About the cluster
The SHAPE (Society, Health and Political Economy) research cluster brings together researchers with interests in interdisciplinary approaches to issues relating to health, food and wellbeing, from a wide range of disciplines, including Applied Social Studies, Epidemiology and Public Health, General Practice, Geography, Medicine, Occupational Sciences and Occupational Therapies.
Aims and Objectives:
- To support and promote critical, social scientific and cross-disciplinary health research within UCC.
- To combine research interests and collaborate in research projects, seminars, publications and funding calls.
- To combine different research methodologies and expand Irish health research in innovative directions.
- To highlight the social, economic, philosophical and political dimensions of health and healthcare.
- To impact on Irish health policy by conducting policy relevant health research.
The SHAPE cluster organises regular events at which members and invited speakers can present their research. Recent highlights include:
Evidence Amalgamation Workshop, May 2019
On 10 May 2019 the SHAPE research cluster hosted a full-day workshop on evidence amalgamation, with Irish and international presenters including Louise Caffrey (Trinity College, Dublin); Hannah Jongsma (University College London); Ben Baumberg Geiger (University of Kent); and Jacob Stegenga (University of Cambridge). Further details available here
Past, Present and Future of Patient Payment in the Irish Healthcare System, March 2019
This half-day workshop examined the role of different funding mechanisms for healthcare, with a view to informing policy-makers on a more equitable way forward. It provided multidisciplinary insights into the issue of paying for health in Ireland, drawing on a number of perspectives including economics, history, social policy and public health, while also drawing on international comparisons. Participants from Ireland, the UK and Spain presented eight papers on a range of topics including the history of universal health care; the costs of healthcare in contemporary Europe; paying for health in Ireland (historical and economic perspectives); and access to healthcare, private health insurance and inequity. Further details available here: paying for health care
The cluster hosts internal seminar series at which cluster members present their work. A list of presentations from 2019 is available at: SHAPE Seminar Series
Current projects linked to the SHAPE cluster:
Leaving No One Behind: Developing an All-Ireland Integrated Health and Social Care Service for All in a Post-Brexit Era (2019-2020). Funded by the CACSSS Interdisciplinary Research Fund.
School Food Policy in Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges (2019-2020). School Food Policy in Ireland: opportunities and challenges (2019-2020). Funded by the CACSSS Interdisciplinary Research Fund.
Physical, Emotional, Active, Cognitive, Health Project (PEACH)(2018-December 2020) Further details available at the following link: PEACH