Dr Sofia Anthi Vougioukalou

Dr Sofia Anthi Vougioukalou

Research Associate

School of Healthcare Sciences

Email:
vougioukalous@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 206 88575
Fax:
+44 (0)29 2091 7803
Location:
Room 13.18, 13th Floor, Eastgate House, 35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0AB

Dr Vougioukalou is a Research Associate in Health Services Research and works with Professor Daniel Kelly and colleagues within the Innovation, Improvement and Engagement in Health and Social Care research theme on workforce development, quality improvement, patient and public involvement, and health inequalities in cancer and palliative care pathways.

My academic interests span anthropology, medical ethnobotany and health care. I am interested in cultural understandings of illness and health, evaluation and impact assessment of services in health and social care, and the intersection of biomedicine with informal and traditional medical systems. I have also researched patient and public involvement and engagement and their contribution to innovation, translation and knowledge exchange. Understanding  conflicting epistemologies in health and social care (within and between professional and service user groups) and translating findings into effective practices can be very challenging and effectively addressed through participatory methodologies. I have used participatory approaches such as Participatory Rural Appraisal, Accelerated Experience-based Co-design and Appreciative Inquiry in organisational and community development with service users and community members with varying levels of literacy, physical and mental health needs.

I am currently researching the physical, emotional and financial impacts of facing cancer while living alone and co-ordinating and Arts of Health initiative to enable a creative space for discussions about cancer and survivorship.

2014- present: Research Associate in Health Services Research, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University

2013 - 2014: Public Engagement Associate for Health Research, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (Wellcome Trust) & Integrative Epidemiology Unit (MRC), University of Bristol

2011- 2013: Research Associate and Research Design Service Advisor, Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London

2010- 2011: Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Transfer, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Canterbury Christ Church University

2007-2009: Research Associate & Evaluation Consultant, Department of Social Work, Health and Community, Canterbury Christ Church University

2008-2011: Associate Lecturer, Centre for Flexible Learning  & School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent

2003- 2010: Research and Teaching Assistant, School of Anthropology and Conservation, University of Kent

Honours and awards

Post-doctoral research and knowledge exchange

  • 2012: Assessing the impact of participatory research, JISC, £20,425 (PI Tina Cook, Northumbria University, co-PIs: Boote, University of Sheffield; Buckley, University of Cambridge; Vougioukalou, King’s College London)
  • 2011: Evaluation of early intervention parenting support programmes delivered by Homestart and Canterbury and District Early Years Project, NHS Strategic Health Authority South East, £4,000
  • 2011: Invited speaker to Open Science Network education colloquium at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany in St Louis, National Science Foundation (US) & Texas Botanical Research Institute, $2,000
  • 2011: ‘Capacity building for the Third Sector in the Canterbury District’, Higher Education Fund for Innovation 4, HEFCE, £3,000
  • 2010: Evaluation of Multi-agency Cascade Services for children at the risk of school exclusion, Kent County Council Children Families and Education Directorate, £4,500
  • 2010: ‘Using online collaborative platforms to facilitate knowledge transfer partnerships between universities and community organisations’, Higher Education Fund for Innovation 4, HEFCE, £2,000
  • 2010: ‘Anthropological approaches to programme evaluation’, Knowledge Transfer Small Awards, HEFCE, £1,000
  • 2010: ‘The Kent Cider Ethnobotany Project: using wikis, participatory video and YouTube to enhance teaching and learning about local natural resource uses’, Open Science Network Travel Grant to present at the 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany in Xalapa Mexico, National Science Foundation (US) & Texas Botanical Research Institute, $1,800
  • 2009: ‘Developing e-learning tools for anthropology’, Challenge Fund, Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, University of Kent, £1,000
  • 2009: Early Career Ethnobiologist Travel Grant to attend the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany in Charleston, National Science Foundation (US) & Texas Botanical Research Institute, $980

PhD research

· 2003-2006: Funded under ESRC-Research in Interactive Ethnography: Interactive data collection-reproduction/ Transmission of environmental knowledge, University of Kent, £ 13,000

· 2003: Tropical Ethnobotany Training Course Bursary, National Tropical Botanical Gardens, Hawai’I, $1,400

MSc research

· 2000: Mouat Jones/Harvey/Boyle Fund - MSc dissertation funding, University of Leeds, £500

· 2000: Garstang Priestly Travel Fund - MSc dissertation funding, University of Leeds, £500

Professional memberships

Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing, University of Kent

Open Science Network in Ethnobiology, Texas Botanical Research Institute

Public engagement ambassador for Life Sciences and Health, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Academic positions

2013-2014: Public Engagement Associate for Health Research, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (Wellcome Trust) & Integrative Epidemiology Unit (MRC), University of Bristol

Increasing capacity for public engagement and patient and public involvement in translational health research, evaluation, researcher and clinician engagement in collaborative bid writing, funder engagement (MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, Jisc), PPI training, public advisory group facilitation, PPI strategy formation for the University of Bristol, contribution and representation in the West of England AHSN and CLAHRC PPI streams (linked to innovation, enterprise and translation), co-ordination of a best practice learning network in public engagement among Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund-funded institutions.

2011- 2013: Research Associate and Research Design Service Advisor, Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London

Ethnographic evaluation of accelerated healthcare improvement through patient participation, consultancy on qualitative social science methods for medical research

2017: The human cost of cancer: addressing the unique physical, emotional and financial implications of facing cancer while living alone (Tenovus Cancer Care Innovation Grant)

2017: ‘Understanding Cancer Care: Patient and Professional Perspectives’: an evaluation of an educational module (Public Health Wales, Wales Cancer Network)

2016: Development of a self-sustaining community of Huntington’s disease walkers in Wales (Wellcome Trust ISSF – Public Engagement)

2014-2016: Staff experiences of transition from active to palliative care for teenagers and young adult patients with cancer (School of Healthcare Sciences, Teenage Cancer Trust)

2014-2016: Participatory action research to improve the health needs of male prisoners in Wales (Public Health Wales)

2014-2015: Safe nurse staffing levels in Wales (Welsh Government)