I am a sociologist working at the Open University with interests in science and technology studies, health and medicine and science engagement. Recently I looked at how our ideas about sunlight have changed over time in Europe. I am currently examining biosecurity and public understandings in relationship to bird and swine flu. I would describe myself as a Geek but isn’t everyone now? I enjoy science and detective/crime fiction and spend too much time reading other people’s blogs (especially sci-fi ones).
I am a sociologist working in the School of Health & Social Care at the University of Essex. I am currently looking at the ways in which often very progressive ideas are shaped and changed in the policy implementation processes, such that their progressive edge is blunted or even lost. I am also interested in exploring the ways in which the state organisation of healthcare corresponds with dominant ideas about citizenship and welfare. When I am not being sociological I can generally be found cycling around the rural byways of north Essex.
Having completed a multi-disciplinary undergraduate training, I wrote a sociological doctoral study that used mostly anthropological methods and discovered that tribal allegiances are key in academia. In addition to standard research papers I have had short stories, novellas and journalism published. I have edited a series of student-fiction as well as books, books series and journals. The various ways that healthcare policy, institutions and professionals respond to the diverse needs of patients, as well as the wider public, is a current research focus.
Charlie Davison lives in the beautiful and much-maligned county of Essex. He has a lovely family and an overgrown allotment. While studying Earth Sciences in the 1970’s he became enthralled by Meteorology and is now often to be found photographing clouds. In 2011 he was awarded the Royal Meteorological Society’s James Paton Memorial Prize for his photograph of Sunrise with Mist and Alto Cirrus at Yoxford, Suffolk. Fascinated by cultural variation, Charlie became a Social Anthropologist in the 1980’s and tries hard to make a living by applying the discipline’s insights to the problems of contemporary health care.
I am a sociologist of health currently at King’s College London and I co-edit the journal Critical Public Health. On balance, I would rather be drafting papers with a fountain pen, reading books in a library, and seeking not to change the world, but to understand it. Slowly. So I’m not quite sure how I’ve ended up as a contributing editor to one of these new-fangled blog thingies. Or on twitter.
I am a media Sociologist in the Dept. of Sociology & Communications, Brunel University, London where I am co Director of the Centre for Media, Culture and Regulation. I explore how media messages are produced, and received by different audiences and regularly work with broadcasters, writers, journalists and policy makers/ charities. I am currently collaborating with the Center for Media and Health (Netherlands) on health communication, new/social media and younger audiences. My long term research into science/medicine and popular media means I have developed an ‘unhealthy’ interest in TV soaps, fan forums and celebrity gossip websites.
Jen is a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Management, at University of St Andrews. She is funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness to work on her project ‘The work of long term conditions: responding to ill health in the workplace’. Prior to academia, I worked primarily in adult health and social care. I am interested in the role of social contracts in society, citizenship, and discourses of deserving and undeserving in relation to the distribution of state welfare. My background is in disability studies. In ‘down time’ I try my best to be up a mountain or in a boat.
I am a sociologist based at King’s College London with an interest in health, focusing on long term disabling conditions, loneliness and social isolation, inequality in all its various forms and social theory. During the day I try to subvert dental students with information about poverty, inequality and the importance of the NHS.
Carl Walker is the course leader for the MA Community Psychology. Carl sits on the British Psychological Society National Community Psychology section committee and is chair of the European Community Psychology Association group on austerity and mental health. Recently he co-founded the national group ‘Psychologists against Austerity’. Carl’s current interest are in exploring the structural and economic elements that relate to concepts of mental distress and the use of community initiatives to work toward addressing mental health needs. In his spare time, he tours a stand-up comedy show as a fundraiser against NHS privatisation and cycles his bike increasingly slowly over the South Downs.
I am a sociologist working at the University of Sussex, with an interest in the ideas and practice of preventive medicines (like statins and aspirin) and the use of evidence, like the growing appeal to randomised controlled trials in policy-making. I’m currently working with NICE to look at their approach to capturing public and patient preferences and values in writing guidelines and standards for the NHS. I’m also negotiating my own preferences and values in pregnancy.