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Professor Tim Rhodes

BSc MSc PhD

Professor
of Public Health Sociology

Room
235

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
020 7927 2017

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 health 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 fields of COVID-19, hepatitis C and disease control. 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).

Affiliations

Department of Public Health, Environments and Society

Teaching

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, health and ev idencing-making, and the sociology of drug use.

Research

Recent and current projects include: qualitative research on the 'evidence-making' of implementation and modelling sciences in viral elimination and disease control (COVID-19 and hepatitis C); qualitative research on lived experiences of COVID-19 illness, social impact and recovery; qualitative collaborative research on health care worker responses to COVID-19 (Colombia); qualitative research on the health and livelihood effects of illicit drug economies in war to peacetime transitions in Myanmar and Colombia; and qualitative longitudinal research investigating engagements in HIV care in the UK. 

Research Area
Risk
Ethnography
Qualitative methods
Substance use
Discipline
Sociology
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Addiction
Hepatitis
Coronavirus
Country
Australia
Colombia
Kenya
Myanmar (Burma)
Russia
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Ecologies of drug war and more-than-human health: The case of a chemical at war with a plant.
Rhodes T; Harris M; Sanín FG; Lancaster K
2021
The International journal on drug policy
Excitable models: Projections, targets, and the making of futures without disease.
Rhodes T; Lancaster K
2021
Sociology of health & illness
How to think with models and targets: Hepatitis C elimination as a numbering performance.
Rhodes T; Lancaster K
2020
International Journal of Drug Policy
Modelling the pandemic: attuning models to their contexts.
Rhodes T; Lancaster K; Lees S; Parker M
2020
BMJ GLOBAL HEALTH
A model society: maths, models and expertise in viral outbreaks
Rhodes T; Lancaster K; Rosengarten M
2020
Critical Public Health
The becoming-methadone-body: on the onto-politics of health intervention translations.
Rhodes T; Azbel L; Lancaster K; Meyer J
2019
Sociology of health & illness
Evidence-making hepatitis C cure: Towards a science that knows more carefully.
Rhodes T; Lancaster K
2019
International Journal of Drug Policy
Evidence-making interventions in health: A conceptual framing.
Rhodes T; Lancaster K
2019
Social Science & Medicine
The social life of HIV care: On the making of 'care beyond the virus'
Rhodes T; Egede S; Grenfell P; Paparini S; Duff C
2018
BioSocieties
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