Labour exploitation in mental health research

Article by Stan Papoulias and Felicity Callard – Material and epistemic precarity: It’s time to talk about labour exploitation in mental health research.

“The conditions under which people labour in mental health research affect how and what knowledge is produced – and who benefits or doesn’t from involvement in health research systems. There has been, however, little sustained investigation of the uneven modalities of labour exploitation across what are increasingly financialised systems of mental health research. This theoretical paper advances conceptual and empirical investigations of labour in health research – outlining how material precarity and epistemic precarity often go hand in hand, and largely drawing on examples from the UK….”

Published in Social Science and Medicine, 2 June 2022. Available with open acces here.


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