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. He is currently also focused on the development of critical approaches to the study of implementation science, including in the field of hepatitis C. He edits the International Journal of Drug Policy. He has honorary positions as Professor of the Sociology of Health at the University of New South Wales (Australia) and University College London (UK).
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.
Recently funded projects include: participatory qualitative action research in peer harm reduction intervention among people who inject drugs in Kenya and Mauritius (Viiv Health Care); and qualitative studies of the health and livelihood effects of illicit drug economies in war to peacetime transitions in Myanmar and Colombia (GCRF).
Current and recent projects also include: qualitative longitudinal research investigating engagements in HIV care in the UK (NIHR); qualitative formative research to develop community change interventions in HIV prevention for people who inject drugs in Senegal (MRC); qualitative longitudinal research investigating therapeutic relationships and access to HIV prevention and methadone treatment among people who inject drugs in Kenya (International AIDS Alliance; NIH); and supporting qualitative and rapid assessment studies of drug use and harm reduction in countries of East Africa (Global Fund).