Judith Green BSc MSc PhD

Professor 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.




My main teaching responsibility is to develop capacity in qualitative approaches to health research for students at LSHTM, research colleagues and collaborators. I contribute 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.  

Current research includes contributions to studies on inequalities in road injury, home energy efficiency installations, reduced street lighting, transport policies, decision making in local authorities, older people and welfare benefits, and the sociology of active transport modes.

Research degree students working with me are researching a range of topics in the sociology of health, including: decisions to take statins (Louisa Polak), discourses of reconfiguration (Lorelei Jones), social networks in Nairobi informal settlements (Julie Evans), interdiscipinary science-in-action in an air pollution project (Emma Garnett), and the role of narratives in post-trauma Rwanda (Yuko Otake).

I have no further capacity to supervise research degree students at the moment.

Research areas

  • Ethnography
  • Health services research
  • Inequalities
  • Methodology
  • Public health
  • Public understanding
  • Qualitative methods
  • Risk
  • Transport


  • Sociology

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Injuries

Other interests

  • Accidents
  • Social Theory
  • Sociology of Health
  • road traffic injuries
  • social determinants of health
  • young people
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