Biography

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

She studied at different Belgian Universities, holding undergraduate degrees in Education (2000, Catholic College Leuven, Belgium) and in 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, Dr Dikomitis gained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (i.e. sociology and social anthropology) at Ghent University. She also holds the PGCert in Academic Practice from the University of Hull (2015) and is Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.

Her academic career started in Belgium, at Ghent University, where she worked as Assistant Lecturer (2004-2009) and a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer (2010-12). After moving to the UK for family reasons, Dr Dikomitis first worked as a Research Fellow at the Hull York Medical School (2012-14), before taking up a permanent position in March 2014 as Lecturer in Social Research at the University of Hull. She joined Keele University as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health in July 2016. 

At Keele, Dr Dikomitis leads the Behavioural and Social Sciences team in the School of Medicine, is a key member of the Institute for Global Health and enthuses postgraduate students across the institution to become confident ethnographers through her research methods training and leadership of links@keele.

Dr Dikomitis is passionate about reading, writing and languages. She is a Belgian-Cypriot and grew up in a multi-lingual family in a small town on the French-Belgian border. She has continued this tradition, together with her husband Vassos Argyrou, as they raise their daughter in Dutch, Greek and English. 

Do get in touch with Dr Dikomitis if you are interested in qualitative and ethnographic research and global health projects, expertise in qualitative research methods training or social sciences teaching as applied to medicine.

Research and scholarship

Dr Dikomitis works at the intersection of social sciences, arts, humanities and medicine. One common theme that runs throughout all of her research projects is the methodological approach. She has carried out fieldwork in Cyprus, Belgium, the United Kingdom and more recently the Philippines. A seasoned ethnographer, Dr Dikomitis conducted 'classical 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. 

Research areas
  • The first strand of Dr Dikomitis' work is concerned with refugee and migrant communities. She conducted long-term ethnographic fieldwork among Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees. This resulted in the critically acclaimed monograph Cyprus and Its Places of Desire: Cultures of Displacement among Greek and Turkish Cypriot Refugees (IB Tauris, 2012). She is currently writing up the results of an AHRC-funded ethnographic study on Polish migrants in Hull and how they deal with death and memorialisation.
  • The second research strand 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 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 a Co-Investigator in two NIHR-funded programmes, she leads the ethnographic and qualitative studies in these applied healthcare programmes.
  • The third research strand includes several global health studies. She is a key member of Keele’s Institute for Global Health. 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.  Dr Dikomitis is Principal Investigator of SOLACE, an MRC-AHRC funded ethnographic study on rural health in the Philippines.
Funding 

The quality of Dr Dikomitis work has been recognised by 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, Keele’s Institute Research Foundation Flanders, the Leventis Foundation and the European Science Foundation.

Currently funded projects include:

  • SOLACE, funded by the GCRF AHRC-MRC (role: Principal Investigator) £199,840
  • RaCeR, funded by the NIHR (role: Co-Investigator, PI Dr Littlewood and Professor Foster) £249,998
  • STOPS+, funded by the MRC (role: Co-Investigator, PI Professor Farooq) £564,784
  • PROMPPT, funded by the NIHR (role: Co-Investigator, PI Dr Ashworth and Professor Mallen) £ 2,499,608
  • iPRIME, funded by the Newton Fund (role: Co-Investigator, PI Professor Hassell) £58,400
Reviewer for funding bodies

Dr Dikomitis has reviewed grant proposals submitted to the UK’s Medical Research Council, the UKRI’s Global Challenges Research Fund and Belgium’s Research Foundation Flanders.

Postgraduate Research Supervision/Examination

Dr Dikomitis is a sought-after supervisor for her methodological expertise in qualitative and ethnographic research. She currently supervises 8 postgraduate students who are all undertaking qualitative/ethnographic doctoral projects:

  • Dr Faraz Mughal (MPhil, NIHR funded, supervised with C. Chew-Graham and O. Babatunde) works on self-harm in young people
  • Dr Jinesh Shah (MMedEd) works on e-learning for postgraduate orthodontic trainees
  • Dr Alina Buture (PhD, HEY Trust funded, supervised with J. Boland and F. Ahmed) works on a new diagnostic tool for cluster headache
  • Dr Emma Parry (PhD, SPCR GP Fellowship, supervised with G. Peat and C. Chew-Graham) work on flare-ups in knee osteoarthritis)
  • Ms Jeanette Fanthome (PhD, self-funded, supervised with C. Chew-Graham and E. Luksaite) works on social prescribing and creative community organisations
  • Ms Tamsin Fisher (1+3 PhD, ESRC, supervised with C. Holdsworth and S. Hall) works on young people’s wellbeing and autotelic practices
  • Mr Andrew Cuff (PhD, Keele ACORN, supervised with C. Littlewood and N. Foster) works on imaging for common musculoskeletal conditions in primary care
  • Ms Isabela Troya (PhD, Keele ACORN, supervised with C. Chew-Graham and O. Babatunde) works on self-harm in older adults
  • Ms Natalie Ilsley (PhD, AHRC funded, supervised with M. Palladino and A. Valassopoulos) works on migrant women and the creative arts

Dr Dikomitis is also member of the supervisory committee of Dirk Lafaut (VUB, Belgium), Bram Rotthier (University of Leuven, Belgium) and Ladan Rahbari (Ghent University, Belgium). To date, Dr Dikomitis has examined 8 doctoral dissertations at universities in the UK, Belgium and Malaysia.

Teaching

Teaching 

Since 2004, Dr 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 mainly teaches sociology in the undergraduate medical curriculum and research methods on Keele’s postgraduate medical courses. She is also a Problem-Based Learning and Experiential Learning tutor at the School of Medicine.

Student nominations

Since Dr Dikomitis arrived at Keele University, she has received multiple nominations from students for the Keele Excellence Awards. For instance,

She 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’ (UG medical student, 2016-18)

‘Dr 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’ (UG medical student, 2017-18)

Leadership roles in teaching and learning 

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

Higher Education Academy 

Dr 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.

External examiner 

In the UK, senior academics are appointed to Dr Dikomitis is External Examiner for the BA Sociology/Joint Degrees at Goldsmiths, University of London (2016-20) and External Examiner on the four-year Graduate Entry Course (GEC) Year 1 MBChC at the University of Birmingham (2018-22).

Ethnography training 

Dr Dikomitis is regularly invited to deliver short 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.

Further information

Institutional lead 

Dr Dikomitis is passionate about social research methods and innovative, interdisciplinary methodological approaches. Since 2017 she is Keele's Institutional lead for links@keele and MethodsNorthWest.

Editorial roles 

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

She is a regular reviewer for the British Journal of General Practice and Health Expectations and also reviews for several anthropology, sociology and clinical journals, as well as reviewing ethnographic book manuscripts.

Contributions to media 

Dr Dikomitis regularly contributes to Belgian, Cypriot, German and British written and audio-visual media and press. For an overview, click here

Inspirational woman

Dr Dikomitis has been nominated by several colleagues as ‘inspirational woman’ for Keele’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, these included: 

 ‘Lisa is the most enthusiastic and positive person I have met. Her passion for her work and drive to improve care for people across the globe is inspirational.’

‘Lisa works tirelessly to support her family and promote her career. Lisa makes those around her more confident and shared ventures more fun.’

‘Lisa has boundless energy and very strong work ethics. She is an effective networker and fabulous role model for ECRs.’

Such nominations have only meaning because she works among and with so many inspirational women at Keele University, see special issue of The Know.

International speaker

In addition to many annual conference presentations and contributions (including SAPCBSAEASAASAASME scientific meetings), Dr Dikomitis has delivered invited keynotes at a number of conferences and is regularly invited to give seminars and lectures at British universities and abroad. In recent years, she gave research seminars at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Germany), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Humboldt-Universität Berlin (Germany), PRIO Cyprus Centre and the University of Opole and University of Silesia (both in Poland).

Dr Dikomitis also delivered a keynote lecture at the Psychiatric Hospital of Menen to launch the Mental Health Awareness week in Flanders. The talk also served as the introduction to an exhibition around the (r)evolution in mental health care in Flanders. 

Selected Publications

  • 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>
  • 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. link> doi> full text>
  • Troya MI, Chew-Graham C, Babatunde O, Bartlam B, Mughal F, Dikomitis L. The role of primary care supporting older adults who self-harm: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice. 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>

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

  • 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>
  • 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. link> doi> full text>
  • Troya MI, Chew-Graham C, Babatunde O, Bartlam B, Mughal F, Dikomitis L. The role of primary care supporting older adults who self-harm: a qualitative study. British Journal of General Practice. 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 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.
  • 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>

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

  • 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. link>
  • Dikomitis L. 2009. BOOK REVIEW: Iron in the Soul. Displacement, Livelihood and Health in Cyprus. link>