Visiting Research Fellow
Emma-Louise (Emmilie) Aveling is a Research Fellow funded by the Wellcome Trust. Emmilie trained in social, cultural and community psychology, ultimately earning a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge. After working in a number of non-governmental and social welfare organisations in the UK, Africa, Cambodia and Australia, she decided to enter academic research. Emmilie is currently based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she is a Visiting Scientist (2015-2017). She also has an appointment as Visiting Foreign Researcher at the National School of Public Health, Fiocruz, Brazil (2015-2016) and was a visiting fellow at the Australian National University until January 2015.
Emmilie has specialised in applied qualitative research in the fields of global health and healthcare quality and safety. Her research focuses on the processes shaping the implementation and outcomes of health interventions and services in low- and high-income countries, including the UK, USA, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Rwanda and Ethiopia. She is particularly interested in community-based and partnership approaches to delivering quality health services and interventions, and understanding the role of context in influencing practices and change efforts.
She recently led the Wellcome Trust funded study ‘Improving patient safety through international partnerships: An ethnographic study’, with co-investigators from the University of Cambridge (Mary Dixon-Woods), the University of Oxford (Michael Parker and Peter McCulloch), Gondar University, Ethiopia (Ansha Nega) and the Catholic University of Rwanda (Yvette Kayonga). This study examined how cultural and organisational contexts shape professionals’ behaviours and responses to quality and safety interventions in UK and African hospitals, and looked at the nature of international partnerships and their role in healthcare improvement.
Emmilie is currently a co-investigator on the International study ‘Speaking Out and Speaking Up’. This study aims to help hospital personnel understand what problems they and their staff might encounter when they raise concerns about patient safety and so help them to devise safe and effective ways of giving voice to those concerns.
Emmilie’s teaching interests focus on qualitative research methodologies.
Aveling, E.L., Zegeye, D. T., Silverman, M. (in press) Obstacles to implementation of an intervention to improve surgical services in an Ethiopian hospital: a qualitative study of an international health partnership project. BMC Health Services Research
Aveling, E.L., Parker M., & Dixon-Woods, M. What is the role of individual accountability in patient safety? A multi-site ethnographic study. Sociology of Health and Illness
Aveling, E.L., Dixon-Woods, M., McCulloch, P., Kayonga, Y., Nega, A.Optimising Surgical Safety Checklist implementation: Key lessons for practitioners and partners University of Leicester, Jan 2016, ISBN – 978-0-9933380-0-7
Aveling EL, Kayonga Y, Nega A, Dixon-Woods M. Why is patient safety so hard in low-income countries? A qualitative study of health workers’ views in two African countries. Globalization and Health
Aveling, E.L., Gillespie, A. & Cornish, F. A qualitative method for analysing multivoicedness. Qualitative Research
Martin, G.P., Armstrong, N., Aveling, E.L., Herbert, G., Dixon-Woods, M. Professionalism Redundant, Reshaped, or Reinvigorated? Realizing the “Third Logic” in Contemporary Health Care. Journal of Health and Social Behaviour
Brewster L, Aveling EL, Martin P, Tarrant C, Dixon-Woods M and the Safer Clinical Systems Core Group Writing and Evaluation Committee. What to expect when you’re evaluating healthcare improvement: a concordat approach to managing collaboration and uncomfortable realities. BMJ Quality and Safety
Aveling, E.L. & Jovchelovitch, S. (2014) Partnerships as knowledge encounters: A psychosocial theory of partnerships for health and community development. Journal of Health Psychology.
Aveling, E.L., McCulloch, P. & Dixon-Woods, M. (2013) A qualitative study comparing experiences of the surgical safety checklist in hospitals in high- and low-income countries. BMJ Open, 3:e003039.doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-003039
Aveling, E.L. & Martin, G. (2013) Realising the transformative potential of healthcare partnerships: insights from divergent literatures and contrasting cases in high- and low-income country contexts. Social Science and Medicine.
Aveling, E.L. (2012) Making sense of ‘gender’: From global HIV/AIDS strategy to the local Cambodian ground. Health & Place, 18:3, pp.461-467
Aveling, E.L., Martin, G., Jimenez, S. et al. (2012) Reciprocal peer review for quality improvement: An ethnographic case study of the Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project BMJ Quality & Safety¸ 21, pp.1034-1041
Aveling, E.L., Martin, G.P., Armstrong, N., Banerjee, J. & Dixon-Woods, M. (2012) Quality improvement through clinical communities: Eight lessons for practice. Journal of Health Organisation and Management, 26 (2), pp. 158-174
Dixon-Woods, M., Bosk, C.L., Aveling, E.L., Goeschel, C. & Pronovost, P.J. (2011) Explaining Michigan: Developing an ex post theory of a quality improvement program. Millbank Quarterly 89: 2, pp. 197-205
Martsin, M., Wagoner, B., Aveling, E.L., Whittaker, L. & Kandianaki, I. (Eds.) (2011) Dialogicality in focus: Challenges to theory, method and application. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Aveling, E.L. (2011) Mediating between international knowledge and local knowledge: The critical role of local field officers in an HIV prevention intervention. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (2), pp. 95-110 (Selected as ‘Editor’s choice’ Mar-June 2011)
Aveling, E.L., Cornish, F. & Oldmeadow, J.A. (2010) Diversity in sex workers’ strategies for the protection of social identity: Content, context and contradiction. In B. Wagoner (Ed.) Symbolic transformations: The mind in movement through culture and society, pp. 302-322 London: Routledge
Aveling, E.L. (2010) The impact of aid chains: Relations of dependence or supportive partnerships for community-led responses to HIV/AIDS? AIDS Care, 22 (S2), pp. 1588-1597
Zittoun, T., Aveling, E.L., Gillespie, A. & Cornish, F. (2010) People in transitions in worlds in transition: Ambivalence in the transition to womanhood during World War II. In A.C. Bastos, K. Uriko & J. Valsiner (Eds.) Cultural dynamics of Women’s lives: Personal Cultures at critical transitions of the life course Charlotte, NC: IAP
Aveling, E.L.. & Gillespie, A. (2008) Negotiating Multiplicity: Adaptive asymmetries in second generation Turks’ ‘society of mind’ Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 21(3), pp. 200-222
Gillespie, A., Cornish F, ., Aveling, E.L.. & Zittoun, T. (2008). Conflicting community commitments: A dialogical analysis of a British woman’s World War II diaries. Journal of Community Psychology, 36 (1), pp. 35-52
Zittoun, T., Cornish, F., Gillespie, A. & Aveling, E.L. (2008). Using social knowledge: A case study of a diarist’s meaning-making during World War II. In T. Sugiman, K. Gergen & W. Wagner (Eds.) Meaning in action: Construction, narrative and representation, pp. 163-179 New York: Springer Verlag
Maras, P. & Aveling, E.L.. (2006) Students with special educational needs: Transitions from primary to secondary school. British Journal of Special Education, 33 (4), pp.196-203