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Taiwan-UK SGS Health Research Network (TUSHRN)

The Taiwan-UK SGS Health Research Network (TUSHRN) aims to further research on the health of sex, gender and sexuality (SGS) minorities in Taiwan and the UK.

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The TUSHRN project will develop a sustainable network of sex, gender and sexuality health (SGS) researchers in Taiwan and the UK that can enrich and forward SGS health research in both countries and further afield.

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Members of the TUSHRN Network comprise around 60 active researchers (currently 29 Netpal pairs/groups and 6 affiliated members) investigating the intersection of health with diversity in SGS in both Taiwan and the UK.

About
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Marginalisation, oppression and discrimination against people with atypical sex, gender or sexuality (SGS) occurs across the globe. This results in poorer health outcomes for these minorities than for the majority, whether health is conceived of as an absence of disease or as a foundation for living a decent life. Transparent and well-executed research is essential for addressing the health challenges faced by sex, gender and sexuality minorities. Increasingly this is recognised as a global endeavour. 

Both Taiwan and the UK are high-income countries regarded as progressive on SGS minority rights in their respective continents, although both unevenly so. Both have diverse communities of academic health researchers investigating many aspects of sex, gender and sexual minority lives. The work we do has impacts across the Sinophone and Anglophone communities. 

The aim of our project is to develop a sustainable Network of SGS health researchers in these fields in Taiwan and the UK that can enrich and forward SGS health research in both countries and further afield.

The topic of our project is to co-develop a battery of alternative measures of sex, gender and sexuality that will facilitate cross-cultural queer health research, as well as improve measurement of these human qualities in health care services in both countries.

The four objectives of our project are to:

  1. Identify researchers in the UK and Taiwan engaged in SGS minority health;
  2. Create channels of communication for both early-career and established scholars in SGS minority health research;
  3. Collaboratively develop comparative measures of sex, gender and sexuality that are valid and applicable to future national health surveys in both Taiwan and the UK;
  4. Co-produce research roadmaps and operational resources for sustainable UK-Taiwan collaborations.

The TUSHRN project is co-funded by the UKRI Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology from 2021 to 2023.

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The TUSHRN Taskforce comprises eight scholars from diverse disciplines, including sociology, health psychology, anthropology, queer studies, media research, international law, health politics, mental health, public health, implementation science and inter-professional education.

Members of the TUSHRN Network comprise around 70 active researchers (including 59 Net-pals and 6 affiliated members) interested in the intersection of health with diversity in sex, gender and/or sexuality in both Taiwan and the UK.

Membership of TUSHRN does not indicate any specific theoretical position on the conception or measurement of health, sex, gender or sexuality. Membership does indicate an openness to enquiry and a respectful attitude towards different views.

Network Members recognise that measurement of (or enquiry into) sex, gender and sexuality occur in a range of contexts (e.g., legal/administrative, clinical/service provision and research/surveillance). The Network takes no collective position on what should (not) be measured, or how, in each of these contexts.

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Potential beneficiaries of our TUSHRN Network. SGS: sex, gender and sexuality.
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There will be a number of networking activities (including three international visits and two scoping studies) from 2021 to 2023 addressing the project’s four Objectives.

Members in the TUSHRN Network include (in alphabetical order 按照英文姓氏首字母排序):

Researcher in the UK

Researcher in Taiwan

Kathryn Almack

Jen-Ho Chang 張仁和

PJ Annand

Te-Sheng Chang 張德勝

Michael Brown

Bo-Wei Chen 陳伯偉

Kai-Yuan Cheng

Mu-Hong Chen 陳牧宏

Isaac Yen-Hao Chu

Yen-Hsin Cheng 鄭雁馨

Soazig Clifton

Hung Chiao 喬    虹

Anne Conolly

Piao-Yi Chiou 邱飄逸

Zowie Davy

Hiker Chiu 丘愛芝

Rachel Eastham

Dau-Chuan Chung 鍾道詮

Natalie Edelman

Desmond Deng-Min Chuang 莊登閔

Rebecca French

Yvonne Hsiung 熊誼芳

Ella Guerin

Chih-Yun Hsu 徐志雲

Peter Hegarty

Su-Ting Hsu 徐淑婷

Brian Heaphy

Yu-Ying Hu 胡郁盈

Ford Hickson

Poyao Huang 黃柏堯

Jaime Garcia Iglesias

Yu-Ling Huang 黃于玲

Gemma Lewis

JhuCin Rita Jhang 張竹芩

Cheuk-Yin Eva Li

Monica Ko 柯乃熒

Kirsty Liddiard

Stephane Wen-Wei Ku 顧文瑋

Carrie Llewellyn

Pei-Wen Lee 李佩雯

Alvaro Martinez-Lacabe

Po-Han Lee 李柏翰

Oliver Matias

Charlie Chia-Leen Li 李佳霖

Mark McCormack

Chia-Wen Li 李佳雯

Elizabeth McDermott

Wen Liu 劉    文

Sally McManus

Peih-Ying Lu 呂佩穎

Catherine Meads

Cheng-Shi Shiu 許正熙

Tom Nadarzynski

Carol Strong 莊佳蓉

Alexandra Pitman

Po-Wen Su 蘇柏文

Ana Carretero Resino

Ciwang Teyra

Katie Saunders

Po-Chia Tseng 曾柏嘉

Joanna Semlyen

Ya-Ching Wang 王雅青

Alice Sullivan

Han-Ting Wei 衛漢廷

Ben Vincent

 

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Gender in Science & Technology by The Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

An interdisciplinary database on the sex/gender/sexuality-related studies funded by Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology.

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Upcoming events

TUSHRN Netpal Symposium (Online, Netpal only)

Date: 12 March 2022


Taiwan-UK Conference on SGS Minority Health Research (Online, open for registration in April 2022)

Date: 16 July 2022

Background

Marginalisation, oppression and discrimination against people with atypical sex, gender or sexuality (SGS) occurs across the globe. This results in poorer health outcomes for these minorities than for the majority, whether health is conceived as an absence of disease or as a foundation for living a decent life. Transparent and well-executed research is essential for addressing the health challenges faced by sex, gender and sexuality minorities. Increasingly this is recognised as a global endeavour.Both Taiwan and the UK are high-income countries regarded as progressive on SGS minority rights in their respective continents, although both unevenly so. Both have diverse communities of academic health researchers investigating many aspects of sex, gender and sexual minority lives. The work we do has impacts across the Sinophone and Anglophone communities.

Aim and objectives

The focus of the conference is how we, as researchers, measure or distinguish categories of sex, gender and sexuality and the implications of this. If appropriate and acceptable, we would ask Netpals to present some aspects/ideas for your collaboration concerning one or more of the following questions. Participants will contribute to the discussion through comments and live Q&As.

  1. How are sex, gender and/or sexuality conceptualised and operationalised in current health research?
  2. How do different operationalisations change the findings of the research?
  3. What categories of sex, gender and sexuality are most useful to policymakers?
  4. What categories of sex, gender and sexuality are most useful for understanding their natures?
  5. How does the way we measure or categorise sex, gender and sexuality in health research impact our research participants, data users and communities?

Venue

We aim to hold a hybrid meeting in Taiwan with both face-to-face and online sessions (location TBA). We are aware of uncertainties in the current COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing travel restrictions to Taiwan. The Taskforce will announce the mode of Conference by the end of April 2022.

Organising committee

Taiwan-UK Sex/Gender/Sexuality Minorities Health Network Taskforce

Contact

TaiwanUKSGS@lshtm.ac.uk

Past events

Taiwan Researcher Meet&Greet (at National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan)

Date: 8 Jan 2022