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Dr Melania Calestani

School: Centre for Health and Social Care Research

Job Title: Research Associate

Email: M.Calestani@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Location: Room 18

Biography

Melania is an anthropologist with post-graduate experience in health services research and social sciences. Her main teaching and research interests are in qualitative research methods and medical anthropology. She has been involved in projects on emergency/urgent care services, primary care, chronic kidney disease and kidney transplant listing in the UK. This has involved understanding patient decision making about treatments as well as the reasons behind why renal units differ in the selection policies, which identify patients suitable for transplantation. As part of this latter study she observed multidisciplinary meetings in renal units to learn how decisions about treatment are negotiated.
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For her PhD in anthropology, Melania focused on individual and collective definitions of `the good life', exploring potential contradictions between different models and analysing how individual dimensions compete with collective ones in this context. In Bolivia she was also interested in religious and medical pluralism among Aymara people, looking at ethnomedical beliefs and access to different forms of health care according to religious affiliation.

At the moment she is also a Research Associate in the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences, collaborating in the project 'Prayer as Transgression?'- see 'http://prayerastransgression.com/ for more details. She is interested in the accommodation of different religious and non-religious beliefs in healthcare settings, and the impact that spiritual care can have on patients' healing experiences as well as on their definitions of well-being/happiness.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, Anthropology, Goldsmiths College (University of London)
  • MRes, Anthropology, Goldsmiths College (University of London)
  • MSc, Anthropology and Ecology of Development, UCL (University of London)
  • MSc, Geography, University of Genoa (Italy)

Professional experience

  • 2015 - present
    Visiting Academic, University of Southampton
  • 2011 - 2015
    Research Fellow, University of Southampton
  • 2010 - 2011
    Research Fellow, Middlesex University
  • 2009 - 2010
    Research Fellow, Univesrity of Southampton
  • 2007 - 2009
    Research Associate, Durham University

Research interests

NHS workforce; decision making processes; innovation; implementation; education; primary care; qualitative research methods; ethnography; well-being/happiness; accommodation of different religious and non-religious beliefs in healthcare settings; the impact of spiritual care on patientsâ?? healing experiences.

Publications

Number of items: 20.

Article

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

Gregson, Nicky, Crang, Mike, Botticello, Julie, Calestani, Melania and Krzywoszynska, Anna (2014) Doing the 'dirty work' of the green economy: resource recovery and migrant labour in the EU. European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN (print) 0969-7764 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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 utopĂ­a 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 (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, 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

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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