Dr Brigit McWade

Lecturer in Medical Sociology

Profile

I am Lecturer in Medical Sociology at Lancaster Medical School.

Research

My research expertise is interdisciplinary qualitative health research concerning the relationship between social inequalities and mental health, neurodiversity and disability, and intersectionality. A central interest within this area is the theoretical and political significance of socio-cultural representations of the lived experience of health and wellbeing, and their role in challenging oppression and instigating social change. Since my appointment, I have begun to build a programme of research that draws on my expertise to make significant impact in medical education at all levels, and as a result the quality of healthcare provision delivered by tomorrow’s doctors. This is evident in my teaching and leadership roles, including actively participating in and setting the agenda for the newly formed Medical Schools Council’s EDI Alliance, leading Widening Participation and EDI initiatives in LMS, and contributing to LU’s Race Equality Charter submission.

I am an elected member of the Medical Schools Council's Equality Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, and was one of the lead authors of their national guidance on how to embed EDI in medical education: Active Inclusion: Challenging exclusions in medical education

Doctoral supervision

Starting in 2025

  • Eleanor Vowles (Lancaster Medical School, full-time) Structural and financial barriers to success in medical education. Lead supervisor (40%) with Dr Michael Lambert (40%) and Dr Liz Brewster (20%). Fully funded by FHM PhD Studentship.

  • Ros Brunwin (Sociology, part-time) with Debra Ferreday (50%): From Madness to Meaning: Unpicking the reality behind psychosis.

Past doctoral candidates

  • Steven Maxwell (Creative Writing) with Zoe Lambert: project is titled: Human Subjects: A novel of novellas. Passed forthwith in 2024. Funded by an AHRC studentship.

Teaching

MBChB

  • Lectures: Disability, Race, Ethnicity & Culture, Migration & Health, Chronic Illness, Health Inequalities, Stigma and Discrimination

  • Problem Based Learning (1st and 2nd Years)

  • Special Study Modules (1st and 2nd Years): race/ethnicity and health inequalities

  • Health, Culture and Society coursework (3rd/4th Years): the relationship between racism and health

MSc Clinical Research

  • Supervision of dissertation projects.

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.

Selected Publications

Active Inclusion: Challenging exclusions in medical education
McWade, B. 31/12/2021 Medical Schools Council. 22 p.
Other report

Was it autoethnography? The classificatory, confessional and mad politics of lived experience in sociological research
McWade, B. 1/06/2020 In: Social Theory and Health. 18, 2, p. 123-137. 15 p.
Journal article

Can we look at self-harm?
McWade, B. 13/04/2019
Blog

Sanism and the Mad Subject
Invited talk

LU Psychology Department Bitesize Information Session: Student and staff collaboration to address racism in medical education
Invited talk

Reclaiming Black Madness: Stories of People of Colour on Stigma, Racism, and Severe Mental Distress
Examination

Reunion Island and A Mad Reading of Janet Frame’s Madness Narratives Faces in the Water and An Autobiography
Examination

Structural and financial barriers to success for medical students from a widening participation background
Invited talk

De Gruyter (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

EDI in Medical Education
Invited talk

Lancaster University (Organisational unit)
Member of Working Group

Active Inclusion: Challenging exclusions in medical education
Invited talk

Active Inclusion: Challenging exclusions in medical education
Invited talk

Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Decolonising Medical Education and Medical Sociology
Oral presentation

Rethinking Medical Sociology
Invited talk

Working with students to tackle racism
Oral presentation

Decolonising Medical Education
Invited talk

FHM Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum
Participation in conference - Academic

Medical Schools Council EDI Alliance (External organisation)
Membership of board

Society for Social Studies of Science (External organisation)
Membership of network

Autism Entangled – Controversies over Disability, Sexuality and Gender in Contemporary Culture
Examination

Psychology and Sexuality (Journal)
Editorial activity

Webinar: Decolonizing the curriculum, an introduction for LMS colleagues
Business Course/Training

Stigmatised transitions into adulthood: Understanding the experiences of black African youth with prenatally acquired HIV in the UK.
Examination

Decolonising the Faculty of Health and Medicine
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Virtual Health Careers Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Lancaster Medical School (Organisational unit)
Member of Working Group

Access to Medicine
Other

‘Was it autoethnography? Reflections on writing myself in and then out of my research’
Invited talk

Palgrave (Publisher)
Publication peer-review

Stop ‘sucking off the stigma’: refusing mental health anti-stigma campaigns
Invited talk

Social Science and Medicine (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Sociology of Health and Illness (Journal)
Editorial activity

Journal of Social Policy (Journal)
Editorial activity

Diveristy in Medicine and Health (External organisation)
Membership of network

Faculty of Health and Medicine (Organisational unit)
Member of Advisory Panel

Was it autoethnography? The classificatory, confessional and mad politics of lived experience in sociological research
Oral presentation

What can older veterans' experiences of military service tell us about wellbeing?
Oral presentation

Lancaster Medical School Open Day
Other

Social Theory and Health (Journal)
Editorial activity

Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (Journal)
Editorial activity

Medical Schools Council Gateway and Foundation Leads meeting (External organisation)
Membership of network

Lancaster Medical School (Organisational unit)
Membership of committee

National Medical Schools Widening Participation Forum (External organisation)
Membership of network

Feminist Studies (Journal)
Editorial activity

BSA Annual Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Disability and Society (Journal)
Editorial activity

The Sociological Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

Critical Perspectives On and Beyond the Therapy Industry
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

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 -Mixed Audience

Lancaster Biennial Disability Studies Conference 2016
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

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 -Mixed Audience

Making Sense of Mad Studies
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

School of Health and Social Care Research day
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Nordic Network for Disability Studies (NNDR)
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Visiting an external academic institution

The Politics of Popular Culture
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

The Politics of Popular Culture
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

The Sociological Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

Subjectivity (Journal)
Publication peer-review

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

Feminist Theory (Journal)
Publication peer-review

The Sociological Review (Journal)
Editorial activity

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

Creative Collisions and Critical Conversations
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

BSA Annual Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Changing Lives and Improving Communities
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

EASST
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

2012 Disability Studies Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Sociology Intellectual Party, Lancaster Sociology Department
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

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

2nd Postgraduate STS conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

2nd Postgraduate STS conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

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 -Mixed Audience

Distress or Disability? Symposium
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

CGWS Lunchtime Seminar Series
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Mini-STS PhD Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

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 -Mixed Audience

CGWS Research Day
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

  • Interdisciplinary network in culture, health, ethics and society