My research explores how social injustice can be seen and acted on through understanding experiences of health and illness. I am passionate about using qualitative methods to explore how healthcare interventions can address inequality, with a view to informing and improving the design of public services. I am an interdisciplinary social scientist, spanning the fields of medical sociology, medical anthropology and science and technology studies.
I am committed to understanding how improvements in healthcare can be implemented in ways that are equitable and sustainable. I work within the Cancer Group exploring how to deliver on the promise of new tests and technologies of cancer detection. I collaborate with the University of Bristol, exploring how to develop long-lasting connections between primary care teams and domestic violence & abuse support services in order to identify and help more people affected by abuse.
I have been involved in a range of projects exploring impacts of pandemic. These include: the unfair burden of the pandemic on minorities; differences in experiences of Covid stigma across countries; how Long Covid has affected families; how vaccines have affected people living with Long Covid; and how the pandemic changed the healthcare response to domestic violence and abuse.
Other projects I have worked on include: evaluating the challenges of using smart phones for asthma self-management; developing food voucher interventions to alleviate food poverty; and exploring the rapid growth of high-street and DIY ‘injectable’ cosmetic practices.
As a methodologist I am interested in anti-racist research approaches, cross-country qualitative comparative analysis, and how to minimise and address the rising impact of 'imposter' research participants.
I have received grant funding from the National Institute of Health Research, the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, the Medical Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.
I am a tutor on the Oxford Qualitative Research Methods courses, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, where I undertook my PhD between 2015-18. I am also a Board member and Editor at the scholar-led open access monograph publisher Mattering Press.
Feasibility of a reconfigured domestic violence and abuse training and support intervention responding to affected women, men, children and young people through primary care
Szilassy E. et al, (2024), BMC Primary Care, 25
Negotiating un/sanitary citizenship: the reception of UK government COVID-19 public health messaging by racialised people highly exposed to infection
Dowrick A. et al, (2024), Anthropology & Medicine, 1 - 16
General practice wide adaptations to support patients affected by DVA during the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid qualitative study
Dixon S. et al, (2023), BMC Primary Care, 24
Immunisations and imagining imperilled fertility: Women's trials of COVID-19 vaccines and reproductive/citizenship transgressions in pandemic times
Qureshi K. et al, (2023), Women's Studies International Forum, 100
Negotiation of collective and individual candidacy for long Covid healthcare in the early phases of the Covid-19 pandemic: Validated, diverted and rejected candidacy
Maclean A. et al, (2023), SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, 3