Charlie Davison

Charlie Davison is a Medical Anthropologist and independent healthcare research and training consultant based in Colchester, Essex. He is a Fellow in the School of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Essex. Charlie has carried out research in the fields of complementary and non-western medical systems, CHD, dementia care, environmental and work-related health damage, patient experience and genetic screening. He has also acted as an anthropological consultant to several research and healthcare projects working in the area of diversity and the development of culturally appropriate health services. Currently much of his work involves the ‘modernisation’ of the English National Health Service (NHS) and the cultural changes needed to implement the headline policies of patient choice, culturally appropriate care and community involvement in decision-making.

At present Charlie is working on two research projects. The “PEBL” project is about using internet blogging to enhance public participation in local healthcare decision-making (it is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research). He is also working with the Max Planck Institute for the Study of religious and Ethnic Diversity on the development of an international project about the availability of culturally appropriate healthcare for the super-diverse communities of contemporary Europe. His research and training activities have taken him to Argentina, Nicaragua, and Spain, where he is Visiting Research Fellow at the Universidad de Jaén. (www.charliedavison.co.uk)

His publications include:

(1991) Lay epidemiology and the prevention paradox: the implications of coronary candidacy for health education. Sociology of Health and Illness, 13:1–19 (with G. Davey Smith and S. Frankel).

(1992) 'To hell with tomorrow': Coronary heart disease risk and the ethnography of fatalism.  In: Scott S, Williams G, Platt S, Thomas H (eds). Public Risks and Private Dangers.  Aldershot, Avebury 1992: 95-111 (with S. Frankel and G. Davey Smith).

(1995) Social research into cream - a ‘tool kit’ approach. British Food Journal. Vol. 97 (7) ISSN 0007-070X.

(1996) Predictive Genetics - what are the cultural implications of supplying possible futures? In T.M. Marteau and M.P.M. Richards (eds.) The Troubled Helix - benefits and hazards of the 'new genetics', Cambridge, C.U.P.

(2002) Mutanten, Klone und das Generationenspeil – Wie Viel Angst haben die Briten vor der Schönen Neuen Welt? In S.Weigel (Ed.) Genealogie und Genetik, Berlin, Academie Verlag. (English title: Mutants, Clones and the Generation Game – how afraid are the British of the ‘Brave New World?).