Updates

Conference presentation at the British Sociological Association annual conference

Each year, the British Sociological Association holds a conference for academics working across a diversity of research areas to come together and share their research. This year’s conference is the 70th anniversary conference, but is being held online because of the pandemic. This year, I presented working emerging from Mix & Match. Because it was … Continue reading Conference presentation at the British Sociological Association annual conference

Speaking invitation at the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA)

I was recently invited to speak to members of the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA), a coalition of organisations that seeks to promote awareness of blood, organ and stem cell transplant. The NBTA has been around for the best part of a decade, engaging third sector and statutory bodies in the discussion around expanding access … Continue reading Speaking invitation at the National BAME Transplant Alliance (NBTA)

Talking to ‘Genetics Engage’

I was excited to be invited to share some insights from Mix & Match with Mavis Machirori at Genetics Engage, a public engagement platform with the aim of including communities underserved and underrepresented in genetic and genomic services. In the full video, Mavis asked me about stem cell donation and transplants. We discussed how they work, … Continue reading Talking to ‘Genetics Engage’

Imagining Future Relations: Immunity, Ecology and Disease

At the end of February, I was invited to participate in a virtual workshop with social science researchers working around the area of immunities. I presented some initial thoughts based on Mix & Match, which explored how immunities in the context of stem cell transplantation are necessarily racialised, both through the original immunological scientific work … Continue reading Imagining Future Relations: Immunity, Ecology and Disease

APPG on Stem Cell Transplantation – oral evidence session

Today, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Stem Cell Transplantation held an oral evidence session for its inquiry into barriers to accessing treatment and care (see the original launch call here). I was invited to attend based on a written evidence submission I submitted in Autumn 2020, and contributed to the conversation at the session. My … Continue reading APPG on Stem Cell Transplantation – oral evidence session

Evidence Response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ open consultation on “ethnic disparities and inequality in the UK”

Quick link: Download the project response to the Commission After establishing a new Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities in July 2020, the UK government asked the Commission to undertake a review of ethnic disparities and inequality in the UK. The Commission’s terms of reference, and its consultation’s focus, is on education, employment, health, and … Continue reading Evidence Response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’ open consultation on “ethnic disparities and inequality in the UK”

Written evidence from Mix and Match provided to APPG on Stem Cell Transplantation – available to download

Quick link: Download the project response to the APPG inquiry The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Stem Cell Transplantation launched an inquiry on 5th August 2020 “seeking to understand how a patient’s background can lead to barriers in accessing treatment and care.” Anthony Nolan, one of the UK’s stem cell registries, and one of the most … Continue reading Written evidence from Mix and Match provided to APPG on Stem Cell Transplantation – available to download

BAME health research mentioned in The Guardian

This week, an article I wrote with Des Fitzgerald, John Narayan and Amy Hinterberger, was published in academic journal The Sociological Review. The article explores some of the ways in the British National Health Service (NHS) was discussed during the Brexit campaigns of 2016, as well as the more enduring relationship between migration, race, and … Continue reading BAME health research mentioned in The Guardian

A global stem cell infrastructure in a global pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic feels as though it has pressed pause on many of the more visible aspects of our lives. Governments busily try to figure out what constitutes a ‘key’ service – food supply chains, telecommunications systems and so on are all part of the vital infrastructure that allows us to move from one day … Continue reading A global stem cell infrastructure in a global pandemic

Covid-19 – project update

2020 had gotten off to a flying start for the project, with fieldwork being undertaken with both Race Against Blood Cancer (RABC), and African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT), two of the research partners who kindly gave me access to attend their events during this project. I was also lucky enough to interview people involved with … Continue reading Covid-19 – project update