BSc MSc PhD
of Sociology of Health
I am a medical sociologist, with degrees in anthropology and medical sociology. Before joining LSHTM in 1996, I held posts at South Bank University, the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at UMDS (Guy's), where I completed a PhD on the sociology of accidents, and the Department of General Practice at King's College School of Medicine. I currently co-edit Critical Public Health, an international peer-reviewed journal which publishes a broad range of critical research and commentary on and for public health. I am currently based at King's College London Division of Health & Social Care Research, with an honorary appointment at LSHTM.
My main teaching responsibility was to develop capacity in qualitative approaches to health research for students at LSHTM, research colleagues and collaborators. I contributed to several in-house modules (inlcuding Principles of Social Research, Qualitative Methodologies and Sociology of Health), co-edited (with John Browne) the DBL text-book Principles of Social Research and run training workshops in qualitative methodologies. I co-author, with Nicki Thorogood, Qualitative Methods for Health Research (Sage, 2014), a textbook primarily for health professionals using qualitative methods.
I have broad research interests in the sociology of health and illness and in methodology. I have published widely on risk, professions, health services organisation and, more recently, on the sociology of mobility. I am a member of the Kriticos network of social scientists at LSHTM.
On methodology, my recent work has been orientated to developing robust ways of evaluating the social and public health impacts of interventions which maximise validity through the appropriate use of social research methods. This includes using sociological work on mobilities to shed light on public health issues arising from transport policies and choices, as part of the multi-disciplinary transport and health group.
PhD students working with me are researching a range of topics in the sociology of health, including: decisions to take statins (Louisa Polak), transport and social inclusion (Philip Corran), ethnographic research on dengue management (Alexandra Wharton-Smith) and the role of narratives in post-trauma Rwanda (Yuko Otake).
I have no further capacity to supervise research degree students at the moment.