GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
My PhD project investigates ethnicity and disability in the Danish Welfare State. In my master’s research, I looked at the social obstacles, coping strategies, paradigms of support, subjective dilemmas and issues of belonging at play in relation to Danish health and support services in the lives of ethnic minorities with severe mental illness. This project will continue in the same vein in its approach and aim, only now with a focus on of ethnic minority families with disabled members and an emphasis on subsequent insights into how to improve the efficacy of governmental health and social services in this arena. My work seeks to understand points of disagreement between the welfare state and these individuals and families, and the factors at play therein in order to attempt to improve the relationship from both sides. The dynamics within these families and their relationship with and understanding of the Danish welfare state will be of key concern.
The project is funded by a grant from the Danish Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs and is supervised by Steffen Jöhncke and Susan Reynolds Whyte at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Copenhagen.
Thomas Hughes is a visiting Anthropology PhD student in the final year of his PhD program at the University of Copenhagen. He also holds a masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. His focus is Medical Anthropology and he has a strong interest in humanitarian work. Throughout his career he has been involved in various health and healthcare improvement projects- both academic and non-academic- in the United States, Peru, and Denmark.
Thomas is also the Chairman of the Danish Association of Anthropologists.
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