Liz has worked in the field of health and social policy research for the last twenty-five years. Following her PhD she worked at Policy Studies Institute, London, where she was involved in designing and managing a large-scale survey of individuals and families funded by the ESRC. She was appointed as the William Rathbone VI Chair of Community Nursing Research in 2004. Latterly, she has focused on undertaking qualitative studies using non-participant observation, in-depth interviews and documentary analysis. Professor Perkins works mainly in interdisciplinary research teams. Decision-making, either by professionals or patients, is a theme which runs through much of her research. She is a member of the People and Animals and their Health (PATHS) group.