Sophie Rooney 

Postgraduate Research Student  


Sophie has a BA in Geography from Lancaster University and a MCD in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Liverpool.  

She worked in consultancy (Socio-economic Development and Urban Planning) before commencing her PhD.

Thesis Title

"Expectations and Experiences of Cancer in Liverpool since 1948" 

Research Interests

Liverpool has some of the highest rates of cancer in the UK. Although the NHS has provided free health care for all since 1948, cancer charities have continued to fundraise to supplement state-funded clinical research, and to provide support for cancer patients and their families. There is now a well-established association between the areas of highest cancer incidence and mortality and those with the highest levels of socio-economic deprivation. Poorer people often seek medical advice later with signs of advanced cancer, and there appears to be a ‘fatalism’ response that is historically constructed. 

Sophie’s research will explore how the variation in cancer in Liverpool since 194is related to wider socio-economic and political issues; how cancer research and treatment policies have been influenced by different funding and NHS structures within the city region since 1948; and what role public expectations and experiences have played in creating distinct socio-economic ‘histories’ of cancer.  

Wider interests: 

  • Spatial inequalities 
  • Public health  
  • Economic development in Liverpool  
  • Historical narratives  
  • Social history of Liverpool 

Research Funding

Sophie was awarded a fully funded Studentship by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a CASE Doctoral Award with North West Cancer Research (NWCR).