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What is Fieldnotes?

Fieldnotes is a platform for a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in applying critical health social science insights for improved population health. 

Our posts capture the range of voices who participate in the Division, not only research staff and postgraduate students, but also community members, NGO and activist partners and other university staff who are central to our research and teaching programmes.

Below is a list of our latest posts:


Welcome to Fieldnotes
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 10:30

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Fieldnotes, our new platform for promoting the role of critical health social science research in the field of public health. The Fieldnotes Editorial Team

Personal Reflections From Attending the British Academy Writing Workshop
Wed, 14 Nov 2018 - 09:00

Since 2014, I have been trying to write up a publication from my master’s research that focused on the fruit and vegetable consumption in the area of Mitchells Plain, an urban community in Cape Town. Catherine Pereira

Can Activism and Academic Research Go Hand in Hand? A Personal Reflection on Community Engagement in Gugulethu
Mon, 22 Oct 2018 - 09:00

In the middle of Gugulethu, there is a dentistry clinic that was always overcrowded. People would wait in line from 5am to see the dentist. Myrna van Pinxteren

Navigating Between Research and Intervention
Tue, 09 Oct 2018 - 11:15

I felt a tension right from the beginning of my first meeting with the health committee members I hoped would be participants in my PhD research. This tension was not from the health committee members I was meeting with – it was internal. Hanne Haricharan

Movement for Change and Social Justice (MCSJ): A Community-University Partnership
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 11:45

The Movement for Change and Social Justice (MCSJ) is a social movement founded in Gugulethu in September 2016. Zara Trafford and Mandla Majola

Resilience Among TB Patients on Treatment in Cape Town
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 13:00

South Africa, and the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular, face one of the most serious and persistent TB epidemics in the world. Lianne Cremer, Alison Swartz, Christopher Colvin

"The Privileged Black Child?": Reflections on my Privilege--Or Lack Thereof--As a UCT PhD Candidate
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 14:30

My assumed privilege leaves me conscious of the sacrifices that my parents had to make to give me the education that I have. Tebogo Mokganyetji

Biomedical Beliefs and Practices Amongst Traditional Health Practitioners
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 - 14:00

People seek wellness and healing in different ways. We choose services and products based on what we believe, how we understand our ailments and what is available to us.  Lesley Gittings