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Alison Edgley

Associate Professor of Social Sciences in Health and Director for the MA Research Methods (Health Pathway) programme, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

I am an Associate Professor and health sociologist (in the School of Health Science since 2002). My expertise lies in conducting epistemologically rigorous and theoretically informed qualitative research. I have brought my sociological perspective and skills to topics of motherhood, fatherhood, mental health, lymphedema, elder hospital care and clinical academic careers among others. The analytical lens I study data through are varied but include critical realism, feminist standpoint, gender, embodiment and emotional labour. Methods I have deployed are observation, interviews and focus groups.

Expertise Summary

Qualitative research methods

Gender

Mental health and recovery

Critical Realism

Feminist Standpoint

Embodiment and emotional labour

Clinical academic careers

Teaching Summary

My main teaching involvement is with Masters and PhD students.

I am programme Director for the MA in Research Methods (Health). I convene and teach on three of the University's ESRC Doctoral Training Centre modules: Philosophy of Social Science Research; Foundations in Qualitative Research; Individual and Group Interviews.

I contribute qualitative and philosophical teaching to other post graduate teaching modules in Midwifery and Nursing.

Research Summary

My research interests concern the application and analysis of qualitative data as well as a concern with epistemological questions. I undertake primary qualitative research and I am increasingly… read more

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Current Research

My research interests concern the application and analysis of qualitative data as well as a concern with epistemological questions. I undertake primary qualitative research and I am increasingly interested in secondary analysis of qualitative data.

I have supervised sixteen PhD students (7 ESRC funded) to successful completion, and currently have a further seven (5 ESRC funded) qualitative studies I am supervising in mental health peer work and recovery; lymphedema care; compassion; courage; continuing professional development. I work to support my students with publication.

In July 2021 I won a University Staff Oscar for Best Research Supervisor.

I retain an interest in the work of Noam Chomsky and have written and edited books with Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan respectively: The Social and Political Thought of Noam Chomsky (2000, 2002) and Noam Chomsky: Critical Explorations in Contemporary Political Thought Series (2015)

School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

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