Dr Jasmin Gideon, from the University of London, is currently doing some research with the Chilean community around questions of health and well-being. She has been conducting interviews with members of the community in and around London but is very keen to see  members of our community in Sheffield/Rotherham and talk about  their views and experience on the above. Dr Gideon will be visiting Sheffield by the end of June and beginning of July.

If you like to participate in this important initiative but would like further information, please, feel free to contact her via email [email protected] . For more information about Dr Gideon’s academic work, please, visit  Birkbeck website
You are also welcome to contact Pedro via mobile or email for an informal chat about the above or about the interview arragements.

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Dr. Jasmine Gideon,
Birkbeck, University of London

I am an academic based at Birkbeck, University of London where I teach Development Studies. I am a social scientist and have spent a number of years researching the Chilean health sector and looking at issues around gender, poverty and health in Chile and Latin America. I have also worked with Latin American migrants in the UK to understand how they access health care while living in Britain and the importance of returning back to Latin America to seek health care there. Building on my research background and having talked to Chilean exiles I would now like to use my academic knowledge to work with the exile community to understand how experiences of exile shape health in later life.

This research project plans to investigate how far long term exiles are able to confront the challenges of later life and identify potential constraints and difficulties they encounter. Other research has highlighted the benefits of using life histories and life stories to explore issues of health and well being, particularly in relation to migrants’ health and I therefore intend to use this method. I hope to understand how people’s life experiences shape their present day health and well being. I am interested in identifying the importance of a range of factors such as class, gender, social networks, political activism, work, education, links with ‘home’/ Chile not only shapes but is also shaped by the experience of exile and how this in turn contributes to health and well-being.

I also see this project as an important opportunity to develop an archive which will capture people’s stories of exile from Chile. During the course of the project I will be working with participants to develop ideas on how this archive can be used in the future. All participants will have the option of remaining anonymous and may request that any identifying features are removed from any interview recordings that will be placed in the public domain.