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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

New ‘Systems Science in Public Health’ podcast series launched

Today we’re delighted to launch our new podcast series, titled Systems Science in Public Health. Over the coming months, our host Petra Meier will be catching up with scientists, thinkers, policymakers and practitioners who work in this space.

Our first episode features Professor Jo-An Occhipinti who is Head of the Systems Modelling, Simulation and Data Science at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia. She is also the Managing Director of C-SART which is an international alliance of centres of excellence in systems modelling to inform health and social policy.

The series is a joint venture between the SIPHER Consortium and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Evaluation of public health interventions from a complex systems perspective: a research methods review

Petra Meier has co-authored a new paper with colleagues from the School for Public Health Research. Published in Social Science and Medicine last week, the paper examines methods for complex systems evaluations in public health. The authors also propose a framework for complex systems methods in different stages of evaluation.

You can read the full paper here.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

A Cybernetic Participatory Approach for Complex Policy Systems Design

Mo Hassannezhad is at the 4th International Meeting on Health Systems Design Research, hosted by Delft University of Technology, to talk about research on cybernetic participatory approaches for complex policy systems design today.

This is the approach we have been using for our participatory systems mapping in SIPHER, as we seek to map out inclusive economy systems in Sheffield, Greater Manchester and in Scotland (where we are working with Clackmannanshire Council). It is fully digital, which means that we can bring together a wide range of stakeholders to build and review the system map as it is being developed in real time using an online mapping platform.

Find out more in our this blog.

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Visualising the spread of COVID-19 across England

Colin Angus has been drawing Covid related graphs for a number of months now. In this short article he explores temporal variations in the peak number of Covid cases by Local Authority.

The visualisation illustrates that the peak number of cases in many of the worst-affected areas such as Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool actually happened a fair bit earlier than most of the rest of the country, where cases are only now starting to come down.

Read more here.

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

SIPHER Welcomes New Team Members

Over the past 2 months we have welcomed 10 new members to our SIPHER team. We are delighted to introduce:

  • Colin Angus, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield
  • Anna Brook, Specialty Registrar in Public Health in Yorkshire and Humber
  • Ally Brown, PhD Student at the University of Strathclyde
  • Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Manchester
  • Rob Clay, PhD Student at the University of Leeds
  • Becky Field, Research Associate at the University of Sheffield
  • Kate Hayes, PhD Student at the University of Sheffield
  • Anna Macintyre, Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde
  • Kimberley Smith, Health Inequalities Policy Advisor for the Scottish Government
  • Hui Zhang, Research Associate at the University of Sheffield

For more information on our new colleagues visit our team page.