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Professor of Medical Anthropology and Social Sciences, University of Kent

Professor Lisa Dikomitis is a Belgian-Cypriot anthropologist working in health service research, medical education and global health research. Professor Dikomitis successfully balances research, teaching, postgraduate supervision, public engagement, outreach activities and senior leadership responsibilities. With external funding exceeding £13M, 60+ publications, international keynotes, prestigious editorial roles and several highly visible roles at the UK’s main medical and sociology research funding bodies, Professor Dikomitis is internationally recognised as a leading social scientist in medicine.

Training and academic appointments: Dikomitis holds UG and PG degrees in Anthropology and Sociology, Education and Art History, all from universities in Belgium. She gained her PhD in March 2010 from Ghent University (Belgium). This was an anthropological study of refugees, based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Cyprus.

Academic appointments: Professor Dikomitis worked 4 years as a postdoctoral researcher in Belgium and the UK, before taking up her first permanent position as Lecturer at the University of Hull in March 2014, as Senior Lecturer in July 2016 at Keele's School of Medicine, where she was promoted to full Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Health in January 2020. She joined the Kent and Medway Medical School, at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, in January 2022.

Research: Since 2014, Professor Dikomitis was awarded over £13 million in external research income from UK funding bodies, of which £5 million as lead investigator. She is currently directing UK-funded programmes of global health research in Brazil, Ethiopia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Her publication portfolio includes a monograph, edited volumes and >60 single-authored and co-authored articles and book chapters. Professor Dikomitis has supervised 4 doctoral and over 40 master students to completion, she currently supervises 8 PhD students and is mentor to 11 early and mid-career researchers. Dikomitis is well-known for her public engagement with research.

Experience

  • 2022–present
    Professor of Medical Anthropology and Social Sciences, Kent and Medway Medical School, University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University
  • 2020–2021
    Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Health, Keele University

Education

  • 2015 
    University of Hull, UK, PGCert Academic Practice
  • 2010 
    Ghent University, Belgium, PhD Comparative Sciences of Cultures
  • 2003 
    Ghent University, Belgium, MA Comparative Sciences of Cultures
  • 2001 
    University of Leuven, Belgium, BA Art History and Archaeology
  • 2000 
    Catholic College Leuven, Belgium, BA Education