Dr Brigit McWade

Lecturer in Medical Sociology

Profile

Research Overview

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Health policy and practice
  • Creative methods
  • Arts and Health
  • Stigma
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Justice

Career Overview

I am a Lecturer in Medical Sociology at Lancaster Medical School with research expertise in Disability Studies, Mad Studies, Mental Health, Social and Health Inequalities.

I have also contributed to the following projects:

  • Military Lives and Transformative Experiences: Exploring narratives and aged veterans’ well-being project (Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury), led by Dr. Liz Brester (Lancaster Medical School) and Dr. Sam Clark (Philosophy).
  • Rethinking the Sociology of Stigma (Phillip Levehulme Prize), led by Prof. Imogen Tyler, Sociology department, Lancaster University.
  • The emergence of mental health personalisation in a 19th Century lunatic asylum led by Rob Goemans, School of Health and Social Care, Lincoln University.

  • Children, Young People and Flooding: Recovery and Resilience (ESRC Urgency Fund), led by Prof. Maggie Mort, Sociology Department, Lancaster University.

  • European Patient Organisations in a Knowledge Society (European Commission), Sociology Department, Lancaster University.

In 2016, I undertook a visiting Research Fellowship at the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Teaching

MBChB

  • Lectures: Social Model of Disability, Migration & Health, Chronic Illness, Health Inequalities, Intersectionality
  • Problem Based Learning (1st and 2nd Years)
  • Special Study Modules (1st and 2nd Years): one on the biopsychosocial aspects of mental health, and one on chronic fatigue.
  • Health, Culture and Society coursework (3rd/4th Years): the social model of mental health

In addition, I have extensive teaching experience in the areas of Social Theory, Media Theory, Cultural Theory, Gender & Women's Studies, Science & Technology Studies, Biomedicine & Ethics and Qualitative Research.

I am currently supervising Steven Maxwell (Creative Writing) with Zoe Lambert and Hannah Morgan. His project is titled: Human Subjects: A Novel of Stories & Exploring Neurodiversity in Fiction

As a new lecturer, I am looking forward to supervising more PhD students in the areas of my expertise. Please do get in touch if you are interested in working with me.

BSA Annual Conference
Participation in conference

Critical Perspectives On and Beyond the Therapy Industry
Participation in conference

The rise of an ‘anti-welfare commonsense’ – stigma, neoliberalism and welfare reform
Invited talk

School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto
Visiting an external academic institution

"From Mental Illness to a Social Model of Madness and Distress" - Panel Discussion
Invited talk

Mental health and reflexivity: The role of personal experiences of mental ill-health in medical sociological research
Participation in conference

Lancaster Biennial Disability Studies Conference 2016
Participation in conference

Qualitative Social Work (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Studies in Social Justice (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Disability and Society (Journal)
Editorial activity

National Survivor User Network (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Methods Mixtures
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Changing Worlds: Engaging Science and Technology in Art, Academia and Activism
Participation in conference

Making Sense of Mad Studies
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School of Health and Social Care Research day
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Nordic Network for Disability Studies (NNDR)
Participation in conference

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Visiting an external academic institution

The Politics of Popular Culture
Participation in conference

The Politics of Popular Culture
Participation in conference

The Sociological Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

Feminist Theory (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Subjectivity (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity and Practice (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Hermeneutics- and Arts-based Methods
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Creative Collisions and Critical Conversations
Participation in conference

BSA Annual Conference
Participation in conference

Changing Lives and Improving Communities
Participation in conference

EASST
Participation in conference

2012 Disability Studies Conference
Participation in conference

Sociology Intellectual Party, Lancaster Sociology Department
Participation in conference

Practising Theory in Feminist Technoscience Studies
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

2nd Postgraduate STS conference
Participation in conference

2nd Postgraduate STS conference
Participation in conference

Postgraduate Workshop with Annemarie Mol
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Postgraduate Workshop with Annemarie Mol
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Making (In)Appropriate Bodies: Between Medical Models of Health, Moral Economies and Everyday Practices,
Participation in conference

Distress or Disability? Symposium
Participation in conference

CGWS Lunchtime Seminar Series
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Mini-STS PhD Conference
Participation in conference

Retheorising Women’s Health: Shifting Paradigms and the Biomedical Body
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Intellectual Party 2010: Lancaster Sociology Summer Conference
Participation in conference

CGWS Research Day
Participation in conference