The political economy of diabetes: What studying social structures can reveal about the growing problem of diabetes and its associated complications

Date(s) - 28/03/2017
8:00 am - 9:30 am

Speaker: Dr Shane O’Donnell*, Applied Research Centre for Connected Health, University College Dublin

Date and time: Tuesday 28th March, 0800-0930

Venue: Alexander Anderson Boardroom, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway

*Dr Shane O’Donnell is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Applied Research Centre for Connected Health, University College Dublin. His research interests include the social determinants of health; chronic disease; connected health; health economics and the philosophy of social research.  More specifically, his work attempts to challenge contemporary individualistic explanations for disease causation that characterise diabetes as self-inflicted and the result of poor lifestyle choices by highlighting the role that social and living conditions play in both the onset and management of the condition.  His work has been published in the Sociology of Health and Illness, one of the highest ranking journals in the field of sociology.  Shane has also been living with type 1 diabetes for nearly 15 years and is a member of the International Federation Young Leaders in Diabetes Programme, an initiative that gives young people with diabetes all over the world the leadership skills necessary to effect positive change within their communities.