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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Thursday 12 July 2012

Qualitative Health Research Group - Researching Risk and Health

12:00pm to 5:00pm, St Aidan's College, Durham

This half day workshop will explore how people make sense of risks to do with their health and behaviours, and how we research risk.  Current research will be presented to set the scene, and the second part of the workshop will focus on developing potential questions and collaborations.

Papers include:

The problems of researching risk - Professor Andy Alaszewski.

At risk or risky?  Managing young people and their health - Dr Sally Brown.

What are the risks and benefits of being labelled "at risk" for psychosis? - Dr Patrick Welsh.

Researching risk and personality disorder - Professor Joe Reilly.

Professor Alaszewski (Editor, Health Risk and Society) will also talk about how to get published and what he looks for as Editor of an international journal.


12 noon - 1.00pm Registration and lunch
1.00pm - 3.00pm Papers, questions and discussion
3.00pm - 3.30pm Tea/Coffee
3.30pm - 4.30pm Small group discussions on researching risk and health
4.30pm - 5.00pm Feedback and closing remarks - Chair:  Dr Simon Forrest
5.00pm onwards Networking drinks

This is a joint Qualitative Health Research Group, Mental Health Research Centre and Evaluation, Research and Development Unit (ERDU) Workshop with a goal of establishing new research collaborations in this broad area.  The workshop will bring together people from a range of disciplines to discuss risk from different perspectives, to generate ideas and explore methodologies; there will be opportunitites for networking and building future research collaborations.

Registration is vital as places are limited.  Please RSVP by 5th July to Sally Brown (

The Qualitative Health Research Group is supported by the Wolfson Research Institute.

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Friday 6 July 2012

This lecture has been rescheduled - Wolfson Guest Lecture - Relationships of Consumption: co-production and interdependence in user relationships with public services by Professor Andrew Gray

12:30pm to 2:30pm, F009, Wolfson Seminar Room, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH



This Lecture has been rescheduled to 23rd November and will be readvertised in September.


Talk of customers in public services has become widespread. Government organisations are awash with 'customer first' initiatives, 'customer relations departments' and job advertisements that call for candidates to 'champion a customer centred approach to service'. Public servants may find this customer service metaphor valuable in drawing attention to and remedying the traditional neglect of the public in public service provision. The term also has the modernising appeal of the private sector. But what service relationships are implied by the use of the 'customer' label?
This talk draws on research into the nature of relationships of consumption of public services, particularly as they relate to health and wellbeing. It includes a conceptual elucidation of users as customers, clients, and customers and the role of co-production and interdependency in these relationships. The analysis suggests that current emphases on customers are conceptually flawed and practically risky. The conceptual flaws lie in failing to appreciate that the critical relationship in consumption is the nature of the interdependence between those who provide and those who consume and that this differentiates customers, client and citizens. These conceptual flaws present immediate practical risks for policy, provision and consumption including in establishing inappropriate relationships that can and do undermine the proper provision and consumption of those goods and services. However, services can be designed and managed in ways appropriate both to their societal function and user interests.


Professor Andrew Gray is Emeritus Professor of Public Management and Honorary Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Improving Health and Wellbeing at Durham University (where he was the founding chair of the School for Health). He is also Honorary Professor in the School of Public and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham, Chair of the Prison and Offender Research in Social Care and Health Network, and was Vice Chair of successive PCTs in County Durham, 2002-2009.  


12:30  Tea/coffee refreshments available - The Street, WRI

13:00  Welcome and Introduction.

13:05 - Guest Lecture by Professor Andrew Gray

14:00  Questions and Answers

14:30  Close


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Tuesday 3 July 2012

Researching with disadvantaged communities and other easily ignored groups

12:30pm to 4:30pm, F009, Wolfson Seminar Room, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees

Wolfson Workshop in collaboration with the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action.

This workshop will be run by:

  • Dr Andrew Russell, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology
  • Dr Sue Lewis, Qualitative Research Specialist with the Research Design Service, School of Medicine & Health.
  • Dr Jon Warren, Senior Research Associate in Public Health Policy
  • Kayleigh Garthwaite, Research Postgraduate, Geography
  • Greg Brown, Thrive based in Thornaby

With an introduction from Dr Adetayo Kasim, WRI Research Statistician.

The workshop will provide an overview of recent projects conducted by, and in collaboration with, researchers at Durham University. Attendees will discuss critical issues surrounding researching with disadvantaged communities and other easily ignored groups including: why researching with these communities is so important; the ethical issues of conducting this type of research; which research methods may be most appropriately employed; and the impact that research outcomes may have on the community and on policy makers. The workshop will be interactive, allowing plenty of time for discussion and for sharing any experiences of researching with these communities.

The workshop is aimed at both the postgraduates and academics of all levels within the University. We would encourage attendance by both those who have previously conducted research with disadvantaged communities and other easily ignored groups and those who would be interested in conducting research projects with these communities.


12.30pm - 1.00pm Arrival and lunch (Wolfson Street)
1.00pm Introduction (Adetayo Kasim)
1.05pm Setting the Scene (Andrew Russell)
1.10pm Debt on Teesside: pathways to inclusion (Greg Brown)
1.30pm Smoke Free North East: the FRESH project (Sue Lewis)
1.50pm Narrating the stories of long term IB claimants in the North East (Kayleigh Garthwaite)
2.10pm Reflections on researching with these communities:  whose side are we on? (Jon Warren)
2.30pm - 3.00pm Break with coffee (Wolfson Street)
3.00pm - 4.00pm Introduction to the aims of the facilitated discussions (Jon Warren).  Facilitated small group discussions reflecting on what it takes to conduct successful research projects with these communities.
4.00pm - 4.30pm Discussions and conclusions
4.30pm Close


It is essential to book your place as places are limited and will be allocated in order of receipt.  To book your place please click here to take you to the online booking form.

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Monday 2 July 2012

Wolfson Research Institute - Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Research Institute

Join us on Monday 2nd July 2012 at 10.30am in the 'Street' for the opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues and Fellows over coffee.

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