‘Interdisciplinary exchanges are required for novel methodologies and interventions to tackle health equity issues among marginalised occupational groups. By merging critical health theories and traditional health science scholarship, both researchers and participants can re-imagine health as an object, health as a methodological concept, and health as a field of action.’
Jessica Yu is a PhD student at the Global Health Research Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute of Global Issues. Her co-supervisors are Dr. Annalee Yassi (UBC) and Dr. Samuel Spiegel (University of Edinburgh).
Her initial work analysed the disaster management strategies among the urban poor living in informal settlements in India. Funded by the Mitacs Globalink Scholarship, she lived and conducted field work in Ahmedabad between April-June 2014.
Her PhD project entitled, Pathways to Health Equity for South African Mining Communities, will be tied with the work of the Department of Health in South Africa to revitalise ‘distressed mining communities’. She will analyse the specific pathways – including macro and micro social and economic processes – to promote health equity for migrant mineworkers in South Africa. Moreover, she hopes to explore the thematic areas of ‘informality’, ‘migration’ and ‘security’ that shape health equity.