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

I'm a sociologist and qualitative researcher interested in HIV, health activism and clinical practice. My work has employed a range of approaches to conducting research and I 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. 

I am currently co-editing a volume on health activism and feminist theory with Lisa Lindén (University of Gothenburg), which is under contract with Routledge. I am also a co-convenor of the British Sociological Association (BSA) Medical Sociology London study group, a member of the UCL Sociology Network Coordinating Group, and I organise a qualitative research group within the Institute for Global Health. 

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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, where I also conducted my Postdoctoral research, which focussed on HIV activism and HIV history. In 2019, 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. During my time at LSHTM, I contributed 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.

Teaching Summary
In September 2022, along with co-lead Dr Shema Tariq, I set up the UCL Institute for Global Health Short Course in Remote Methods in Health. 

I am also a seminar tutor on Concepts and Controversies in Global Health, an MSc dissertation supervisor and a personal tutor.

SEP-2022 Coordinating Group Member UCL Sociology Network University College London, United Kingdom
JUN-2022 Co-convenor Medical Sociology London Study Group British Sociological Association, United Kingdom
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