Marion Smith

Lectureship in Health and Society


I am a social scientist with teaching and research interests in the roles of language and communication in social life, especially in relation to health and healthcare.  I studied English Language and Literature at the University of Manchester before completing an MPhil in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. My PhD research also at Cambridge was on the sociology of language and pain.

I have held posts as a Research Fellow at the Universities of Sussex and Keele.  At Keele I worked in the School of Social Relations and in the Primary Care Research Centre as well as teaching for the Medical School.

I moved to Edinburgh in 2005, where I teach on health and society, research methods, and conduct postgraduate workshops.

I am currently on the editorial board of Sociological Review.

I have also worked for a number of years in academic publishing.

Undergraduate teaching

Programme Director: Health, Science and Society

Postgraduate teaching

ISSH PhD Programme Director

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