Judith Green BSc MSc PhD

Professor of Sociology of Health

Judith Green's Background

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 edit Critical Public Health, an international peer-reviewed journal which publishes a broad range of critical research and commentary on and for public health.

Judith Green's Affiliation

Judith Green's Teaching

My main 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, 2009), a textbook aimed at health professionals using qualitative methods.

Judith Green's Research

My research interests are in: the sociology of health and illness; health service organisation (particularly the development of qualitative methodology in this area); sociology of and for public health, particularly relating to transport and health; and methodology. 

Health services research interests include:the transferability of qualitative methodologies in low and middle income countries (see our web site, 'Using qualitative methods' to introduce qualitative methods to those doing health systems/services research); primary care; emergency care.

On public health, I am part of the LSHTM hub of the School for Public Health Research, and have research interests in methodology for evaluating health impacts of interventions outside the health sector, and in the relationships between transport and wellbeing.  This includes using sociological work on mobilities to shed light on public health issues arising from transport policies and choices. Current research includes contributions to studies on inequalities in road injury, evaluation of home energy efficiency installations, reduced street lighting, transport policies, and the sociology of active transport modes. The 'On the Buses' project evaluated the impact of free bus travel for young people on public health.  

Current research degree students working with me are researching a range of topics in the sociology of health, including: decisions to take statins (Louisa Polak), masculinities in Trinidad (Oscar Ocho), 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 exposure in explaining inequalities in road injury risk (Rebecca Steinbach).

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
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