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Dr Lee Thompson

Lee ThompsonSenior Lecturer
Postgraduate Course Director

BA(Hons) (Canterbury), MA (Dist) Canterbury, PhD (Canterbury), PGCertHighE

Email lee.thompson@otago.ac.nz

Tel +64 3 364 3644

Department of Population Health
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch 8140

Background

Coming from a background as a Registered Nurse and a PhD in Human Geography, Dr Lee Thompson is a social scientist with a core interest in health related research. Her research interests lie in two main areas; firstly, professional identity construction and contestation, with particular reference to health professionals. Within this research strand she has explored professional identity construction and remote area nursing; the professional identity negotiations that public health physicians engage in as they make the transition from clinical to non-clinical work. Lee's most recent project investigates the ways in which community pharmacists manage external drivers to modify their professional roles.

The second research area involves critical approaches to population health governance especially in relation to health promotion activities. Lee has a particular interest in the unintended consequences of health promotion initiatives, chiefly those that may widen health inequalities within populations.

Lee has specific expertise in qualitative research methods and the use of social theory. She has attracted research funding from the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation, University of Otago, Lotteries Health and has worked on a large Health Research Council funded project.

Teaching

Lee teaches postgraduate Diploma of Public Health papers, contributes to undergraduate medical student teaching and supervises dissertation and Masters and PhD Theses.

Research Interests

Lee has a broad range of research interests that extend beyond professional identity and critical approaches to health promotion and is willing to discuss a range of potential student research topics, but she particularly welcomes inquiries from students interested in the following areas:

  • Professional identity, particularly of health professionals
  • Critical approaches to public health and health promotion
  • Social and spatial aspects of health inequities
  • Critical social and spatial theory
  • Tobacco control
  • HIV
  • Chronic Pain

Professional Activities

  • Member of Scientific Assessing Committee of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation (2011-)
  • Member of Health Research Council Scientific Assessing Committee (2012- 2015)
  • Organiser of Qualitative Theory and Method discussion group (2012 - 2014)
  • Public Health Association, Canterbury & West Coast Branch committee member (2010- 2014)
  • Public Health Association, Canterbury & West Coast Branch Conference Organising Committee (2010-2011)

Projects

Student Supervision

Student: Michelle Cole
Degree: MPH (in progress)
Topic: How do Canterbury primary school principals perceive wellbeing in the context of their school environment?
Co-supervisor: Dave Carlyle

Student: Mary-Anne Stone
Degree: MPH (in progress)
Topic: Clients, natural caregivers and formal care providers: Understanding relationships.
Advisor: Christina McKerchar

Student: Nabura Ioteba
Degree: MPH (in progress)
Topic: Leprosy in Kiribati.
Co-supervisor: Steve Chambers

Student:Kath Goodyear
Degree: MPH (in progress)
Topic: Experiencing Menopause
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student:Lev Zhuravsky
Degree: PhD (in progress)
Topic: Creating Resilience in Health Care Organizations. Role of Shared Leadership in Realigning a Gap between Work as Imagined and Work as Done.
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student:Chidimma Aham-Chiabuotu
Degree: PhD (in progress)
Topic: Exploring Alternative Resources for Raising Awareness, Prevention and Reporting of Sexual violence against Internally Displaced Women of Reproductive Age in North Eastern Nigeria.
Co Supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student:Toyin Kolawole
Degree: PhD (in progress)
Topic: African migrants & HIV
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student:Susan Bidwell
Degree: PhD (in progress)
Topic:An exploration of people’s use of dietary supplements and herbal medicines
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

2012

Student: Gerida Birukila
Degree: PhD
Topic: Culture, Risk and HIV: The Case of Black African Migrants and Refugees in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Co-supervisors: Cheryl Brunton and Nigel Dickson

2016

Student: Judith Clarke
Degree: MPH
Topic: Velcro babies: A Qualitative Study Exploring Maternal Motivations in the Night-time Care of Infants
Co-supervisor: Jen Desrosiers

Student: Donna Southorn
Degree: MPH
Topic: “I’m Just a Young Mother” Teenage Mothers’ Perspectives on Early Parenthood
Co-supervisor: Christina McKerchar

2015

Student: Claire Greensmith
Degree: MHealSc
Topic: Still a couple? A case study of sexuality and intimacy concerns in Residential Care Facilities from the residents’ and care staff perspective
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student: Margaret Kyle
Degree: MPH
Topic: An exploration of the Experience of Rural Lead Maternity Care Midwives in Canterbury

Student: Warren Nairn
Degree: MPH
Topic: The Impact of Homeless men's use of City Spaces on their Wellbeing
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student: Rosee Neville
Degree: MPH
Topic: Who You Know and How You Are Known: Children's Perception of Neighbourhood.
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

2012

Student: Susan Bidwell,
Degree:MPH
Topic: Talking about 1080: risk, trust and protecting our place.
Co-supervisor: Cheryl Brunton

Student: Naomi Gough
Degree: MPH
Topic: The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: what are the opportunities for Tino Rangatiratanga and Maori health in the indigenous right to self-determination?
Co-supervisor: Tania Huria

Student: Arif Mohamed
Degree: MPH
Topic: Religion, culture and mental health in Somali refugees in Christchurch, New Zealand.

2011

Student: Melissa Ludeke
Degree:MPH
Topic: I believe once I'm happy with myself I won't need to smoke: Women's views on smoking, tobacco control and cessation.
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student: Jo Powel
Degree: MHealSc
Topic: “It’s a different feeling of satisfaction dealing with old people”; perceptions of paid caregivers working in aged residential care.
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

2010

Student: Cheryl Ford
Degree:MPH
Topic: Practitioners' perspectives of the barriers to health promotion evaluation.
Co-supervisor: Gillian Abel

Student: Sarah Kowalczewski
Degree: MPH
Topic: The importance of culturally appropriate health promotion.
Co-supervisor: Cheryl Brunton

2016-2017

Madeline Weston
Topic:Burwood Assessment, Screening and Evaluation for Chronic Pain: An evaluation
Supervisors: Lee Thompson, John Alchin, Bronny Trewin, Jonathan Williman

2011-2012

Neela Bhana
Topic: Managing patient expectations about chronic pain.
Supervisors: Lee Thompson, John Alchin, Bronwyn Thompson


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Publications

Abel, G., & Thompson, L. (2017). "I don't want to look like an AIDS victim": A New Zealand case study of facial lipoatrophy. Health & Social Care in the Community. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12459

Thompson, L., & Coveney, J. (2017). Human vulnerabilities, transgression and pleasure. Critical Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1309356

Ergler, C. R., Lovell, S., Watkins, A., Milligan, C., Thompson, L., Exeter, D. J., & Kearns, R. (2017). Looking back and moving forward: Health geography in Aotearoa and beyond. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12169

Barnett, R., Moon, G., Pearce, J., Thompson, L., & Twigg, L. (2016). Smoking geographies: Space, place and tobacco. Wiley-Blackwell.

Thompson, L., & Abel, G. (2016). The work of negotiating HIV as a chronic condition: A qualitative analysis. AIDS Care, 28(12), 1571-1576. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1191615

Authored Book - Research

Barnett, R., Moon, G., Pearce, J., Thompson, L., & Twigg, L. (2016). Smoking geographies: Space, place and tobacco. Wiley-Blackwell.

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Journal - Research Article

Abel, G., & Thompson, L. (2017). "I don't want to look like an AIDS victim": A New Zealand case study of facial lipoatrophy. Health & Social Care in the Community. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12459

Ergler, C. R., Lovell, S., Watkins, A., Milligan, C., Thompson, L., Exeter, D. J., & Kearns, R. (2017). Looking back and moving forward: Health geography in Aotearoa and beyond. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12169

Thompson, L., & Coveney, J. (2017). Human vulnerabilities, transgression and pleasure. Critical Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1309356

Thompson, L., & Abel, G. (2016). The work of negotiating HIV as a chronic condition: A qualitative analysis. AIDS Care, 28(12), 1571-1576. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1191615

Bidwell, S., & Thompson, L. (2015). GPs, community pharmacists and shifting professional boundaries. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1414). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Thompson, L., & Bidwell, S. (2015). Space, time, and emotion in the community pharmacy. Health & Place, 34, 251-256. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.06.003

Thompson, L. (2015). Leaving the stethoscope behind: Public health doctors and identity work. Critical Public Health, 25(1), 89-100. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2014.894241

Bhana, N., Thompson, L., Alchin, J., & Thompson, B. (2015). Patient expectations for chronic pain management. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(2), 130-136.

Bidwell, S., & Thompson, L. (2015). Place invaders: Identity, place attachment and possum control in the South Island West Coast of New Zealand. New Zealand Geographer, 71(2), 81-90. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12083

Thompson, L., Reeder, T., & Abel, G. (2012). 'I can't get my husband to go and have a colonoscopy': Gender and screening for colorectal cancer. Health, 16(3), 235-249. doi: 10.1177/1363459311403948

Pykett, J., Jones, R., Whitehead, M., Huxley, M., Strauss, K., Gill, N., … Thompson, L., & Newman, J. (2011). Interventions in the political geography of 'libertarian paternalism'. Political Geography, 30(6), 301-310. doi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2011.05.003

Thompson, L., & Kumar, A. (2011). Responses to health promotion campaigns: Resistance, denial and othering. Critical Public Health, 21(1), 105-117. doi: 10.1080/09581591003797129

Abel, G. M., & Thompson, L. E. (2011). General practitioners, specialists and surveillance guidelines: Interpreting the socio-clinical context of decision-making. Health, Risk & Society, 13(6), 547-559. doi: 10.1080/13698575.2011.615826

Abel, G. M., & Thompson, L. (2011). What do specialists and GPs think about the introduction of colorectal cancer screening? A qualitative study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1338). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1338/4756/content.pdf

Cupples, J., & Thompson, L. (2010). Heterotextuality and digital foreplay: Cell phones and the culture of teenage romance. Feminist Media Studies, 10(1), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/14680770903457063

Thompson, L., Pearce, J., & Barnett, R. (2009). Nomadic identities and socio-spatial competence: Making sense of post-smoking selves. Social & Cultural Geography, 10(5), 565-581. doi: 10.1080/14649360902974431

Thompson, L. E., Barnett, J. R., & Pearce, J. R. (2009). Scared straight? Fear-appeal anti-smoking campaigns, risk, self-efficacy and addiction. Health, Risk & Society, 11(2), 181-196. doi: 10.1080/13698570902784281

Thompson, L., & Cupples, J. (2008). Seen and not heard? Text messaging and digital sociality. Social & Cultural Geography, 9(1), 95-108. doi: 10.1080/14649360701789634

Thompson, L., & Clay, T. (2008). Critical literacy and the geography classroom: Including gender and feminist perspectives. New Zealand Geographer, 64, 228-233. doi: 10.111/j.1745-7939.2008.00148.x

Thompson, L. (2008). The role of nursing in governmentality, biopower and population health: Family health nursing. Health & Place, 14, 76-84. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2007.05.001

Thompson, L., Pearce, J., & Barnett, J. R. (2007). Moralising geographies: Stigma, smoking islands and responsible subjects. Area, 39(4), 508-517. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2007.00768.x

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Journal - Research Other

Thompson, L. (2012). [Review of the book Deathscapes: Spaces for death, dying, mourning and remembrance]. Emotion, Space & Society, 5(2), 139. doi: 10.1016/j.emospa.2012.04.001

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Thompson, L. (2010). Public health physicians: Prestige, specialisation and non-clinical medical work. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA): Social Causes, Private Lives. (pp. 100). Retrieved from http://www.soc.mq.edu.au/tasa-conference/draft%20program/index.php

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Thompson, L. E. (2016, February). Nicotine and the complexity of spatial purification. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Geographical Interactions, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Kearns, R., Milligan, C., Exeter, D., & Thompson, L. (2016, February). New Zealand health geography: Achievements and challenges. Panel discussion at the New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Geographical Interactions, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Thompson, L. (2016, October). Pleasures and public health. Verbal presentation at the ASPIRE Workshop, Wellington, New Zealand.

Thompson, L. (2015, May). Electronic cigarettes, vapers and population health: Symbolic objects and willfil subjects. Verbal presentation at the Eleventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Thompson, L. (2013, February). Tobacco control, social theory and public health research. Verbal presentation at the Christchurch Medical School 40th Anniversary Celebrations, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bolger, C., Thompson, L., & Parkyn, W. (2013, February). Community Contact Weeks: Otago, Christchurch, Wellington & Auckland. Verbal presentation at the Undergraduate Rural Programme Summit, Whangarei, New Zealand.

Thompson, L. (2012, August). Leaving the stethoscope behind: Public health physicians and the spectre of the 'real' doctor. Verbal presentation at the 2nd International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Social Justice & Democratization, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Thompson, L. (2008, July). Gender, abjection and decay. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Geographical Society 24th Conference, Wellington, New Zealand.

Thompson, L. (2006, July). Seen and not heard? Text messaging and digital sociality. Verbal presentation at the International Geographical Union (IGU) Conference and Joint Meeting of the Institute of Australian Geographers and the New Zealand Geographical Society, Brisbane, Australia.

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Other Research Output

Reeder, A.I., Thompson, L., & Abel, G. (2010, May). FOBT as CRC screening tool: Perceived barriers & facilitators: A NZ qualitative study. Ministry of Health Bowel Cancer, Cancer Sector Capability & Innovation Directorate Meeting, Wellington, New Zealand. [Invited Seminar].

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Thompson, L. E. (2006). Profession and place: Contesting professional boundaries at the margins (PhD). University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. 345p.

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