My research is on healthcare organisation, knowledge and governance, drawing from anthropology, sociology, and poltiical science.
I studied anthropology at the University of Queensland and then joined the Department of Nursing at the University of Technology, Sydney, as a research assistant. In 1997 I moved to London and worked in the health policy and economic research unit at the British Medical Association on a ten-year longitudinal study of doctors' careers. During this time I also completed 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 thesis on changes in medical professionalism was published in Sociology of Health and Illness.
I stayed at the LSHTM to complete a PhD in anthropology. My doctoral research explored the intersection of publics, knowledge, and place in the politics of health care, looking at the case of hospital closures in England. At the LSHTM I convened, with Oliver Bonnington, the London Medical Sociology Study Group.
Following my PhD I was part of a part of 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 Decentring Health Policy: Learning from British Experiences in Healthcare Governance (Routledge) edited by Mark Bevir and Justin Waring.
My postdoctoral research, at University College London, was on the governance of quality and safety in hospitals. I joined the School of Health Sciences in 2018.
I am a Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an executive member of the Society for Studies in Organising Healthcare. Since 2016 I have been a member of the Scientific Committee for the international conference on Organisational Behaviour in Health Care.
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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.