IN SHORT

Lisa Dikomitis is Professor of Medical Anthropology and Social Sciences at the Kent and Medway Medical School, a collaboration between University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, in the United Kingdom.

Professor Lisa Dikomitis is a Belgian-Cypriot anthropologist working in global health, mental health, medical education and health service research. She was educated in Dutch at Belgian universities and was awarded her PhD in March 2010, with an ethnography of Cypriot refugees. She moved to the UK in 2012 and worked at the Hull York Medical School and at the University of Hull and Keele University, before joining the Kent and Medway Medical School. She was appointed as Lecturer in 2014, as Senior Lecturer in 2016 and was promoted to full Professor in January 2020, 9 years after she gained her PhD. Professor Dikomitis successfully balances research, teaching, postgraduate supervision, public engagement, outreach activities and senior leadership responsibilities. With external funding exceeding £13M, 60+ publications, international keynotes, prestigious editorial roles and several highly visible roles at the UK’s main medical and sociology research funding bodies, Professor Dikomitis is internationally recognised as a leading social scientist in medicine.

Education: Dikomitis holds UG and PG degrees in Anthropology and Sociology, Education and Art History, all from universities in Belgium. Her PhD was an anthropological study of refugees, based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Cyprus.

Academic appointments: Professor Dikomitis worked 4 years as a postdoctoral researcher in Belgium and the UK, before taking up her first permanent position as Lecturer at the University of Hull in March 2014, she moved to Keele's School of Medicine as Senior Lecturer in July 2016, where she was promoted to full Professor in January 2020. She joined the Kent and Medway Medical School, at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, in January 2022.

Research: Since 2014, Professor Dikomitis was awarded over £13 million in external research income from UK funding bodies, of which £5 million as lead investigator. She is currently directing UK-funded programmes of global health research in Brazil, Ethiopia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Her publication portfolio includes a monograph, edited volumes and >60 single-authored and co-authored articles and book chapters (full list available here). Professor Dikomitis has supervised 4 doctoral and over 40 master students to completion, she currently supervises 8 PhD students and is mentor to 11 early and mid-career researchers. Dikomitis is well-known for her public engagement with research. More about her research here.

Medical and social science education: Dikomitis has been teaching in Higher Education since 2004: in Belgium between 2004-2012 and in the UK since 2012. Her pedagogical approach is guided by a strong belief that teaching and research should not be separated and is underpinned by a commitment to practice-based learning (in research methods teaching) and evidence-based learning (in sociology as applied to medicine). Her interactive teaching style, including lectures for large groups, is strongly research-led, she has been nominated for several teaching awards. Through her educational leadership, Professor Dikomitis has further advanced and developed the robust integration of social science theory and method in medical education, which, in turn, contribute to a well-rounded clinical workforce. More about education and teaching here.


IN LONG

EDUCATION

Professor Lisa Dikomitis holds undergraduate degrees in Education (2000, Catholic College Leuven [now 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 (a sociology and social anthropology degree) from Ghent University. She also holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2015, University of Hull). Professor Dikomitis is a Senior Fellow of the UK's Advance HE, previously called the UK's Higher Education Academy.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

She started her academic career with a postdoctoral lectureship (2010-12) at the Department of Comparative Sciences of Cultures (now Centre for Research on Culture and Gender) at Ghent University (Belgium) before she moved to the United Kingdom. In May 2012, Dikomitis joined the Hull York Medical School as Research Fellow (2012-14), before taking up her first permanent position, as Lecturer in Social Research at the [now Department of Criminology and Sociology]. In July 2016, she joined the School of Medicine at Keele University as Senior Lecturer and was promoted to full Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Health in January 2020. Professor Dikomitis joined the Kent and Medway Medical School as Professor of Medical Anthropology and Social Sciences in January 2022.

VISITING APPOINTMENTS

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

LEADERSHIP ROLES AT UK UNIVERSITIES

  • Lead for Professional Development and Person-Centred Practice, Kent and Medway Medical School (since January 2022)

  • Director and Academic Lead, Institute for Global Health, Keele University (2019-21)

  • Director of Research, School of Medicine, Keele University (2019-20)

  • Elected member of Council, Keele University (2020-24)

  • GCRF Lead, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Keele University ( 2019- 21)

  • Elected member of Senate, Keele University (2018-21)

  • Director, links@keele, interdisciplinary research methods hub, Keele University (2017-20)

  • Lead Behavioural and Social Science team, School of Medicine, Keele University (since July 2016)

  • Chair, Health, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion Research Group, University of Hull (2014-16)

  • Programme Director, MSc Social Research, University of Hull (2014-16)


RESEARCH EXPERTISE

Building on her international reputation as an anthropologist in refugee and urban studies, Professor Dikomitis moved into medical research and rapidly established a distinctive portfolio as a social scientist in medicine. Professor Dikomitis works at the intersection of social science, arts, humanities and medicine and has pioneered new and transformative ways of conducting interdisciplinary global health research, combining anthropology, development studies and health services research with culturally appropriate and context-bespoke community engagement. Professor Dikomitis has also made innovative contributions in health services research as Co-Investigator and work-package lead of several clinical trials. She is currently working on global health and public health projects in different countries. Her research areas are forced migration and effects of conflict, non-communicable diseases (with a focus on mental health), health systems and neglected tropical diseases in unserved and underserved areas. To read more about her research, click here.


RESEARCH FUNDING PORTFOLIO

Professor Dikomitis was awarded over £13 million in external research income since receiving her PhD in 2010, of which £4.8 million as Lead Investigator. The quality of her research has been recognised by multiple awards from different funding bodies, including the UK’s Medical Research Council, the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the UK’s National Institution of Health Research, Research Foundation Flanders, the Leventis Foundation and the European Science Foundation.

Funded projects include:

  • ECLIPSE, funded by the NIHR (role: co-Principal Investigator, with Dr Price) £4,576,819

  • SOLACE, funded by GCRF AHRC-MRC (role: Principal Investigator) £199,840

  • CHIPS, funded by NHS HEY Headache Trust (role: Principal Investigator) £24,500

  • THEHOPE, funded by the MRC (role: Co-Investigator, led by Professor Farooq) £ 873,269

  • RaCeR, funded by NIHR (role: Co-Investigator, led by Dr Littlewood and Professor Foster) £249,998

  • STOPS+, funded by MRC (role: Co-Investigator, led by Professor Farooq) £564,784

  • Inter-CEPt, funded by the NIHR (role: Co-Investigator, led by Professor Davies) £1,110,815

  • New anti-leishmanial drugs for Indian Communities, funded by the EPSRC (role: Co-Investigator, led by Professor Steel) £906,252

  • PROMPPT, funded by NIHR (role: Co-Investigator, led by Dr Ashworth and Professor Mallen) £2,499,608

  • iPRIME, funded by Newton Fund (role: Co-Investigator, led by Dr Dayrit and Professor Hassell) £206,600

  • Remember Me, funded by AHRC (role: Co-Investigator, led by Professor Holloway) £839,979


APPOINTMENTS AT FUNDING BODIES

Professor Dikomitis is member of several UK funding boards and committees:


She regularly reviews applications submitted to the NIHR Health Services & Delivery Research, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit, as well as AHRC standard grants, ESRC standard grants and MRC standard grants. She also reviews grants for international funding bodies, including the Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium) and the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation (Greece). She was an invited member of the following funding panels (selection of recent years):


In 2020:

AHRC Medical Humanities (April 2020)

NIHR/MRC COVID-19 and Ethnicity (May 2020)

MRC Applied Global Health Research Board (panel July 2020)

AHRC GCRF Impact and Engagement Scheme (November 2020)


In 2021:

MRC Applied Global Health Research Board (panel January 2021)

NIHR Global Health Research Groups Committee (March 2021 and September 2021)

AHRC Follow on Funding panel (May 2021)

AHRC Health Inequalities Research panel (November 2021)


In 2022:

NIHR Global Health Transformation - Call 4 (February 2022)

Wellcome Social Sciences Early Career Awards (February 2022)

MRC Applied Global Health Research Board (May 2022)


EDITORIAL ROLES AT ACADEMIC JOURNALS



RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILDING

  • Completed 4 PhD and >40 MA/MSc/MPhil students

  • Supervising 6 Keele and 7 international PhD students (helped obtained funding from NIHR, AHRC, ESRC, Wellcome)

  • Line managed >15 Early and Mid-Career researchers and educators

  • Mentor of colleagues (career progression to professor, LMIC-based researchers, HE Advance Fellowships)

  • Examined 11 doctoral dissertations

  • Chair NIHR Global Health Research Training Task & Finish Group for Mentoring

EXTERNAL EXAMINER FOR UK HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

  • Sociology UG degrees, Goldsmiths, University of London (2016-19)

  • Medicine Graduate Entry Course Y1, University of Birmingham (2018-22)

  • Medicine Y1, University of Leeds (2019-23)