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Dr Emily Nicholls
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  • Research Fellow- INTUIT
  • Institute for Global Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I'm a sociologist and qualitative researcher interested in HIV, health activism and clinical practice. I have experience of using a range of approaches to conducting research and am interested in a range of theoretical traditions, including Science and Technology Studies, critical care studies, Feminist and Queer theories. More recently, I have become interested in creative research methods and finding new ways of communicating research findings. 

Research Summary

I joined the Institute for Global Health at UCL part-time in June 2021 in order to contribute to the qualitative work package on the CASCADE Collaboration, where I will be researching the lived experiences of HIV seroconversion. In September 2021 I became a full-time member of the institute when I joined INTUIT to contribute to the analysis and writing up of interview data about patient generated data in HIV. 

I completed my PhD in Visual Sociology in 2017 at Goldsmiths, University in London. The Sociology Department at Goldsmiths was also where I conducted my Postdoctoral research, which focussed on HIV activism and HIV history. In 2019 and after 11 years at Goldsmiths (having also completed my BA and MA there), I moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in order to contribute to the written outputs of a project focussing on migration, precarity and HIV care. Initially employed on a four month contract, I stayed on at LSHTM much longer, joining and contributing to several research teams within the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. This included working on a a qualitative sub-study of a randomised controlled trial of an HIV self-testing intervention; a study on the 'ethics-in-practice' of research in conflict; a study on the health and wellbeing needs of communities in North Yorkshire; and finally contributing to an international collaboration on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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