Evidence-making interventions in health: Ways to think with care

When:9 May 2018, 4pm - 5pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington Campus
Who:Professor Tim Rhodes, Dr Kari Lancaster, Jake Rance, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney
Professor Tim Rhodes, Dr Kari Lancaster, Jake Rance

This seminar outlines an ‘evidence-making intervention’ approach to health interventions research, linked to a new programme of research at the Centre for Social Research in Health. This work has a twin emphasis: translations and knowing. A focus on translations asks how health care technologies are made to work through their implementations in practice. A focus on knowing asks how evidence is made through implementation science and interventions research. Whereas ‘evidence-based intervention’ approaches tend to imagine stable interventions, with universal effect potential, in an evidence-making intervention approach, interventions are never fixed or stable but multiple, contingent and local. Rather than evidencing interventions as responses to given policy problems, the approach asks how evidence, intervention and problems come to be. Our focus then, is intervention objects and effects as things in-the-making through their materialisations. We use this seminar to think-with the idea of evidence-making intervention. There are multiple ideas here, including: performativity, assemblage, multiplicity, care. We also touch upon ideas for empirical case study: the becoming of methadone treatment, the making of hepatitis C treatment promise, the use of wastewater as a device of knowing drug problems. Following Puig de la Bellacasa, we see this work to potentiate a thinking-with care; a means at once of knowing care and health intervention as a matter of concern, and as a means to generating careful and caring interventions.

Tim Rhodes holds joint appointments as a UNSW SHARP Professor of Sociology of Health at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW, and as Professor of Public Health Sociology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is engaged in qualitative research to explore narratives of care in relation to HIV, hepatitis C and harm reduction, especially among people who inject drugs, with current projects in Kenya, Senegal and the UK. He is Editor of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Kari Lancaster  is a Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW. Kari’s research uses critical policy studies approaches (including those informed by poststructural theory and science and technology studies) to contribute to contemporary discussions about emerging issues of policy significance in the fields of drugs and viral hepatitis. Kari’s research has examined how drug policy problems and policy knowledges are constituted, and ‘evidence-making’ practices in health and social policy.

Jake Rance is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW. Before joining the Centre he spent a number of years working in harm reduction services in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Jake has a longstanding interest in the politics of injecting drug use and the potential of qualitative research to challenge the stigmatised identities and discredited knowledges widely associated with people who inject drugs and/or are living with hepatitis C.