MedSoc 2022 – “Race to Recruit” special event

Earlier this month, I – along with colleagues Andy Smart, Kate Weiner, Francesca Sobande and Lijiaozi Cheng – presented work from a new project that’s beginning to explore the ways that ‘race’ gets understood in different biomedical recruitment projects, focusing specifically on covid-19 vaccine recruitment strategies (namely, the ‘celebrity’ endorsement video). As part of what … Continue reading MedSoc 2022 – “Race to Recruit” special event

Second paper from project: stem cell donor recruitment patient appeals, and the work to redress racial inequity

Following on from the first paper from the project, a second peer-reviewed academic journal article based on research undertaken for the Mix & Match project has now been published. The article is entitled ‘Improving the odds for everybody’: Narrative and media in stem cell donor recruitment patient appeals, and the work to redress racial inequity. … Continue reading Second paper from project: stem cell donor recruitment patient appeals, and the work to redress racial inequity

Presentation for DoRN symposium, UQ Australia

I was recently invited to share findings from Mix & Match with the Donor Research Network (DoRN), based at the University of Queensland Australia. Their 2022 symposium, held online in July, collated contributions from researchers working across a range of topics. I was invited to present findings to their themed day ‘Ethics and Donation’. The … Continue reading Presentation for DoRN symposium, UQ Australia

Paper presented at the annual Royal Anthropological Institute conference

I recently presented a developing piece of work from this project – specifically around how ‘mixedness’ (a term I use to include different notions of mixed race, mixed heritage, mixed ethnicity, and other ideas, e.g., being bi-, or multi-racial) is enacted in the context of stem cell donor recruitment. The panel I presented in (“Digitalization … Continue reading Paper presented at the annual Royal Anthropological Institute conference

Seminar to the University of Glasgow

I was kindly invited to speak to the University of Glasgow’s sociology department this week about Mix & Match, and used the opportunity to share findings that will be published in the forthcoming paper from the project, exploring in particular the role of patient appeals in donor recruitment. The paper, which is entitled “Improving the … Continue reading Seminar to the University of Glasgow

Presentation at Hematopolitics Symposium, Leeds

Today, I spoke at the University of Leeds as part of a symposium on the politics of blood entitled Hematopolitics alongside presentations from, amongst others, Lifeblood (the Australian Red Cross, which distributes blood products around Australia) and colleagues presenting work on cultured red blood cells in the UK. I presented a developing paper from Mix … Continue reading Presentation at Hematopolitics Symposium, Leeds

New chapter: COVID-19 and in-person donor recruitment

Colleagues at iHuman – a large faculty research institute at the University of Sheffield, co-run by one of my academic mentors on this project – have put together an edited collection called Being Human During COVID-19, published by Bristol University Press. I was invited to contribute a chapter to this collection, which you can read open … Continue reading New chapter: COVID-19 and in-person donor recruitment

British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2022

I recently presented work from Mix & Match to colleagues at the British Sociological Association’s annual conference, which took place online again this year. It presents one part of a forthcoming journal article which presents some findings from interviews with patients and families who have run their own stem cell donor recruitment drives. The paper seeks to … Continue reading British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2022

End of secondment and continuation of project

My secondment with Anthony Nolan has now come to an end, so I will be resuming Mix and Match. It is extended until the end of April 2023, during which time I hope to spend more time with charities like Race Against Blood Cancer, and African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. I also hope to speak with … Continue reading End of secondment and continuation of project