Who cares? Multidisciplinary perspectives on social support and maternal-child health – webinar
DATE: Tuesday 15 June 2021
TIME: 16:00 – 18:00 (time zone is UK)
A special LSHTM Evolutionary Demography Seminar on ‘Multidisciplinary perspectives on social support and maternal-child health’ to accompany the release of a special issue of The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences has been jointly organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and UCL.
It has long been acknowledged that women with children require social support to promote their health and wellbeing, as well as that of their children. However, the current conceptualisation of support has been heavily influenced by Western family norms. The consequence, at best, has been to stifle our understanding of the nature and consequences of support for mothers and children. At worst, it has led to systematic discrimination negatively impacting maternal-child health. To fully engage with the complexities of social support, we must take a multi/interdisciplinary approach spanning diverse cultural and geographical perspectives.
This webinar and the special issue marks an attempt by like-minded researchers from diverse disciplines to build a holistic understanding of social support and its consequences for mothers and their children, from which more nuanced future work will hopefully stem.
- Abigail Page, LSHTM
- Gracia Fellmeth, University of Oxford
- Sarah Myers, UCL & Max Planck Institute
- Yan-Shing Chang, King’s College London
- Mary Shenk, Pennsylvania State University
- Masahito Morita, University of Tokyo
- Ryan Schacht, East Carolina University
- Kirsty Budds, Leeds Beckett
- Jenny McLeish, University of Oxford
- Lee Gettler, University of Notre Dame
- Rebecca Sear, LSHTM
- Marina Daniele, King’s College London