Solomon Afework

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Lecturer (Health and Social Care)

I am a lecturer at the University of Sunderland in London, with a focus on health and social care

I lead on a number of modules, including the health and social care dissertation, global health and qualitative research methods.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the following courses: 
- BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care (Top-Up)
- Professional Doctorate

The modules I teach include: 
- Global health
- Dimensions in health and social care
- Qualitative research method in health and social care
- Substance misuse and Society
- Life course



My research interests lie between two interconnected disciplines:

Within public health, I am currently working on a small scale research project: Behavioural perspective of panic buying: a review of factors and its impact at the time of social crisis.

My Anthropological research is at the initial stages of a major research project known as ‘The anthropology of East African politics.

I'm looking at the case of Ethiopia to explore the relationship of political dynamics and cultural practices as the trend and pattern we observe seem to have some connection.


- 2002. “Ambition … and then? Problems and prospects of qualified refugees, in joining the Netherlands Labour Market’, Rotterdam, Erasmus University, (Co-author).

- 2004. Unfinished Pledge, the Ethiopian Literacy Campaign: a comparative study for the period 1979-1990. Amsterdam, Rozenberg Publishers. Campbell, John and Afework, Solomon (2015) 'Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants in Britain. Refugee Organising, Transnational Connections and Identity, 1950-2009.' African Diaspora, 8 (1). pp. 98-119.

I hold a PhD from Utrecht University (The Netherlands) in Anthropology where I explored the adult literacy camping in Ethiopia: a comparative study for the period 1979-1990. 

I investigated the factors that influenced the campaign’s underlying thoughts, the implementation process, the outcome and challenges comparing with four similar campaigns of that period (two from Africa and two from Latin America). 

I also completed an MSc in Public Health at the Metropolitan University in London where I examined factors affecting the uptake of TB immunization in the London Borough of Newham. 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education (Advance HE) and member of the Royal Society for Public Health.

I am also an academic member of the Athens Institute of Education and Research (ATINER).

I have attended, and been certified for, the Professional Development Course for External Examiners.

Last updated 25 April 2022

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