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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 have a background in Social and Political Theory. I started working in the School of Health Sciences in 2002. During this time I have been thinking and writing about the application of theory to various aspects of health care delivery, research, and research methods looking at topics as diverse as mental health, cancer nursing, medicine regulation and critical realism.

I have a new Book: Edgley, A. (ed) (2015) Noam Chomsky London: Palgrave

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?K=9781137320209&WT.mc_id=EMI_PALGRAVET_1508_SRL1711-Author-publication-notification-Sept%20(1)&WT.i_dcsvid=

In the last few years, I have become increasingly interested in feminist theory - and have begun to think about its application to the study of fibromyalgia, midwifery as well as academic organisation and Clinical Academic Careers.

I am currently leading the School's application its Athena Swan Silver Award.

I combine this with raising two girls.

Expertise Summary

Gender; Mental Health; Qualitative Research; Critical Theory; Critical Realism; The Social and Political Thought of Noam Chomsky

Teaching Summary

I am programme Director for the MA in Research Methods (Health Pathway) which belongs to the University's ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

I convene a Master's level option on Health Care Organisation. I teach on the Master's level Philosophy of Social Science, the Foundations in Qualitative Research and the Advanced Individual and Group Interviews.

I am Dissertation lead for the Graduate Nursing Curriculum and I offer sessional sociological input on all the School's programmes of study.

Research Summary

My current research is a qualitative study exploring the meanings and experiences of working mothers. Alongside this I have an interest in Mental Health and 'recovery'. I have completed a number of… read more

Recent Publications

Current Research

My current research is a qualitative study exploring the meanings and experiences of working mothers. Alongside this I have an interest in Mental Health and 'recovery'. I have completed a number of collaborations: Teaching sociology and philosophy to nurses; Sure Start, air quality, quality of life with cancer as well as neonate nursing and medicine administration. I have also conducted research on medicine regulation and I continue my longstanding interest in the social and political thought of Noam Chomsky. I am currently editing a volume for Routledge.

Doctoral Students

  • Mental Health and the Arts
  • Midwifery decision making in 'normal' labour
  • Moral dilemmas in neonate care (ESRC scholarship) Home/FT (Nursing Studies)
  • Perceptions of Thai care givers of patients with Lung Cancer EU/FT (Nursing Studies)
  • Nurse Administration Medication Errors OS/FT (Nursing Studies)
  • Muslim carer perceptions of illness and disability (Sociology)
  • Quality of life in Thai women in early stage breast cancer during treatment OS/FT (Nursing Studies)
  • Women's decision making regarding MMR (ESRC Scholarship) Home/FT (Sociology)
  • Young Women's experiences with MS (Sociology)
  • Special Need Educational Tribunals - Justice for families? (Nursing Studies)
  • Accident Behaviour F/T (Psychology)

School of Health Sciences

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559
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