Professor of Social Sciences in Health
Co-Director of the Institute of Health
Deputy Chair of the School of Health & Social Studies
MA Hons 2.1(Social Anthropology/Sociology - Edinburgh); MPhil (Social Anthropology - Edinburgh); PhD (Sociology - Warwick)
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My research is in the area of gender, ethnicity and promoting equity in health. It ranges from the practical such as setting up new service models like mobile provision for The Bedouin home hospice care, postnatal care at clinics for infants to the theoretical such as ideas of risk, the social construction of statistics, and the social impact of innovative medical technologies. My research programme is Local Voices and Action on Global Health Issues and focuses on community perceptions of health. My work addresses global issues of power, discrimination and inequity in different local contexts. Currently, I am conducting research in England, South Africa and the Middle East. My areas of interest within these broad themes are lay views of health and illness, the links between policy and practice, health inequalities in relation to gender, ethnicity, disability and social exclusion, and user involvement.
I trained in social anthropology and sociology and my research and teaching is principally in the area of Sociology of Health, Medical Anthropology and Qualitative Research Methods. I have held posts at several universities where I have worked on the interface of international public health and social science. I co-direct the Institute of Health which conducts health related social science research.