HART PhD student, Joanna Blackwell, recently presented her sociological doctoral research at the international PGR Connect Seminar Series, organised by Dr Trish Jackman of Lincoln Sport & Exercise Psychology Group. She is a dual PhD student with the University of Lincoln and University of Copenhagen, supervised by Dr Hannah Henderson, Dr Adam Evans and Prof Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson.
Jo presented a summary of three areas of interest emergent from her ethnographic study of the socio-cultural influences on uptake and adherence in cardiac rehabilitation in the UK, which draws on the theoretical framework of Bourdieu. The presentation highlighted preliminary findings around mental health, military backgrounds, and relationships with health professionals, and shared insight from the participant observations and interviews that have taken place so far. The research generated much interest and was followed by thought-provoking questions via the online format. Jo is also a co-author of the Copenhagen Consensus Statement on Physical Activity and Ageing.