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
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Lisa Dikomitis

Dr Dikomitis is an ethnographer who works across Keele's School of Medicine and Keele's Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences. 

Dr Dikomitis studied at different Belgian Universities, and holds a degree 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, Lisa gained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (i.e. sociology and social anthropology) at Ghent University and holds a PGCert in Academic Practice from the University of Hull (2015). 

Starting her academic career at Ghent University, Belgium, Lisa worked as an Assistant Lecturer (2004-9), as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer (2010-12). 

Lisa moved to the UK for family reasons and first worked as a Research Fellow at the Hull York Medical School (2012-14). In March 2014, Lisa took up a permanent position as a Lecturer in Social Research at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Hull. She joined Keele as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health in July 2016. 

Lisa is Belgian-Cypriot, and grew up in a multi-lingual family in a small town on the French-Belgian border. She has continued that tradition, together with her husband, and raise their daughter in Duth, Greek and English. 

Dr Dikomitis research is strongly interdisciplinary, working at the intersection of social sciences, arts, humanities and medicine. Her research focusses on forced migration, in particular her work on Cypriot refugees is internationally known. In recent years, Lisa has shifted her focus to health and medical research, with an emphasis on ethnography in health care settings. 

One common theme that runs throughout all Dr Dikomitis research projects is the methodological approach. She is a social scientist with extensive experience in ethnography and has carried out fieldwork in Cyprus, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and most recently, in the Philippines. A seasoned ethnographer, Lisa has conducted 'classic ethnographic fieldwork' in a remote, mountainous village as well as ethnographic fieldwork in medical contexts, a Flemish psychiatric hospital and in different settings in England. 

Lisa is currently leading a team of ethnographers working in the Philippines for the SOLACE project. 

 

RESEARCH AREAS 

  • The first strand of Lisa's work is concerned with refugee and migrant communities. She conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork among Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees. This resulted in a monograph, Cyprus and Its Places of Desire (IB Tauris, 2012). She is currently further developing this strand with a study on Polish migrants in Hull and how they deal with death and memorialisation. 
  • The second strand of her research revolves around the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness and is located within health services research and research on medical education. This strand includes a study on complex interventions in primary care, health inequalities and the 2013 NHS reforms, perceptions and experiences of cluster headache and a number of projects in medical education research (for instance, about the palliative care component in the undergraduate medical curriculum). Dr Dikomitis is currently Co-Investigator in a feasibility randomised clinincal trial around rehabilitation following rotator cuff repare. She leads the nested qualitative study which includes interviews with patients, surgeons and physiotherapists. 
  • The third research strand includes several global health studies. Lisa is a key member of the Keele's Global Health Research Group. These projects bring together the two previous research strands, in particular her expertise and experience in working with vulnerable communities (refugees, migrants, mental health patients) and her qualitative and ethnographic research in the medical field. Current global health studies are iPrime, SOLACE and STOPS+ (more information about global health research at Keele can be found on the website). 

FUNDING 

The quality of Lisa's work has been recognised by awards from different funding bodies, including the UK's Medical Research Council, the UK's National Institution of Health Research, Keele Institute Research Foundation Flanders, the Leventis Foundation and the European Science Foundation. 

Lisa is Principal Investigator of the GCRF project SOLACE, jointly funded by AHRC and MRC (November 2017-October 2019).

POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENTS 

Dr Dikomitis has extensive experience as supervisor of postgraduate research students (MPhil, MD, PhD) at Ghent University, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull and at Keele University.

2017 completed postgraduate research students include Dr Lubna Ferdowsi, with a PhD entitled ‘From pioneers to new millennials: A dynamics of identity among British Bangladeshi women in London’

Dr Dikomitis currently supervises:

  • Dr Alina Buture (MD, HEY Trust funded)
  • Ms Tamsin Fisher (1+3, ESRC funded)
  • Dr Faraz Mughal (MPhil, NIHR funded)
  • Ms Anna Ross (PhD, Keele ACORN)
  • Ms Isabela Troya (PhD, Keele ACORN)

Selected Publications

  • Buture A, Dikomitis L, Boland J, Ahmed F. 2017. Visual Images - an additional tool for the screening of cluster headache. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 37, p. 219). link>
  • Liddle J, Chew-Graham CA, Mallen CD, Healey EL, Jinks C, Dikomitis L. 2017. SO LOOKING AT THIS, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'VE GOT SOME ISSUES GOING ON WITH YOUR JOINTS: EXPLORING CASE-FINDING IN LONG-TERM CONDITION REVIEW CONSULTATIONS-THE ENHANCE PILOT TRIAL. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 56, p. 121). link>
  • Buture A, Dikomitis L, Ahmed F. 2016. DEVELOPING A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL FOR THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF CLUSTER HEADACHE. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 36, p. 92). link>
  • Dikomitis L, Paemeleire K, Goadsby PJ, Ahmed F. 2016. HOW DO CLINICIANS THINK ABOUT CLUSTER HEADACHE. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 36, p. 111). link>
  • 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>

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> doi>
  • 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

  • Buture A, Dikomitis L, Boland J, Ahmed F. 2017. Visual Images - an additional tool for the screening of cluster headache. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 37, p. 219). link>
  • Liddle J, Chew-Graham CA, Mallen CD, Healey EL, Jinks C, Dikomitis L. 2017. SO LOOKING AT THIS, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'VE GOT SOME ISSUES GOING ON WITH YOUR JOINTS: EXPLORING CASE-FINDING IN LONG-TERM CONDITION REVIEW CONSULTATIONS-THE ENHANCE PILOT TRIAL. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 56, p. 121). link>
  • Buture A, Dikomitis L, Ahmed F. 2016. DEVELOPING A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL FOR THE EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF CLUSTER HEADACHE. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 36, p. 92). link>
  • Dikomitis L, Paemeleire K, Goadsby PJ, Ahmed F. 2016. HOW DO CLINICIANS THINK ABOUT CLUSTER HEADACHE. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 36, p. 111). link>
  • 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>

At Keele's School of Medicine, Dr Dikomitis leads the Behavioural and Social Science (BSS) team. She also leads the Lifestyle Unit in Year 1 oF the MBChC course and leads the Experiential Learning Sessions. 

Lisa mainly teaches sociology to Keele's undergraduate medical students and research methods on Keele's postgraduate medical courses. She is also a Problem-Based Learning and Experiential Learning tutor. 

Since 2004, she 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, she led the curriculum review for the postgraduate provision of social science research methods (2014-16). 

Lisa is a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy

She is an external examiner for the BA Sociology/Joint Degrees at Goldsmiths, University of London (2016-20). She also accepted an invitation as External Examiner on the four-year Graduate Entry Course (GEC) Year 1 MBChC at the University of Birmingham (start 2018-19). 

Dr Dikomitis is passionate about social research methods and innovative interdisciplinary methodological approaches. She is Keele's Institutional lead for links@keele and MethodsNorthWest

EDITORIAL ROLES 

Dr Dikomitis is a member of the Editorial Board of the The Sociological Review (2016-2021), Britain's oldest sociology journal, and is an elected member of the Editorial Board of Sociology (2017-2019), the BSA's flagship journal. Since 2017 she became Associate Editor of Pilot and Feasibility StudiesShe is a regular reviewer for the British Journal of General Practice and Health Expectations. Lisa also reviews for several anthropology, sociology and clinical journals, as well as reviewing ethnographic book manuscripts. 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEDIA 

Lisa regularly contributes to Belgian, Cypriot, German and British written and audiovisual media and press. For an overview, see www.lisadikomitis.com/media 

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER 

In addition to many annual conference presentations and contributions (including SAPC, BSA, EASA, ASA, ASME conferences), Lisa is regularly invited to give seminars, lectures and keynotes at British universities and abroad. 

In recent years, Lisa was invited to give research seminars at the Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Humboldt-Universitat Berlin (Germany), PRIO Cyprus Centre and the University of Opole and University of Silesia (both in Poland). She also delivered a keynote lecture (October 2017) at the Psychiatric Hospital of Menen to launch the Mental Health Awareness week in Flanders. The talk also served as an introduction to an exhibition around the (r)evolution in mental health care in Flanders.