Social Science of Health and Medicine Research Collaborative


Our mission is to enhance and further the development of the social sciences in the fields of health including: public health, health care and medicine.

The Social Science in Health and Medicine Collaborative draws together a critical mass of social scientists researching issues relating to public health and health inequalities; health services; the health and illness experiences of individuals, communities and populations; as well as studies of medicine, medical technologies and clinical contexts. Taken together, this body of work has been instrumental in informing policy, shaping the delivering of health services, involving communities and patient groups in determining a public health agenda, understanding the biosocial implications of medical interventions and contributing to theoretical and methodological debates.

With a concern for the human, social, cultural and experiential, the social sciences have been vital to understanding the ways in which public health, health care and the experiences of health and healing are embedded in various forms of social life such as, politics, the economy, the family and community, and worlds of work.

This collaborative is based within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and is a key constituency of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society. It draws together a unique body of social science experts currently working on public health, healthcare and medical concerns in the UK today.

Its aim is to create a visible identity for social scientists working in health and medicine across the University of Liverpool, the Collaborative will act as a forum for critical dialogue and discussion around research issues. It will contribute to the development of research proposals and sharing of innovative methodologies, theories and new research ideas to promote inter- and multi disciplinary working designed to advance the contribution of social sciences to studies of public health, health care and medicine.

Our mission is to enhance and further the development of the social sciences in the fields of health including: public health, health care and medicine.

Its role is to:

  • Support the development of the social sciences of health and medicine
  • Foster a growing community of social scientists involved in researching and critical engagement with issues relating to the study of health and medicine. These include studies on health inequalities; patient perspectives, health care as social justice, science and technology studies and cross-cultural issues in global health and development.
  • To enhance training in the theory and methods of social sciences for PGR students and researchers.
  • To host Liverpool University’s ‘Health & Wellbeing’ pathway for the Northwest (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).
  • To develop an associated pathway MRes.
  • To promote PhD funding and scholarship.
  • To facilitate and contribute to engage@liverpool, the cross-university PGR training programme.

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