I am a Chancellor’s Fellow in Social Studies of Health & Medicine, working at the intersection of medical sociology, social policy and public administration. I am an Associate Director of SKAPE (Science Knowledge and Policy at Edinburgh), Associate Lead for Beyond Engagement in CBSS, and an elected member of the Social Policy Association's Executive Committee.
Before joining the Usher Institute I worked in the University of Edinburgh’s Global Public Health Unit, and University of St Andrews’ Medical School.
PhD in Politics (University of Edinburgh, 2012)
MSc in Social Policy & Planning (LSE, 2007)
MA (Hons) in Politics (University of Edinburgh, 2005)
I am course organiser for Foundation of Knowledge, a core course on the intercalated Honours programme Bioethics, Law & Society.
I am also course organiser for Qualitative Research in Health, an elective on our Masters in Public Health programme.
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I am always happy to hear from students who want to pursue PhD research on my interests as described above.
Current PhD students supervised
- Gabrielle King (Usher Institute) - scientific engagement of people living with MND, and their carers.
- Carol Porteous (Usher Institute) – participants’ experiences of patient and public involvement in health research.
- Katherine Hirono (Social Policy) – community engagement within Health Impact Assessment
- Catherine Carver (Usher Institute) - public and patient involvement in the regulation of new medicines and technologies
Past PhD students supervised
Taina Meriluoto (external supervisor for student in Department of Political Science, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland) – expertise-by-experience in Finnish social welfare organisations
I am interested in how health systems accommodate and negotiate different forms of ‘lay’ and ‘expert’ knowledge, including demands for public engagement and for evidence-based policy. I've previously worked on projects exploring everyday practices of public involvement in the local NHS, new governance arrangements for Scottish Health Boards, and how health policymakers use research evidence.
Current research interestsI am currently developing ideas for future research on the contemporary work of NHS Charities in the UK, supported by the Carnegie Trust. I am also a co-Investigator within SIPHER (https://sipher.ac.uk/), a consortium funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership. My work within the Consortium considers how people's lived experience of policy issues can inform systems science efforts to tackle health inequalities.
Affiliated research centres
Between a rock and a hard place: comparing arms’ length bodies for public involvement in healthcare across the UK.
The SIPHER Consortium
Editorial: the importance of sociological approaches to the study of service change in health care
Exploring the neglected and hidden dimensions of large-scale healthcare change
Transforming health care: the policy and politics of service reconfiguration in the UK’s four health systems
Brosnan, C., Vuolanto, P. & Brodin Danell, J-A. (2018) Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Knowledge Production and Social Transformation. Palgrave Macmillan. 2018. 337 p. 2 illus. ISBN 978-3-319-73939-7
A sociology of public responses to hospital change and closure
Involving the public in major service change in Scotland
Barriers and Facilitators of Older People's mHealth Usage:
(De)politicising hospital closures in Scottish health policy 2000-2010