Someone smart once said ‘if you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist’ so Dr Marisa de Andrade (the University of Edinburgh) is out to Measure Humanity! Join her as she pushes academic boundaries on her mission to measure health and inequalities through the power of people and creativity. Is there such a thing as ‘hard-to-reach’ communities, she asks? Is there only evidence where there’s money to be made? (And what is ‘evidence’ anyway?) How do you measure soft ‘touchy-feeling’ things like compassion and relationships – and should researchers be doing this anyway? Can you prove that acting helps you stop smoking, or that 3D virtual reality landscapes beat depression?
Marisa de Andrade, Lecturer and Programme Director, School of Health in Social Science, the University of Edinburgh.