertaking postgraduate research. She supervises, with Dr Jason Boland and Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, Dr Alina Buture who is undertaking doctoral research into the diagnosis of cluster headache. She also supervises Dr Faraz Mughal, who has been awarded an NIHR In-Practice Fellowship for a postgraduate study on the role of GPs in the management of patients with self-harm behaviour and Dr Emma Parry, who is undertaking research on knee flare-ups in osteoarthritis.
Since 2006, Lisa Dikomitis has supervised over 60 undergraduate and Master's social sciences dissertations (at Ghent University and the University of Hull) and is currently enthusing Keele's undergraduate and postgraduate medical students to engage with qualitative research. In 2017, she has been awarded funding for two ASPIRE Summer Studentships working with Mr Ben Walters (project on health inequalities) and Ms Yachna Mehta (project on cluster headache) and she also supervised Mr Lawrence Oligbo and Mr Karthik Rajendran, who worked on a qualitative medical education project for their 4th year Student-Selected Component.

In addition to many annual conference presentations and contributions (including SAPC, BSA, EASA, ASA conferences) Lisa Dikomitis is regularly invited to give seminars, lectures and keynotes at British universities and abroad. 
She has delivered keynotes at the York and Humber Public Health Conference (July 2014), at the Biennial Conference of the British Association for Headache Studies (January 2015), at the Critical Ethnography Conference organised by a consortium of Flemish Universities (September 2015), at Munster's Zyperninstitut conference When the Cemetery Becomes Political (March 2017) and at the Interuniversity Gender Research Seminar (May 2017).
In recent years, she was invited to give research seminars at the Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Humboldt-Universitat Berlin (Germany), PRIO Cyprus Centre and the University of Opole and University of Silesia (both in Poland). Dr Dikomitis also delivered a keynote lecture (October 2017) at the Psychiatric Hospital of Menen to launch the Mental Health Awareness week in Flanders. The talk also served as the introduction to an exhibition around the (r)evolution in mental health care in Flanders. 

Lisa Dikomitis was invited to join the Editorial Board of The Sociological Review (2016-2021), Britain's oldest sociology journal, and is an elected member of the Editorial Board of Sociology (2017-2019), the BSA's flagship journal. Since July 2017 she is also Associate Editor of Pilot and Feasibility Studies. Lisa Dikomitis is a regular reviewer for the British Journal of General Practice and Health Expectations. She also reviews for a number of anthropology, sociology and clinical journals.

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