Professor Tim Rhodes
BSc MSc PhD
of Public Health Sociology
15-17 Tavistock Place
Tim focuses on the sociology of health using qualitative methods. His work concentrates on the social relations of access to care, especially in relation to drug use, addictions, HIV and hepatitis C. His recent and current qualitative research explores the implementation of harm reduction and HIV care interventions among people who inject drugs in East Africa, Colombia and Myanmar. He is currently also focused on the development of critical approaches, informed by science and technology studies, to the study of implementation science, including in the field of hepatitis C. As part of this work, he is exploring the evidence produced by mathematical models in policy and public responses to viral infections and outbreaks. He also holds an appointment as Professor of the Sociology of Health at the University of New South Wales (Australia).
PhD supervision in sociological studies of health practices using qualitative methods; MSc course lead and lecturing on qualitative methodologies; MSc lecturing on qualitative methods, the sociology of risk and health, and the sociology of drug use.
Recent and current projects include: participatory qualitative action research in peer harm reduction intervention among people who inject drugs in Kenya and Mauritius; qualitative research on the health and livelihood effects of illicit drug economies in war to peacetime transitions in Myanmar and Colombia; qualitative research on the 'evidence-making' of implementation science to eliminate hepatitis C; qualitative longitudinal research investigating engagements in HIV care in the UK; and qualitative longitudinal research investigating therapeutic relationships and access to HIV prevention and methadone treatment among people who inject drugs in Kenya.