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Taught by HCD staff, the Department of Social Psychology offers a unique research led masters programme which explores the role of community participation and small scale collective action in public health and the mechanisms whereby community development approaches have the potential to lead not only to improved health, but also to transformatory social action.

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Containing the EBOLA VIRUS

Dr Bankole Falade

Dr Falade

Initial efforts to contain the Ebola virus focused on communication about the epidemiology of the virus alone, disregarding the impact of the source, context, channel, audience, etc on its effectiveness.
There are plausibly several epidemiologies at the same time: the virus, conspiracy theories, trust, health systems, etc. Dr Falade, research fellow in Health and Community Development, in this article on the Ebola virus argues that addressing all concurrently will lead to faster containment of the disease (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2014/10/22/ebola-epidemic-when-science-is-not-enough/  ).


Publishing MSc Dissertations

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Community gardens: Relaxation or politics?

One of the key goals of the HCD Research Group is to facilitate the publication of exceptional student projects, and this past year has seen several successes. From the 2012-13 cohort, Miho Yotsui’s project on ‘Collective Action by Older People Following the Great Japan Earthquake’ is under review by the journal Ageing and Society, Xuan-Wei Lu’s paper on ‘Middle-aged men’s experience of mental distress in urban China’ is under review by the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology and Rachel Marcus is about to submit her paper on minority women’s access to maternal health services in South Florida. Several students from the 13/14 cohort are currently drafting publications. These include Choolwe Muzyamba, whose work involves a critique of the human rights approach to HIV/AIDS in Zambia, Maddie Guerlain who explores whether the London community gardens movement can be seen as an example of pre-figurative social change, and Ayla Lefkowitz’s exploration of how sexual health service providers perceive transgender youth.  

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