University of St Andrews


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  • Research Fellow for project on International Voluntary Health Networks (IVHNs) with Prof Nina Laurie and Prof Matt Baillie-Smith.
  • Previously taught modules at Newcastle (Sociology of Health and Illness) and Teesside (Sociology of International Development). 5 years experience teaching Social Theory and Medical Sociology during PhD.
  • PhD ‘the discourse of evidence-based healthcare (1992-2012). Power in dialogue, embodiment and emotion’, 2014.
  • Undergraduate degrees in History & Philosophy of Science, and in Physiotherapy.
  • PGCert in Fine Art (print).


  • Reviewer for Social Theory and Health


Research Interests

In my thesis I used Foucauldian and Bakhtinian theory to explore the mechanisms of power in contemporary bureaucratic discourses of healthcare. A dialogical understanding of power discovered themes of embodiment (concerning health professionals and patients) and emotion (which varied across health professions). These are in process for publication. My thesis has implications for health inequality and psychoanalysis of healthcare discourse, which I want to explore. My current work deals with a related aspect of health professional work – international health volunteering – and has allowed me to engage with ideas of place in studying health.

  • power
  • health inequality
  • health & development
  • geography/sociology interdisciplinarity
  • qualitative methods
  • psychoanalysis


Teaching Interests

  • Social theory
  • Global health
  • Health geography & sociology
  • Health inequalities
  • Academic writing