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Liz Walker

Professor of Health and Social Work Research


Feeling the benefit : fluctuating illness and the world of welfare (2019)
Journal Article
Price, L., Walker, L., & Booth, S. (in press). Feeling the benefit : fluctuating illness and the world of welfare. Disability and society, https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2019.1680346

This article explores the experiences of people living with fluctuating long-term conditions, with a particular focus on the UK welfare benefits system. Respondents in this study suggested that this system constitutes a critical barrier to maintainin... Read More about Feeling the benefit : fluctuating illness and the world of welfare.

Fluctuation, invisibility, fatigue – the barriers to maintaining employment with systemic lupus erythematosus: results of an online survey (2018)
Journal Article
Walker, E., Price, E., & Booth, S. (2018). Fluctuation, invisibility, fatigue – the barriers to maintaining employment with systemic lupus erythematosus: results of an online survey. Lupus, 27(14), 2284-2291. doi:10.1177/0961203318808593

© The Author(s) 2018. Objectives: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with high levels of workplace disability and unemployment. The objective of this study was to understand the reasons for this and to describe the barriers and facilita... Read More about Fluctuation, invisibility, fatigue – the barriers to maintaining employment with systemic lupus erythematosus: results of an online survey.

'There’s no pill to help you deal with the guilt and shame’: Contemporary experiences of HIV in the United Kingdom (2017)
Journal Article
Walker, L. (2019). 'There’s no pill to help you deal with the guilt and shame’: Contemporary experiences of HIV in the United Kingdom. Health, 23(1), 97-113. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459317739436

The experience of living with HIV, in the global north, has changed significantly over the past 20 years. This is largely the result of effective biomedical methods of treatment and prevention. HIV is now widely considered to be a long-term condition... Read More about 'There’s no pill to help you deal with the guilt and shame’: Contemporary experiences of HIV in the United Kingdom.

Problematising the discourse of 'Post-AIDS' (2017)
Journal Article
Walker, L. (in press). Problematising the discourse of 'Post-AIDS'. Journal of Medical Humanities, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10912-017-9433-9

This paper reflects on the meanings of ‘post-AIDS’ in the Global North and Global South. I bring together a range of contemporary arguments to suggest that the notion of ‘post-AIDS’ is, at best, misplaced, not least because its starting point remains... Read More about Problematising the discourse of 'Post-AIDS'.

Chronic illness, vulnerability and social work: Autoimmunity in the contemporary disease experience (2015)
Book
Price, L., & Walker, L. (2015). Chronic illness, vulnerability and social work: Autoimmunity in the contemporary disease experience. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Whilst the body has recently assumed greater sociological significance, there has been less engagement in social work and social care on the bodily experience of health, illness and disease. This innovative volume redresses the balance by exploring c... Read More about Chronic illness, vulnerability and social work: Autoimmunity in the contemporary disease experience.

'My biggest fear was that people would reject me once they knew my status...': Stigma as experienced by patients in an HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa (2010)
Journal Article
Gilbert, L., & Walker, L. (2010). 'My biggest fear was that people would reject me once they knew my status...': Stigma as experienced by patients in an HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. Health and Social Care in the Community, 18(2), 139-146. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2524.2009.00881.x

Stigma is not a new concept; however, it remains highly significant in the context of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. There is wide consensus that HIV/AIDS-related stigma compromises the well-being of people living with the disease. This paper is part of a... Read More about 'My biggest fear was that people would reject me once they knew my status...': Stigma as experienced by patients in an HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa.

'His mam, my dad, my girlfriend, loads of people used to bring him up': the value of social support for (ex) offender fathers (2010)
Journal Article
Walker, L. (2010). 'His mam, my dad, my girlfriend, loads of people used to bring him up': the value of social support for (ex) offender fathers. Child & family social work, 15(2), 238-247. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00664.x

This research analyses key findings from qualitative research conducted with (ex) offender fathers and their probation officers. This paper focuses on the critical role of family and social support for (ex) offender fathers who seek to build and main... Read More about 'His mam, my dad, my girlfriend, loads of people used to bring him up': the value of social support for (ex) offender fathers.

"They (ARVs) are my life, without them I'm nothing" - experiences of patients attending a HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa (2009)
Journal Article
Gilbert, L., & Walker, L. (2009). "They (ARVs) are my life, without them I'm nothing" - experiences of patients attending a HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. Health and Place, 15(4), (1123-1129). doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.06.006. ISSN 1353-8292

This paper is a part of a larger study that explores the "social complexity" of antiretroviral therapy (ART), in resource-limited environments. Drawing on in-depth interviews with a sample of 44 patients in an urban HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, S... Read More about "They (ARVs) are my life, without them I'm nothing" - experiences of patients attending a HIV/AIDS clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa.

'My son gave birth to me': offending fathers - generative, reflexive and risky? (2009)
Journal Article
Walker, L. (2010). 'My son gave birth to me': offending fathers - generative, reflexive and risky?. The British journal of social work, 40(5), 1402-1418. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcp063

This paper analyses key findings from narrative interviews with 16 (ex) offender fathers. All fathers interviewed served custodial sentences, ranging from 6 months to 14 years, and were on licence at the time of interview. This research focuses on th... Read More about 'My son gave birth to me': offending fathers - generative, reflexive and risky?.