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Dr Melania Calestani

Lecturer

About

I am an anthropologist with postdoctoral experience in health services research and social sciences. My main teaching and research interests are in qualitative/ethnographic research methods and medical anthropology. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I teach on the MRes in Clinical Research at St George's (University of London) and on undergraduate/postgraduate degrees in Midwifery. I am module leader for Applied Research (Mres Clin Research) and Principles of Research (2nd year Midwifery). I am also deputy-lead for the HEE (Health Education England) research internship and the NIHR pre-doctoral bridging programmes. 

I mainly carried out fieldwork in Andean Bolivia and in the UK. In Bolivia, I looked at ethnomedical beliefs and access to different forms of health care according to religious affiliation/ethnicity. In the UK, I carried out ethnographic research on processes of decision-making in the NHS, both from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals.

Areas of specialism

  • qualitative research methods
  • ethnography
  • critical ethnography
  • medical anthropology
  • critical medical anthropology
  • decision making processes

Qualifications

  • PgCert, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University
  • PhD, Anthropology, Goldsmiths (University of London)
  • MRes, Anthropology, Goldsmiths (University of London)
  • MSc, Anthropology and Ecology of Development, UCL (University of London)
  • MSc, Geography, University of Genoa (Italy)

Professional membership

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy

Research

My work in Bolivia for my PhD (2009) in anthropology has focused on individual and collective definitions of 'the good life', exploring religious and medical pluralism among Aymara people. In the UK, I carried out research on processes of decision-making and patient-centred care in the NHS. My work has focused on the organisation/delivery of emergency/urgent care services, spiritual care, district nursing, US physician associates in the UK, primary care and kidney transplant listing. Other interests include: chronicity and care; end of life care; the accommodation of religious and non-religious beliefs in healthcare settings; the impact that spiritual care can have on patient healing experiences as well as on their definitions of well-being/happiness.

Recent Research Grants

2019 - 2020 Using an experience-based co-design (EBCD) approach to inform student-driven changes to teaching and learning within the MRes in Clinical Research programme (IMBE Educational and Development Research Grant, PI, Collaborators: Dr Kirstie Coxon and Dr Mary Halter)

Publications

Number of items: 30.

Article

Jax, Kurt, Calestani, Melania, Chan, Kai M.A., Eser, Uta, Keune, Hans, Muraca, Barbara, O'Brien, Liz, Potthast, Thomas, Voget-Kleschin, Lieske and Wittmer, Heidi (2018) Caring for nature matters : a relational approach for understanding nature's contributions to human well-being. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 35, pp. 22-29. ISSN (print) 1877-3435

Calestani, Melania [Reviewer] (2018) Book Review of : 'The quest for the good life in precarious times : ethnographic perspectives in the domestic moral economy' edited by Chris Gregory and Jon Altman. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, ISSN (print) 1444-2213 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Drennan, Vari, Ross, Fiona, Calestani, Melania, Saunders, Mary and West, Peter (2018) Learning from an early pilot of the Dutch Buurtzorg model of district nursing in England. Primary Health Care, 28(6), pp. 23-25. ISSN (print) 0264-5033

Drennan, Vari M, Calestani, Melania, Ross, Fiona, Saunders, Mary and West, Peter (2018) Tackling the workforce crisis in district nursing : can the Dutch Buurtzorg model offer a solution and a better patient experience? A mixed methods case study. BMJ Open, 8(6), e021931. ISSN (online) 2044-6055

Pruthi, Rishi, Tonkin-Crine, Sarah, Calestani, Melania, Leydon, Geraldine, Eyles, Caroline, Oniscu, Gabriel C., Tomson, Charles, Bradley, Andrew, Forsythe, John L., Bradley, Clare, Cairns, John, Dudley, Christopher, Watson, Christopher, Draper, Heather, Johnson, Rachel, Metcalfe, Wendy, Fogarty, Damian, Ravanan, Rommel and Roderick, Paul J. (2018) Variation in practice patterns for listing patients for renal transplantation in the United Kingdom : a national survey. Transplantation, 102(6), pp. 961-968. ISSN (print) 0041-1337

Tonkin-Crine, Sarah, Pruthi, Rishi, Taylor, Dominic M., Leydon, Geraldine M., Calestani, Melania, Oniscu, Gabriel C., Bradley, J. Andrew, Tomson, Charles R., Bradley, Claire, Dudley, Christopher, Watson, Christopher J.E., Draper, Heather, Johnson, Rachel J., Metcalfe, Wendy, Fogarty, Damian G., Ravanan, Rommel and Roderick, Paul (2018) Assessing consensus between UK renal clinicians on listing for kidney transplantation : a modified Delphi Study. Transplantation Direct, 4(5), e343. ISSN (online) 2373-8731

Calestani, Melania [Reviewer] (2017) Book Review of: 'Gender, globalisation, and health in a Latin America context' by Jasmine Gideon. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 36(2), pp. 266-267. ISSN (print) 0261-3050

Gregson, Nicky, Crang, Mike, Botticello, Julie, Calestani, Melania and Krzywoszynska, Anna (2016) Doing the 'dirty work' of the green economy: resource recovery and migrant labour in the EU. European Urban and Regional Studies, 23(4), pp. 541-555. ISSN (print) 0969-7764

Artaraz, Kepa and Calestani, Melania (2015) Suma qamaña in Bolivia: indigenous understandings of well-being and their contribution to a post-neoliberal paradigm. Latin American Perspectives, 42(5), pp. 216-233. ISSN (print) 0094-582X

Calestani, Melania, Tonkin-Crine, Sarah, Pruthi, Rishi, Leydon, Geraldine, Ravanan, Rommel, Bradley, J. Andrew, Tomson, Charles R., Forsythe, John L., Oniscu, Gabriel C., Bradley, Clare, Cairns, John, Dudley, Christopher, Watson, Christopher, Draper, Heather, Johnson, Rachel J., Metcalfe, Wendy, Fogarty, Damian G. and Roderick, Paul (2014) Patient attitudes towards kidney transplant listing: qualitative findings from the ATTOM study. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 29(11), pp. 2144-2150. ISSN (print) 0931-0509

Calestani, Melania (2013) Book Review: Evo Morales and the Movimiento al Socialismo in Bolivia - edited by Pearce, Adrian J. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 32(4), pp. 512-513. ISSN (print) 0261-3050

Artaraz, Kepa and Calestani, Melania (2013) Vivir bien, entre utopía y realidad [Living well, between utopia and reality]. Tabula Rasa, 18, pp. 105-123. ISSN (online) 1794-2489

Pope, Catherine, Halford, Susan, Turnbull, Joanne, Prichard, Jane S., Calestani, Melania and May, Carl (2013) Using computer decision support systems in NHS emergency and urgent care: ethnographic study using normalisation process theory. BMC Health Services Research, 13(111), pp. 1-13. ISSN (online) 1472-6963

Gregson, Nicky, Watkins, Helen and Calestani, Melania (2013) Political markets: recycling, economization and marketization. Economy and Society, 42(1), pp. 1-25. ISSN (print) 0308-5147

Calestani, Melania (2012) Being 'an authentic alteño': young people in a Bolivian Andean city. Journal of Youth Studies, 15(4), pp. 541-555. ISSN (print) 1367-6261

Gregson, Nicky, Watkins, Helen and Calestani, Melania (2010) Inextinguishable fibres: demolition and the vital materialism of asbestos. Environment and Planning A, 42(5), pp. 1065-1083. ISSN (print) 0308-518X

Calestani, Melania (2009) 'Suerte' (Luck): spirituality and well-being in El Alto, Bolivia. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 4(1), pp. 47-75. ISSN (print) 1871-2584

Calestani, Melania (2009) An anthropology of 'The Good Life' in the Bolivian Plateau. Social Indicators Research, 90(1), pp. 141-153. ISSN (print) 0303-8300

Calestani, Melania (2009) Book Review: Sian Lazar, El Alto, Rebel City: Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia. London: Duke University Press, 2008. Critique of Anthropology, 29(4), pp. 471-472. ISSN (print) 0308-275X

Calestani, Melania (2009) Book review: Alberto Corsín Jiménez (ed.), Culture and Well-being: Anthropological Approaches to Freedom and Political Ethics. London: Pluto Press, 2008. Critique of Anthropology, 29(1), pp. 125-126. ISSN (print) 0308-275X

Calestani, Melania, Kyriakakis, Ioannis and Tassi, Nico (2007) Three narratives of anthropological engagement. Anthropology Matters, 9(2), ISSN (print) 1758-6453

Book

Madge, Nicola, Hemming, Peter J., Stenson, Kevin, Allum, Nick [Contributor], Calestani, Melania [Contributor], Goodman, Anthony [Contributor], King, Katherine [Contributor], Kingston, Sarah [Contributor] and Webster, Colin [Contributor] (2013) Youth on religion : the development, negotiation and impact of faith and non-faith identity. London, U.K. : Routledge. 240p. ISBN 9780415696708

Calestani, Melania (2013) An anthropological journey into well-being: insights from Bolivia. Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer Netherlands. 96p. (SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research) ISSN (print) 2211-7644 ISBN 9789400756687

Book Section

Calestani, Melania (2018) Mario Lodi’s educational approach : is this relevant for anthropology in the twenty-first century? In: Paganopoulos, Michelangelo, (ed.) In-between fiction and non-fiction: reflections on the poetics of ethnography in literature and film. Newcastle, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars. pp. 130-143. ISBN 9781527508330

Calestani, Melania (2014) Spirituality, luck and well-being. In: Michalos, Alex C., (ed.) Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research. Dordrecht, Netherlands : Springer Reference. pp. 6285-6289. ISBN 9789400707528

Calestani, Melania (2012) Wellbeing in El Alto, Bolivia. In: Atkinson, Sarah , Fuller, Sarah and Painter, Joe, (eds.) Wellbeing and place. Farnham, U.K. : Ashgate. pp. 171-183. ISSN (print) 9781409420606

Calestani, Melania, White, Nereda, Hendricks, Auntie Joan and Scemons, Donna (2012) Religions of native peoples and nursing. In: Fowler, Marsha D. , Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl , Sawatzky, Richard and Johnston-Taylor, Elizabeth, (eds.) Religion, religious ethics, and nursing. New York, U.S.A. : Springer. pp. 267-294. ISBN 9780826106636

Monograph

Drennan, VM, Calestani, M and Littlejohns, P (2017) South London Community Education Provider Networks : evaluation report. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London. 12 p. ISBN 9780995741300 (Unpublished)

Pope, Catherine, Turnbull, Joanne, Halford, Susan, Prichard, Jane, Calestani, Melania, Salisbury, Chris, May, Carl, Barrett, Christine and Lattimer, Valerie (2011) Ethnography and survey analysis of a computer decision support system in urgent out-of-hours, single point of access and emergency (999) care. (Project Report) London, U.K. : National Institute for Health Research. 188 p.

Thesis

Calestani, Melania (2009) An anthropology of well-being: Local perspectives and cultural constructions in the Bolivian Altiplano. (PhD thesis), Goldsmiths College, University of London, .

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