Health research

Alan Petersen ​has interests in the sociology of public health and health promotion, the sociology of new and emerging health technologies, ageing and health, and digital health. His research has been funded by the ARC, including recent projects on stem cell tourism and on the market of anti-ageing treatments. This work has explored the operations of promissory discourse, hope and expectation in neoliberal healthcare (e.g. Hope in Health: The Socio-Politics of Optimism (Palgrave, 2015), and Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope (Palgrave, 2017). Alan is currently undertaking two new projects funded by the ARC—a sociological study of patients’ use of digital media; and expectations in healthcare testing, focusing on the Australian national cancer screening programs (breast, bowel, cervical) and clinical practice. He is co-convenor of the Health and Biofutures Focus Program.

Mark Davis’ research focuses on health and society with reference to emerging infectious diseases, transformative pharmaceutical and diagnostic technologies, and the turn to digital media and narrative in health communications. Mark has held grants from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project (ARC DP) and Linkage programmes. He currently leads an international team researching the social aspects of antimicrobial resistance, supported by an ARC DP. He is Visiting Reader in the School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University and co-convenes the Health and Biofutures Focus Programme.

John Gardner’s work is situated in the field of science and technology studies (STS) and medical sociology. His general research interest is the social, political and ethical dimensions of biomedical innovation, with a specific focus on neurotechnologies and regenerative medicine. He was previously the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) at the University of York.  Here, worked on an ESRC-funded project exploring the social dynamics of the regenerative medicine in the UK and Europe. His PhD was funded by the Wellcome Trust, and involved ethnographic research of a clinical team providing deep brain stimulation to children and young people with severe movement disorders. This work is published in his monograph Rethinking the Clinical Gaze (Palgrave, 2017). John is Research Fellow in the Health and Biofutures Focus Programme.

JaneMaree Maher is Professor in the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Sociology in the School of Social Sciences.Her research is focused in two key areas of gendered social science: women’s work and family, and gendered violences. Her health research critically examine the interactions of familes and societieswith an emphasis on how neo-liberal discourses of health and consumption impact on family relationships. Her current project is the ARC funded DP160100257 Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences exploring the mobilisation of children as vectors for public health messages and she recently published Consuming Families (Routledge 2013) with Associate Professor Jo Lindsay.  

Jo Lindsay specialises in the sociology of families and consumption. Over-consumption and the health of families and communities are central themes of her research. With JaneMaree Maher she authored Consuming Families: Buying, Making, Producing Family Life in the 21st Century.  Jo is currently working with colleagues to explore the management of food and healthy eating in families with the project Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences and the management of alcohol consumption by young people with the project Alcohol use and harm minimisation among Australian university students.