Social sciences research conducted on the topic of health aims to analyze the transformation of societies and of their environment, while examining the vulnerabilities and inequities these transformations may produce on the health and care of populations. These changes can be understood through the prism of family, of gender, of migration, and of the social environment. All these entries enable researchers to study population health and care given to individuals.
Weakened by the economic crisis and the austerity plans in both developed and developing countries, and constrained by a growing social demand, developing countries find it more and more difficult to ensure their sovereign functions, such as the financing of quality health services. In addition, although they are supported by international bodies, new ways of funding health schemes, such as the universal health care and payments based on performance, often remain at the level of political discourse and/or remains poorly evaluated. Now, with a growing pressure on them, the poorest households have yet to fulfil their duty of mutual aid and support for sick people. Therefore, not only social inequalities in the field of health become a central focus of many research projects in social science research, but health and its societal challenges become also a transversal and multidisciplinary research object. This particular theme of health has then stimulated in the recent past the development of particularly fruitful research methods in social sciences. Access to these methods for young scholars was the purpose of the first edition of the Social Science Winter School in Pondicherry.
Four international and multidisciplinary teams of experts had been constituted so as to propose to the public of students four sub-themes, with a focus on disciplinary and specific methodological aspects of research:
- Workshop 1: Universalisation of health care: questions, methods and assessments
- Workshop 2: Impact evaluation of public health policies and development programmes
- Workshop 3: Analysis of health controversies in a global context
- Workshop 4: Transformations in health and medicine. Conceptualisation and assessment in the social sciences
You can find below the detailed programme and download it here Winter School Programme 2014.
SUNDAY 7 PARTICIPANTS ARRIVAL
MONDAY 8 PLENARY SESSIONS
10:00-11:00 Formal Inaugural of the Social Sciences Winter School
Welcome address by Prof. T. S. Naidu, Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy
Presentation by Dr. Thanuja Mummidi (Pondicherry University), Dr. Rémy Delage (CNRS) and Dr. Christophe Jalil Nordman (IRD)
Felicitation by Dr. Pierre Grard, Director, French Institute of Pondicherry
Vote of thanks by Dr. Audrey Richard-Ferroudji, Head, Dept of Social Sciences, French Institute of Pondicherry
11:00 – 11:15
11:15-12:00 Plenary talk 1
V. Sujatha, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, New Delhi
Health and medicine in the 21st Century. New challenges for social science.
12:00-12:45 Plenary talk 2
Bertrand Lefebvre, University of Rouen, Faculty of Tropical Medicine of Bangkok
Universalisation of health care in India: questions, methods and assessments.
14:00-14:45 Plenary talk 3
Narayanan Lalitha, Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad
Regulations Governing Private Healthcare in India.
14:45-15:30 Plenary talk 4
Sumit Mazumdar, Fellow, Program coordinator at the Institute for Human Development, Delhi
Impact Evaluation of Health Programmes: Insights from a Conditional Cash Transfer Programme on Maternity Benefits in India.
15:45-16:30 Plenary talk 5
Guy Attewell, Associated Researcher, French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry
Thinking through the road: fracture therapeutics and the traffic of bodies, technologies, passion.
Synthesis and presentation of the organisation of methodological workshops
TUESDAY 9 METHODOLOGICAL WORKSHOPS
Workshop 1/ Universalisation of health care in India: questions, methods and assessments
Training team: Bertrand Lefebvre, Audrey Bochaton, Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, Venkat Raman, Olivier Telle
Workshop 2/ Impact evaluation of public health policies and development programmes
Training team: Christophe Jalil Nordman, Sumit Mazumdar, Flore Gubert, Camille Saint-Macary
Workshop 3/ Analysis of health controversies in a global context
Training team: Mathieu Quet, Vincent Duclos-Belanger, Marine Al Dahdah, Madhulika Banerjee, Lalitha Narayanan
Workshop 4/ Transformations in health and medicine. Conceptualisation and assessment in the social sciences
Training team: V. Sujatha, Madhu Nagla, Leena Abraham, Ritu Priya, V.R. Muraleedharan
WEDNESDAY 10 METHODOLOGICAL WORKSHOPS
THURSDAY 11 METHODOLOGICAL WORKSHOPS
Half-day break: debriefing for knowledge restitution supervised by the experts
FRIDAY 12 FINAL DAY
Restitution by trainees (20 minutes per presentation)
Delivery of certificates
Feed back from resource persons, students and scientific committee
Vote of thanks
Visit of Pondicherry
Cocktail dinner at IFP