Meet Dr. Fionagh Thomson

Jun 1, 2016, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Fionagh Thomson, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Fionagh Thomson, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Thomson will be in residence from June 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016.

Dr. Thomson is an ethnographer with an interest in how to create the space and time with participants to think through and describe their everyday lives: focusing on what people do rather than what they think they do. She works with video, camera, paper and conversation. She likes to work across, rather than within, disciplines and outside academia with medical professionals, lab scientists, design engineers and artists. 

Dr. Thomson's current research explores the conflict within the blood supply chain (donation to transfusion)—between ensuring a sufficient and a safe supply of blood components, at a time when donor numbers are dropping and blood manufacturing regulations are tightening. Her other interests include different representations of the ‘body’ in medical spaces (e.g. MRIs), the extension of health professionals’ senses through tools/technologies and philosophical hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur & Idhe). 

Dr. Thomson earned a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctorate from the University College London Institute of Education. Her background includes environmental ethics, visual anthropology, philosophy, human geography and ecology. Dr. Thomson has completed fieldwork in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, the islands of the Scottish Hebrides and the consulting spaces of emergency departments, breast cancer outpatients, GP clinics and patients’ homes.