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Health, Culture and Society Research

Health, Culture and Society

Our research in health, culture and society encompasses many aspects of the social and behavioural sciences in medicine. We are interested in how various psychological and sociological concepts are applied in practice and contribute to our understanding of health, disease and the care they require.

We have a wide range of methodological expertise, including qualitative and quantitative approaches, and specialise in ethnographic research as well as undertaking behavioural and neuroscientific studies.

Our specific interests include:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Healthcare work practices and cultures
  • Health and social inequalities
  • Experiences of healthcare
  • Psychosocial development

Our work is often collaborative and we engage with a wide range of NHS and third sector organisations. We work with patients, families and carers, healthcare practitioners, and policy makers. Our focus is on improving the practices of care as well as furthering insights across health and medicine.


Lisa Ashmore

Dr Lisa Ashmore

Associate Dean (Engagement) / Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research, Centre for Health Futures, Centre for Science Studies

Liz Brewster

Dr Liz Brewster SFHEA

Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer in Medical Education

FHM Mental Health Theme, Institute for Social Futures Fellow, ISF Fellows 2019/20

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Dawn Goodwin

Dr Dawn Goodwin

Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences and Director of PBL

Institute for Social Futures Fellow, ISF Fellows 2019/20