Dr Lisa Dikomitis

Title: Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 732919
Email: l.a.dikomitis@keele.ac.uk
Location: DJW 1.78
Role: As above
Contacting me: email
Lisa Dikomitis

I hold undergraduate degrees in Education (2000, Catholic College Leuven, Belgium) 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, I gained my PhD in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (i.e. sociology and social anthropology) at Ghent University.

I previously worked as Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at Ghent University (2010-12) and as Research Fellow at the Hull York Medical School (2012-14). In March 2014 I took up a permanent position as Lecturer in Social Research at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Hull. I joined Keele University as Senior Lecturer in July 2016.

I am Belgian-Cypriot and I grew up in a multi-lingual family in a small town on the French-Belgian border. I have continued that tradition as I, together with my husband, raise our daughter in Dutch, Greek and English.

I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Belgium, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

RESEARCH AREAS

The first strand of my research is concerned with refugee and migrant communities. This includes a long-term study of Cypriot refugees which resulted in my monograph, Cyprus and Its Places of Desire (IB Tauris, 2012). I am further developing this strand with an ethnographic project on Polish migrants in Hull and their views and experiences with death, dying and memorialization. This is part of a major study funded by the AHRC. For more information see: http://www.hull.ac.uk/rememberme

The second strand of my work revolves around the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness. This includes projects on:
- complex interventions in primary care
- health inequalities and the NHS reforms
- the evolution of mental health care and policy
- perceptions and experiences of cluster headache

The final strand of my research concerns medical education. This includes an ethnographic study on the sociology component in the undergraduate medical curriculum and a qualitative analysis of reflective essays on death and dying written by medical students.

The quality of my work has been recognised by awards from different funding bodies, including the Research Foundation Flanders, the Leventis Foundation, the European Science Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK.

ONGOING PROJECTS

Perceptions and experiences of cluster headache, funded by the Headache Research Trial Fund, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Principal Investigator: Dr Lisa Dikomitis, with Co-Investigators: Professor Koen Paemeleire, Professor Peter J Goadsby and Dr Fayyaz Ahmed
[July 2014-January 2017]

Remember me. The changing face of memorialisation, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council
Principal Investigator: Emeritus Professor Margaret Holloway, with Co-Investigators: Dr Lisa Dikomitis, Dr Mik Drake, Dr Nick Evans, Professor Malcolm Lillie and Ms Liz Nicol
[November 2015-May 2018]

SUPERVISION

I currently supervise:
- Dr Alina Buture (Hull York Medical School), Research Fellow in Neurology who is developing a new diagnostic tool for cluster headache
- Mrs Lubna Ferdowsi (School of Social Sciences, University of Hull) who has conducted her fieldwork among Bangladeshi migrants in London

Selected Publications

  • Boland J, Dikomitis L, Gadoud A. 2016. Medical students writing on death, dying and palliative care: a qualitative analysis of reflective essays. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. doi> link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2016. Reflections on ethnography in medicine. The Cyprus Review, vol. 28(1), 85-97.
  • Dikomitis L. 2016. BOOK REVIEW: 'The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care'.
  • Dikomitis L, Quarshie V, Paemeleire K, Goadsby PJ, Ahmed F. 2015. Perceptions, understandings and experiences of cluster headache patients in the north of England: a qualitative study. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 35, p. 79). link> doi>
  • Dikomitis L, Green T, Macleod U. 2015. Embedding electronic decision-support tools for suspected cancer in primary care: a qualitative study of GPs' experiences. Prim Health Care Res Dev, vol. 16(6), 548-555. link> doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Pinxten R and Dikomitis L. 2013. When God Comes To Town Religious Traditions in Urban Contexts. Berghahn Books.
  • Dikomitis L. 2012. Cyprus and Its Places of Desire Cultures of Displacement Among Greek and Turkish Cypriot Refugees. I.B.Tauris.

Journal Articles

  • Boland J, Dikomitis L, Gadoud A. 2016. Medical students writing on death, dying and palliative care: a qualitative analysis of reflective essays. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. doi> link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2016. Reflections on ethnography in medicine. The Cyprus Review, vol. 28(1), 85-97.
  • Dikomitis L, Green T, Macleod U. 2015. Embedding electronic decision-support tools for suspected cancer in primary care: a qualitative study of GPs' experiences. Prim Health Care Res Dev, vol. 16(6), 548-555. link> doi>
  • Dikomitis L. 2014. The Past in Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus. AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, vol. 116(1), 194-195. link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2014. Uprooted communities on Cyprus. An ethnography of Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees. Tetradio, vol. 22, 107-123.
  • Dikomitis L. 2009. Iron in the Soul. Displacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus. ANTHROPOLOGICAL NOTEBOOKS, vol. 15(2), 88-89. link>
  • Dikomitis LA (Ed.). 2006. Making Sense In The City. A Prior #1.
  • Dikomitis L and Pinxten R. 2006. What to Make of Life When You Are an Urbanite, Religion or Secularisation: the Meaning of Life as a Modern Predicament. A Prior #1, 8-23. link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2005. Three Readings of a Border: Greek Cypriots Crossing the Green Line in Cyprus. Anthropology Today, vol. 21(5), 7-12. doi> link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2004. A Moving Field: Greek Cypriot Refugees Returning Home. Durham Anthropological Journal, vol. 12(1), 7-20.

Chapters

  • Dikomitis L. 2013. Under One Roof: Six Years of Border Crossing in Cyprus. In Border Encounters, Proximity and Asymmetry at Europe's Frontiers. (11 vols.). Berghahn Books. link>
  • Dikomitis L and Pinxten R. 2012. Life Stance and Religious Identity in an Urbanised World. The Meaning of Life as a Modern Predicament. In The Sacred in the City. (13 vols.). Bloomsbury Publishing. link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2012. Over etnografisch veldwerk. Een open brief. In Liber Amicorum for Rik Pinxten. Gent Academia Press.
  • Pinxten R, Dikomitis L, Swinnen J. 2010. Meaning in the urban context. In Anders zichtbaar. Zingeving en humanisering in de beeldcultuur. Brussels VUB Press.
  • Dikomitis L and Pinxten R. 2009. From the city to the village and back: Greek Cypriot refugees engaging in 'pilgrimages' across the border. In When God Comes to Town, Religious Traditions in Urban Contexts. (8 vols.). Berghahn Books. link>
  • Dikomitis L and Pinxten R. 2009. Religious Tradition in Urban Contexts. In When God Comes to Town, Religious Traditions in Urban Contexts. (8 vols.). Berghahn Books. link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2009. Grieks- en Turks-Cypriotische vluchtelingen op hun verdeelde eiland. In Mensen. Een inleiding in de culturele antropologie. Pinxten R (Ed.).
  • Dikomitis L. 2009. Insider or outsider? Anthropologist or fellow villager? A reflexive report of ethnographic fieldwork in Cyprus. Gent Academia Press.

Other

  • Dikomitis L. 2016. BOOK REVIEW: 'The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care'.
  • Dikomitis L, Quarshie V, Paemeleire K, Goadsby PJ, Ahmed F. 2015. Perceptions, understandings and experiences of cluster headache patients in the north of England: a qualitative study. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 35, p. 79). link> doi>
  • Dikomitis L, Green T, Macleod U. 2015. Electronic Risk Assessment Tools: Qualitative Evaluation.
  • Ahmed F, Dikomitis L, Zafar HW, Goadsby P, Paemeliere K. 2014. Perceptions and experiences of cluster headache among patients, general practitioners and neurologists in the north of england: a qualitative study. JOURNAL OF HEADACHE AND PAIN (vol. 15). link> doi>
  • Dikomitis L. 2014. BOOK REVIEW: The Past in Pieces: Belonging in the New Cyprus. doi> link>
  • Dikomitis L, Birks Y, Oliver S, Macleod U. 2014. Embedding Public Health in Primary Care: The Example of Health Inequalities.
  • Dikomitis L, Bonte M, Willems S, Paemeleire K. 2013. Patients' Perceptions of the Causes of Migraine in Flanders (Belgium): A Qualitative Study. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 33, pp. 144-145). link>
  • Dikomitis L, Bonte M, Willems S, Paemeleire K. 2013. Patients' Perceptions of the Causes of Migraine in Flanders (Belgium): A Qualitative Study. Cephalalgia: an international journal of headache (vol. 33, p. 144). SAGE Publications (UK and US). doi> link>
  • Dikomitis L, Green T, Macleod U. 2012. Dealing with Uncertainty: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Usability and Acceptability of an Electronic Risk Assessment Tool to Aid Cancer Diagnosis in General Practice.
  • Dikomitis L. 2011. BOOK REVIEW: When Greeks Think About Turks: The View from Anthropology Dimitrios Theodossopoulos. doi> link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2011. BOOK REVIEW: Reunifying Cyprus. The Annan Plan and Beyond. link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2009. BOOK REVIEW: Iron in the Soul. Displacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus. link>

I teach the sociology component in the undergraduate medical curriculum at Keele University. I lead the Lifestyle Unit in Year 1 of the MBChB course and I facilitate Experiential Learning sessions across the different years. I am also PBL tutor.

Since 2004 I taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate research methods modules and courses in medical anthropology and sociology of health and illness. At the University of Hull, I led the curriculum review for the postgraduate provision of social science research methods. I hold the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCert) and I am Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have contributed to Belgian, Cypriot and British TV and Radio broadcasts. For an overview of interviews in the written press, see www.lisadikomitis.com/media.

I have reviewed book manuscripts in sociology and social anthropology for Routledge and Berghahn Books. I regularly review for academic journals, including The British Journal of General Practice, Palliative Medicine, Health Expectations, South European Society and Politics and Anthropology in Action.

I am member of the Editorial Board of The Sociological Review, Britain's oldest sociology journal.

I have 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) and at the Critical Ethnography Conference organised by a consortium of Flemish universities (September 2015).