The work of this research team contributes to produce and disseminate robust and timely evidence to inform policies on health inequalities and innovative health technologies through the lenses of social epidemiology and science and technology studies. It does so by approaching health from a humanitarian and human rights perspective based on quantitative and qualitative methodologies. We get inspiration from working closely with people and taking their experiences, expectations and rights into account in order to promote responsible research and innovation.
Our main interests are:
a) to understand how socioeconomic, demographic, psychological, behavioural and environmental characteristics intertwine in the health experiences and health outcomes;
b) to explore diverse modes of governance, health regulation and clinical practices based on new public health concepts, such as health innovation, public and patient involvement, people-centred care, citizen science, literacy and solidarity.
The internal organization of the team aims to enhance research coherence and co-operation around two specific thematic areas:
1) Social inequalities in health. The specific goals are: a) to produce knowledge about the influence of social environment and social trajectories (e.g. socioeconomic circumstances, neighborhood effects, life social adverse experiences) on health, with a particular emphasis on the contribution of social inequalities to healthy ageing; b) to identify biological mechanisms through which social adverse experiences are embedded and “get under the skin”.
2) Innovative health technologies. This area intends: a) to develop innovative conceptual and methodological tools in the field of reproductive, genetic and neonatal technologies and to assess its impacts on integrated public health policies, people-centred care and ethical frameworks of research and clinical practices; b) to assess public and patient involvement in healthcare governance, clinical interactions and public health research.