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Dr Sofia Anthi Vougioukalou

Dr Sofia Anthi Vougioukalou

Cydymaith Ymchwil

Ysgol y Gwyddorau Gofal Iechyd

+44 (0)29 206 88575
+44 (0)29 2091 7803
Ystafell 13.18, Tŷ Eastgate, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd, 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.

Academic interestsMy academic interests span anthropology, medical ethnobotany and health care. My main research interests have focussed on 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 am also interested in patient and public involvement and engagement and their contribution to innovation, translation and knowledge exchange

Dr Vougioukalou has an academic background in biology, ethnobotany and medical anthropology. She was previously lead for patient and public involvement (PPI) at the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol and public engagement associate for the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit. While at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences at King's College London she undertook an ethnographic evaluation of Accelerated Experience-based Co-design, a participatory health improvement project in Intensive Care Unit and Lung Cancer services. She also worked a qualitative methods adviser for the NIHR-funded Research Design Service London and taught on PPI and ethnography for the Masters in Public Health and convened an Advanced Methods Training Course on Impact and Engagement for King's Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Unit. She worked extensively in the field of health and social care service evaluation for and impact assessment for while at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her doctoral examined lay understandings of illness and medicinal plant use while receiving medical care in different cultures using an ethnobiological approach (an interdisciplinary methodology combining anthropology and biology that seeks to bridge cultural and biomedical understandings of biological processes).

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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

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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

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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










  • Vougioukalou, S. 2010. Responding to the 'big society': flexible curriculum development for the voluntary sector. Presented at: University Vocational Awards Council Annual Conference, York, England, 11-12 November 2010 Presented at University Vocational Awards Council, . ed.The Future Agenda for Higher Level Skills and Work-Based Learning Seminar Papers from the University Vocational Awards Council Annual Conference. Bolton: University Vocational Awards Council pp. 35-46.
  • KISS028: Effective engagement and impact: from research design to evaluation (Doctoral Training Centre -  role: course convenor)
  • 7MHPH021: Social Research Methods for Public Health, Ethnography and observational methods  (Masters in Public Health - role: guest lecturer)

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

Social inclusiveness in healthcare, qualitative and quantitative research methods, cross-cultural psychiatry, knowledge exchange in the third sector

Selected projects: evaluation of dementia pilot projects, services for children and families and domestic violence prevention programmes, use of multimedia in community gardening and horticultural therapy, capacity building for the voluntary sector, life-long learning

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

Social impactassessment of public health and education organisations, focus group and community event organisation, oral and written dissemination of research outcomes

Selected projects: Multi-agency Cascade Services for young people at the brink of school exclusion, Early Support for children with special needs, developing an audit tool for Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board to measure compliance with child protection legislation

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

CM522: Cultures and Medicinal Plants (2011), CM521: Cultures and Traditional Medicines (2010)

CM414: Cultures and Societies I (2008 & 2009), CM415: Cultures and Societies II (2009 & 2010)

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

Teaching Assistant:

SE302: Foundations of Human Culture (2007-2008), SE301: Introduction to Social Anthropology (2008-2009), SE300: Computing for Anthropologists (2007-2010)

Research Assistant in the following ESRC-funded projects:

Interactive ethnograghy and the transmission of environmental knowledge (2003-2005), Genealogical relations of knowledge (2006), Ceramic sago molds and trading patterns in the Indonesia and Western Papua (2007)

Conference organisation:

ESRC/NSF Agenda setting workshop to explore anthropological applications and development of e-Science/Cyberinfrastructure (2007)

My research interests have developed out of an interest in understanding  conflicting epistemologies in health and social care (within and between professional and service user groups) and translating findings into effective practices that lead to improved health outcomes. I have experience in 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 also interested in health inequalities and understanding barriers to the delivery of healthcare in marginalised communities.

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Manal Ali Hamithi

Research student

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