Fredrik Nyman

I am final-year PhD student in Anthropology at Durham University, United Kingdom. While originally born in Stockholm, Sweden, I have lived in the United Kingdom for the past years of my life. Prior to my doctoral studies, I completed my BA (2013) and MA (2015) degrees in Social Anthropology at Stockholm University, Sweden. Moreover, in 2020 I was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) by Durham University, which enabled me to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the United Kingdom. Currently I am also pursuing a second MA in Education (Higher Education) from Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom, as to further develop my skills in education studies and academic practice. I study this degree part-time and am expected to complete it in 2022.

The keywords that would best describe my research interests (and expertise) are: ethnography, community medicine, global/public health, chronic disease, and inequalities in healthcare and welfare. My PhD dissertation is on the topic of respiratory medicine and care in the United Kingdom, where I specifically look at self-care practices in support groups for elderly people with chronic respiratory disease. In light of recent neoliberal changes to healthcare in the United Kingdom (which come to alter the importance of support groups as a care alternative), I analyse the support groups as self-care technologies which can bridge subjective and collective experiences of health, illness, and disease. Previously I wrote my MA dissertation on HIV/AIDS policy and legislation in Sweden, which I looked from a historical perspective. More specifically, I looked at how these public health policies came to change the at-risk conditions for men who have sex with men. Critical public health perspectives have always been in the centre of my research practice—which shines through in my work on HIV/AIDS and respiratory disease.

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