Online / Diamond Building, Lecture Theater 9 (LT9). University of Sheffield, 32 Leavygreave Rd, Broomhall, Sheffield S3 7RD.


17 Apr 2024


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Designing equitable interventions to reduce health inequalities: can co-production help?

This workshop has been organised by the Wellbeing, Health and Communities (WHC) Pathway and is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD and MA Social Research students within the WRDTP’s seven partner universities. Whilst this workshop is aimed at WHC Pathway students, PGRs from all seven interdisciplinary Pathways are welcome to attend.

Wellbeing, Health and Communities Annual Grand Challenges Lecture

Learning outcomes:

  • Insight into the challenges and possibilities of researching health inequalities as a doctoral student in the social sciences
  • Increased awareness of patient and public involvement (PPI) and the significant role it plays in research about health and healthcare
  • Knowledge of divergent views about what exactly co-production is, and how it can be utilised to promote health and healthcare improvement.
  • Insight into how social science researchers engage in co-production
  • Insight into examples of the use of co-production and other participatory methods in the field to health inequalities

Dr Oli Williams

Lecturer in Co-designing Healthcare Interventions

Oli Williams is a sociologist and Lecturer in Co-designing Healthcare Interventions at King’s College London, UK. His research focuses on health inequalities and equitable intervention, weight-related health including ‘obesity’ and eating disorders, stigma, and participatory research methods. He was awarded an NIHR CLAHRC West Dan Hill Fellowship in Health Equity and a postdoctoral fellowship from The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) to conduct research in these areas. He co-founded the art collective Act With Love (AWL) in an attempt to ensure research evidence can do more to promote social change. The evidence-based comic ‘The Weight of Expectation’, is one example of their work and was created in collaboration with illustrator Jade Sarson. In recognition of his work on weight stigma, the British Science Association invited Oli to give the Margaret Mead Award Lecture for Social Sciences at the British Science Festival and ‘The Weight of Expectation’ project won in the ‘Best Doctoral or Early Career Research’ category at the Arts and Humanities Research Council Medical Humanities Awards.

This training session will be delivered in a hybrid format.

This training session will be recorded.