Biography

Professor Dikomitis is a Belgian-Cypriot anthropologist and works in the School of Medicine and the School of Primary, Community and Social Care. She holds undergraduate degrees in Education (2000, Catholic College Leuven) and in Art History and Archaeology (2001, University of Leuven) and a Master’s in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (2003, Ghent University). 

She received her PhD in March 2010 from Ghent University in Belgium, where she started her academic career with a postdoctoral lectureship (2010-12). She moved to the UK and worked as Research Fellow at the Hull York Medical School (2012-14) before taking up her first permanent position as Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Hull (2014-16). She was appointed Senior Lecturer at Keele University in July 2016 and was promoted to Professor in January 2020. 

In the School of Medicine, Professor Dikomitis is the Director of Research and leads the Behavioural and Social Sciences team. At an institutional level, she is Academic Lead of the Institute for Global Health. She also leads links@keele, Keele’s research methods hub for advanced interdisciplinary and social science research. 

Professor Dikomitis was awarded (between 2016-19) over £8,5M in external research income from UKRI Councils and the NIHR: £4.8M as Principal Investigator, £3.3M as Co-Investigator and £408K for development of research capacity (PhD studentships and clinical training fellowships). She has pioneered new and transformative ways of conducting interdisciplinary global health research, combining the biopsychosocial model, ethnographic and creative methodologies with culturally appropriate and context-bespoke community engagement, underpinned by anthropological theories. She has been instrumental in developing Keele’s global health research portfolio with two notable awards as lead investigator: SOLACE and ECLIPSE, the latter co-led with Dr Helen Price. Professor Dikomitis has also made innovative contributions in health services research conducted in the School of Primary, Community and Social Care. As Co-Investigator, she leads ethnographic and qualitative workstreams for several clinical trials, including PROMPPTSTOPS+ and RaCeR. Her career trajectory across disciplines is reflected in her robust publication record that includes single-authored and co-authored books, articles and book chapters in anthropology and sociology, as well as multi-authored articles in medical journals.

Research and scholarship

Professor Dikomitis works at the intersection of social science, arts, humanities and medicine. One common theme that runs throughout all her research projects is the methodological approach: qualitative, ethnographic and creative methods underpinned by robust community engagement. She has carried out ethnographic field work in Cyprus, Belgium, Brazil, Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. At Keele, Professor Dikomitis is the Academic Lead of the Institute for Global Health

RESEARCH AREAS
  • The first strand of Professor Dikomitis' work is concerned with refugee and migrant communities. She conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork among Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees. This resulted in her internationally acclaimed monograph Cyprus and Its Places of Desire: Cultures of Displacement among Greek and Turkish Cypriot Refugees (IB Tauris, 2012). She was Co-Investigator of a major AHRC-funded project for which she led the ethnographic study on Polish migrants in the UK and how they deal with death and memorialisation (Remember Me).
  • The second research strand revolves around the social and cultural dimensions of health and illness and is located within health service and medical education research. This strand includes a study on complex interventions in primary care, health inequalities and the 2013 NHS reforms, perceptions and experiences of cluster headache, studies on self-harm and the role of primary care and a number of projects in medical education research (for instance, about the integration of social science in medical education, the palliative care component in the undergraduate medical curriculum and standard setting in medical education). Professor Dikomitis currently leads the ethnographic and qualitative workstreams in several NIHR-funded clinical trials.
  • The third research strand of her research portfolio includes several global health studies. This global health research brings together the two previous research strands, in particular her expertise and experience in working with vulnerable communities, bringing in ethnographic and creative research methodologies in global health research around frontline healthcare services.  Professor Dikomitis is currently Principal Investigator of two major global health projects, working in the Philippines, Brazil, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka.
EXTERNAL FUNDING  

Professor Dikomitis was awarded over £10M in external research income since receiving her PhD in 2010, of which £4.8M as Lead Investigator. The quality of her research has been recognised by multiple awards from different funding bodies, including the UK’s Medical Research Council, the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the UK’s National Institution of Health Research, Research Foundation Flanders, the Leventis Foundation and the European Science Foundation. 

Funded projects include:

ECLIPSE, funded by the NIHR (role: co-Principal Investigator) £ £4,576,819

SOLACE, funded by GCRF AHRC-MRC (role: Principal Investigator) £199,840

RaCeR, funded by NIHR (role: Co-Investigator, led by Dr Littlewood and Professor Foster) £249,998

STOPS+, funded by MRC (role: Co-Investigator, led by Professor Farooq) £564,784

PROMPPT, funded by NIHR (role: Co-Investigator, led by Dr Ashworth and Professor Mallen) £2,499,608

iPRIME, funded by Newton Fund (role: Co-Investigator, led by Dr Dayrit and Professor Hassell) £206,600

Remember Me, funded by AHRC (role: Co-Investigator, led by Professor Holloway) £839,979

 

Teaching

TEACHING

Since 2004, Professor Dikomitis taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate research methods modules and courses in medical anthropology and sociology of health and illness. At Keele, she teaches sociology and qualitative research methods in the School of Medicine. Professor Dikomitis is also a Problem-Based Learning and Experiential Learning tutor at the School of Medicine. 

STUDENT NOMINATIONS

Since Professor Dikomitis arrived at Keele University, she has received multiple student nominations for the Teaching Excellence Awards. These included: 

Lisa Dikomitis has helped to enthuse students by delivering high-energy lectures which captivate the audience. My peers and I often leave her lectures discussing how excellent the lecture was, with her charismatic approach she has revitalised our passion for sociology.’ (Keele medical student, 2016-17) 

‘She conveys ideas in a very clear manner and provides content which is both easily digestible and informative. She clearly puts so much work into catering to all kinds of students and goes above and beyond with suggestions for further reading, and provides a more holistic learning experience than just delivering a basic lecture. She always is very enthusiastic about teaching which, in my opinion, is commendable.’ (Keele medical student, 2016-17) 

‘Prof Dikomitis makes sociology fun! Her high-adrenaline lectures captivate her audience. Her knowledge of sociology is inspiring. Her humour makes her students laugh and want to attend her lectures.’ (Keele medical student, 2017-18) 

‘I have never met a more enthusiastic lecturer. Prof Dikomitis is very expressive about everything she talks about. Even those not naturally drawn to sociology on the medical course have expressed enjoyment over her lectures. She also replies to emails very quickly and in depth, and is very approachable.’ (Keele medical student, 2017-18) 

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP ROLES

At Keele’s School of Medicine, Professor Dikomitis is the Director of Research and leads the Behavioural and Social Science (BSS) team. Between 2016-18, she led and renewed the Lifestyle Unit in Year 1 of the MBChB course. Professor Dikomitis led the Experiential Learning strand in Phase 1 of Keele’s Undergraduate Curriculum and the year 1 Lifestyle Unit (2016-19). At the University of Hull, she led the curriculum review for the postgraduate provision of social science research methods (2014-16). 

HIGHER EDUCATION ACADEMY

Professor Dikomitis is a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Advance HE, previously called Higher Education Academy. She is also a reviewer and mentor on the HEA CPD Route at Keele University.

Selected Publications

  • Buture A, Ahmed F, Mehta Y, Paemeleire K, Goadsby PJ, Dikomitis L. 2020. Perceptions, experiences, and understandings of cluster headache among GPs and neurologists: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 70(696), e514-e522. link> doi> full text>
  • Buture A, Boland JW, Dikomitis L, Ahmed F. 2019. Update on the pathophysiology of cluster headache: imaging and neuropeptide studies. J Pain Res, vol. 12, 269-281. link> doi> full text>
  • Buture A, Ahmed F, Dikomitis L, Boland JW. 2019. Systematic literature review on the delays in the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cluster headache. Neurol Sci, vol. 40(1), 25-39. link> doi> full text>
  • Cuff A, Parton S, Tyer R, Dikomitis L, Foster N, Littlewood C. 2020. Guidelines for the use of diagnostic imaging in musculoskeletal pain conditions affecting the lower back, knee and shoulder: A scoping review. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi> full text>
  • Shepherd TA, Ul-Haq Z, Ul-Haq M, Khan MF, Afridi A, Dikomitis L, Robinson ME, Lewis M, Rahman A, Dziedzic K, Saeed U, Awan NR, Mallen C, Farooq S. 2020. Supervised treatment in outpatients for schizophrenia plus (STOPS+): protocol for a cluster randomised trial of a community-based intervention to improve treatment adherence and reduce the treatment gap for schizophrenia in Pakistan. BMJ Open, vol. 10(6), e034709. link> doi> full text>

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

  • Cuff A, Parton S, Tyer R, Dikomitis L, Foster N, Littlewood C. 2020. Guidelines for the use of diagnostic imaging in musculoskeletal pain conditions affecting the lower back, knee and shoulder: A scoping review. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi> full text>
  • Shepherd TA, Ul-Haq Z, Ul-Haq M, Khan MF, Afridi A, Dikomitis L, Robinson ME, Lewis M, Rahman A, Dziedzic K, Saeed U, Awan NR, Mallen C, Farooq S. 2020. Supervised treatment in outpatients for schizophrenia plus (STOPS+): protocol for a cluster randomised trial of a community-based intervention to improve treatment adherence and reduce the treatment gap for schizophrenia in Pakistan. BMJ Open, vol. 10(6), e034709. link> doi> full text>
  • Shepherd TA, Ul-Haq Z, Ul-Haq M, Khan MF, Afridi A, Dikomitis L, Robinson ME, Lewis M, Rahman A, Dziedzic K, Saeed U, Awan NR, Mallen C, Farooq S. 2020. Supervised treatment in outpatients for schizophrenia plus (STOPS+): protocol for a cluster randomised trial of a community-based intervention to improve treatment adherence and reduce the treatment gap for schizophrenia in Pakistan. BMJ Open, vol. 10(6), e034709. link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Troya MI, Dikomitis L, Chew-Graham CA, Corp N, Babatunde OO. 2020. Role of the GP in the management of patients with self-harm behaviour: a systematic review. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 70(694), e364-e373. link> doi> full text>
  • Buture A, Boland JW, Dikomitis L, Huang C, Ahmed F. 2020. Development and Evaluation of a Screening Tool to Aid the Diagnosis of a Cluster Headache. Brain Sci, vol. 10(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Buture A, Ahmed F, Mehta Y, Paemeleire K, Goadsby PJ, Dikomitis L. 2020. Perceptions, experiences, and understandings of cluster headache among GPs and neurologists: a qualitative study. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 70(696), e514-e522. link> doi> full text>
  • Troya MI, Chew-Graham CA, Babatunde O, Bartlam B, Mughal F, Dikomitis L. 2019. Role of primary care in supporting older adults who self-harm: a qualitative study in England. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 69(688), e740-e751. link> doi> full text>
  • Buture A, Boland JW, Ahmed F, Dikomitis L. 2019. Images depicting headache pain - a tool to aid the diagnosis of cluster headache: a pilot study. J Multidiscip Healthc, vol. 12, 691-698. link> doi> full text>
  • Yeates P, Cope N, Luksaite E, Hassell A, Dikomitis L. 2019. Exploring differences in individual and group judgements in standard setting. Med Educ, vol. 53(9), 941-952. link> doi> full text>
  • Troya MI, Dikomitis L, Babatunde OO, Bartlam B, Chew-Graham CA. 2019. Understanding self-harm in older adults: A qualitative study. EClinicalMedicine, vol. 12, 52-61. link> doi> full text>
  • Littlewood C, Bateman M, Cooke K, Hennnings S, Cookson T, Bromley K, Lewis M, Funk L, Denton J, Moffatt M, Winstanley R, Mehta S, Stephens G, Dikomitis L, Chesterton L, Foster NE. 2019. Protocol for a multi-centre pilot and feasibility randomised controlled trial with a nested qualitative study: rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair (the RaCeR study). Trials, vol. 20(1), 328. link> doi> full text>
  • Troya MI, Chew-Graham CA, Babatunde O, Bartlam B, Higginbottom A, Dikomitis L. 2019. Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement in a doctoral research project exploring self-harm in older adults. Health Expect, vol. 22(4), 617-631. link> doi> full text>
  • Mughal F, Babatunde O, Dikomitis L, Shaw J, Townsend E, Troya MI, Chew-Graham CA. 2019. Self-harm in young people: the exceptional potential of the general practice consultation. Br J Gen Pract, vol. 69(681), 168-169. link> doi> full text>
  • Troya MI, Babatunde O, Polidano K, Bartlam B, McCloskey E, Dikomitis L, Chew-Graham CA. 2019. Self-harm in older adults: systematic review. Br J Psychiatry, vol. 214(4), 186-200. link> doi> full text>
  • Buture A, Boland JW, Dikomitis L, Ahmed F. 2019. Update on the pathophysiology of cluster headache: imaging and neuropeptide studies. J Pain Res, vol. 12, 269-281. link> doi> full text>
  • Buture A, Ahmed F, Dikomitis L, Boland JW. 2019. Systematic literature review on the delays in the diagnosis and misdiagnosis of cluster headache. Neurol Sci, vol. 40(1), 25-39. link> doi> full text>
  • Kelemen M, Surman E, Dikomitis L. 2018. Cultural animation in health research: An innovative methodology for patient and public involvement and engagement. Health Expect, vol. 21(4), 805-813. link> doi> full text>
  • 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 text>
  • Dikomitis L. 2016. Reflections on ethnography in medicine. The Cyprus Review, vol. 28(1), 85-97. full text>
  • Dikomitis LA. Reflections on ethnography in medicine. The Cyprus Review: a journal of social, economic and political issues. full text>
  • 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 LA and Kelly E. 2018. Enquiry into learning and teaching in the social sciences: Engaging with Ethnographic research. In Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. (2nd ed.). Sage.
  • 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

  • Parry E, Dikomitis L, Peat G, Chew-Graham C. 2020. PATIENTS' PERSPECTIVES ON FLARES IN KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE (vol. 28, p. S392). link> doi>
  • Buture A, Dikomitis L, Boland J, Ahmed F. 2019. A literature review of screening tools for the detection of cluster headache. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 39, p. 47). link>
  • Buture A, Boland J, Ahmed F, Dikomitis L. 2019. Images portraying headache pain - a tool to aid the diagnosis of cluster headache. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 39, p. 59). link>
  • Buture A, Ahmed F, Dikomitis L, Boland J. 2019. Misdiagnosis and physicians seen prior to the correct diagnosis of cluster headache: a systematic literature review. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 39, p. 57). link>
  • Buture A, Boland JW, Dikomitis L, Ahmed F. 2018. DELAYS IN THE DIAGNOSIS AND MISDIAGNOSIS OF CLUSTER HEADACHE - A SYSTEMATIC LITERATURE REVIEW. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 38, p. 115). link>
  • Buture A, Dikomitis L, Boland JW, Ahmed F. 2018. IMAGES DEPICTING PAIN - A SCREENING TOOL FOR CLUSTER HEADACHE. CEPHALALGIA (vol. 38, pp. 114-115). link>
  • 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. EHMTI-0357. Perceptions and experiences of cluster headache among patients, general practitioners and neurologists in the north of england: a qualitative study. The journal of headache and pain (vol. 15, p. J1). 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.
  • Dikomitis L. 2009. BOOK REVIEW: Iron in the Soul. Displacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus. link>

Postgraduate Supervision

Professor Dikomitis has made a substantial contribution to the education of early career researchers. She enthuses postgraduate students across Keele University to become confident ethnographers through her research methods training and leadership of links@keele

ETHNOGRAPHY TRAINING

Professor Dikomitis played a key role in developing ethnographic research methods training at Keele and beyond. She is regularly invited to deliver specialist ethnography courses, in the UK and abroad. She trained a group of researchers at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and led masterclasses at the interuniversity Critical Ethnography Research Seminar series and the Gender Research Seminar series in Belgium. She has organised and delivered the first ethnography summer school for links@keele, supported by Methods North West

SUPERVISION

Professor Dikomitis currently supervises eight postgraduate students who are all undertaking qualitative or ethnographic research: 

  • Dr Alina Buture (PhD, HEY NHS Trust funded, supervised with Dr J. Boland and Dr F. Ahmed) works on a new diagnostic tool for cluster headache 
  • Ms Jeanette Fanthome (PhD, self-funded, supervised with Prof C. Chew-Graham and Dr E. Luksaite) works on social prescribing and creative community organisations 
  • Ms Tamsin Fisher (1+3 PhD, ESRC, supervised with Prof C. Holdsworth and Dr S. Hall) works on young people’s wellbeing and autotelic practices 
  • Ms Natalie Ilsley (PhD, AHRC funded, supervised with Dr M. Palladino and Dr A. Valassopoulos) works on migrant women and the creative arts 
  • Dr Faraz Mughal (MPhil, NIHR funded, supervised with Prof C. Chew-Graham and Dr O. Babatunde) works on self-harm in young people 
  • Dr Jinesh Shah (MMedEd) works on e-learning for postgraduate orthodontic trainees 
  • Ms Lucy Smith (PhD, ESRC funded, supervised with Prof A. Tomkins and Dr S. Talbott) works on occupational stress and the Victorian asylum 

Professor Dikomitis has supervised several PG students to completion, including 3 PhD students.

  • Emma Parry (viva January 2020) worked on flare-ups in knee osteoarthritis (supervised with Prof G. Peat and Prof C. Chew-Graham)
  • Isabela Troya (viva October 2019) conducted a systematic literature review and qualitative research on self-harm in older adults
  • Lubna Ferdowsi (viva November 2017) conducted ethnographic research among Bangladeshi migrants in the UK (supervised with Prof M. Johnson) 

Professor Dikomitis is also member of the supervisory committee of Dr Dirk Lafaut (VUB, Belgium), Mr Bram Rotthier (University of Leuven, Belgium) and Dr Ladan Rahbari (Ghent University, Belgium who completed her PhD in 2019). 

To date, Prof Dikomitis has examined 9 PhD dissertations at universities in the UK, Belgium and Malaysia. 

INSTITUTIONAL LEAD 

Professor Dikomitis is passionate about social research methods and innovative, interdisciplinary methodological approaches. Since 2017 she is Keele's Institutional lead for links@keele and serves on the Executive Board of MethodsNorthWest.

External Roles

EXTERNAL EXAMINER

Professor Dikomitis was External Examiner for the Sociology degrees at Goldsmiths, University of London (2016-19) and is currently External Examiner for Medicine at the University of Birmingham (2018-22) and for Medicine at the University of Leeds (2019-23). 

EDITORIAL ROLES

Professor Dikomitis is a member of the Editorial Board of The Sociological Review (2016-2021), Britain's oldest sociology journal, and was an elected member of the Editorial Board of Sociology (2017-2019), the BSA's flagship journalSince July 2017, she is Associate Editor of Pilot and Feasibility Studies

FUNDING BODIES

Professor Dikomitis has been elected to the AHRC Peer Review College. She also regularly reviews grants for the different UKRI Councils, Research Foundation Flanders and the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation. 

INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER

Professor Dikomitis has delivered invited keynotes, research seminars and public lectures at universities in the UK and abroad. In recent years, she spoke at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Humboldt-Universität Berlin (Germany), PRIO Cyprus Centre, the University of Opole and University of Silesia (both in Poland), at a GCRF-funded workshop on Global Health and Community Engagement (Nepal), at a Newton-funded Researcher Links Workshop (Malaysia) and at the 2019 Annual Convention of the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (Philippines). 

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT WITH RESEARCH

Professor Dikomitis is strongly committed to communicating science publicly and both impact and outreach events are at the heart of her research. Through contributions in the media, public lectures, project websites and workshops she communicates findings with the general public. During her outreach activities (in schools, patient and community organisations) she enthuses audiences that would ordinarily not directly engage with research. 

Outreach activities (selection)

  • Careers in STEM, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Stoke-on-Trent (2019)
  • Sociology in medical education, Lay members group, Medicine Keele (2017)
  • We suffered more: Greek and Turkish Cypriot Refugees, London Anthropology Day, British Museum (2014 and 2015) 

Public exhibitions

In collaboration with artists and curators, Prof Dikomitis has led on public exhibitions in different countries to communicate research findings.

  • UK: two exhibitions at Stoking Curiosity (November 2019)
  • PHILIPPINES: Rural health in the Philippines, Ateneo Art Gallery (September 2019)
  • UK: Rural health in the Philippines, Keele University Art Gallery (May 2019)
  • BELGIUM: Unruly minds: Evolution of mental health care in Flanders, Exhibition at the Psychiatric Hospital of Menen Flanders (October 2017)
  • BELGIUM: Of women, patients and nuns, Exhibition at a 3-day conference organised by the Belgian Gender Studies Network (October 2015)
  • CYPRUS: Mental map ‘postcard CY’ at Politis, Nicosia (January 2011) 

EXCELLENCE AWARD

Professor Dikomitis was awarded the Keele Excellence Award for Public Engagement with Research in June 2019. Quote from the panel:

Prof Dikomitis is an outstanding ambassador for global health research who takes an innovative, inclusive and effective approach to international public engagement. Her recent projects demonstrate her commitment to effective and contextually appropriate public engagement and the benefits this has in terms of the quality of the research.’