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Associate Professor Lee Thompson

PositionAssociate Professor
DepartmentDepartment of Population Health (UOC)
QualificationsBA(Hons) MA PhD
Research summaryPublic health and policy

Research

A/P Lee Thompson is a social scientist with a strong track record 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 a broad range of research interests that extend beyond professional identity and critical approaches to health promotion, including:

  • 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

Publications

Thompson, L., & Coveney, J. (2018). Human vulnerabilities, transgression and pleasure. Critical Public Health, 28(1), 118-128. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1309356

Moon, G., Barnett, R., Pearce, J., Thompson, L., & Twigg, L. (2018). The tobacco endgame: The neglected role of place and environment. Health & Place. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.06.012

Green, J. K., Gardiner, S. J., Clarke, S. L., Thompson, L., Metcalf, S. C. L., & Chambers, S. T. (2018). Antimicrobial stewardship practice in New Zealand's rural hospitals. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1481), 16-26. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Abel, G., & Thompson, L. (2018). "I don't want to look like an AIDS victim": A New Zealand case study of facial lipoatrophy. Health & Social Care in the Community, 26(1), 41-47. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12459

Calder, K., Begg, A., Thompson, L., Williams, D., Bidwell, S., & Brosnahan, N. (2017). Education setting-based health promotion in New Zealand: evaluating the wellbeing and vitality in education (WAVE) programme. Health Promotion International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax076

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

Thompson, L., & Coveney, J. (2018). Human vulnerabilities, transgression and pleasure. Critical Public Health, 28(1), 118-128. doi: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1309356

Abel, G., & Thompson, L. (2018). "I don't want to look like an AIDS victim": A New Zealand case study of facial lipoatrophy. Health & Social Care in the Community, 26(1), 41-47. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12459

Green, J. K., Gardiner, S. J., Clarke, S. L., Thompson, L., Metcalf, S. C. L., & Chambers, S. T. (2018). Antimicrobial stewardship practice in New Zealand's rural hospitals. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1481), 16-26. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Moon, G., Barnett, R., Pearce, J., Thompson, L., & Twigg, L. (2018). The tobacco endgame: The neglected role of place and environment. Health & Place. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.06.012

Calder, K., Begg, A., Thompson, L., Williams, D., Bidwell, S., & Brosnahan, N. (2017). Education setting-based health promotion in New Zealand: evaluating the wellbeing and vitality in education (WAVE) programme. Health Promotion International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax076

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, 73(3), 205-217. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12169

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

Bhana, N., Thompson, L., Alchin, J., & Thompson, B. (2015). Patient expectations for chronic pain management. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(2), 130-136. doi: 10.1071/HC15130

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

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

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

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

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. 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., 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., & 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., & 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., 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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