My research explores the social, cultural and political aspects of health care and healthcare improvement. My work is ethnographic, exploring healthcare organisation, knowledge and governance.
After an undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Queensland I worked as a research assistant in the Department of Nursing at the University of Technology, Sydney. I moved to the UK in 1997 and worked for eight years at the British Medical Association on a longitudinal study of doctors' careers. I studied for a masters in health services/systems research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science. My dissertation, on how early career doctors understood and organised their work, was published in Sociology of Health and Illness.
I stayed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to complete a PhD in anthropology, supervised by Judith Green and Justin Waring. My doctoral research explored the intersection of publics, professionals, knowledge, and place in the politics of healthcare, through the case of hospital closures. The findings were published in Social Science and Medicine. Whilst at the LSHTM I convened, with Oliver Bonnington, the London Medical Sociology Study Group.
Following my PhD I participated in a workshop on 'Decentering health policy: Narratives, resistance, and practices' at the Centre for British Studies, University of California, Berkeley. My paper on sedimented governance in the English NHS was published as a chapter in Decentering Health Policy, edited by Mark Bevir and Justin Waring.
My post doctoral research, at University College London, was on the governance of quality and safety in hospitals. This study, with colleagues at University College London, Kings and Imperial, has been published in BMJ Quality and Safety. I joined the School of Health Sciences in 2018.
I am a member of the British Sociological Association, the editorial board of Sociology of Health and Illness, and the Health Policy and Politics Network. I am an executive member of the Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare.
I am interested in social science approaches to healthcare policy and governance, organisation, professional communities, and care practices. I am currently studying the role of clinical leaders in healthcare governance.