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Biography

Sarah has an interdisciplinary background in sociology, anthropology and public health. Sarah works on the everyday experience of intersectional inequalities within healthcare and social spaces with a focus on gender, racialisation and life transitions such as maternity and midlife. With expertise in combining ethnography, life history methods and other qualitative approaches, Sarah often works in collaboration with scholars from multiple different disciplines, as well as public health practitioners and policy makers, biomedical professionals and community and activist-based organisations.

Exploring questions of how populations are configured and made to matter in (urban) public health and policy at different points in time and over the life course, Sarah is currently leading research on

  1. Maternal health and the unequal accumulation of multi-morbidities in minoritised groups; investigating racisms and racialisation in healthcare
  2. The interface between primary care, other medical specialisms, and maternal & public health; how care is enacted in these relations and spaces, and how illnesses and patients are imagined.

Sarah also has on-going interests in intimate inequalities, building on her research on the doing of ‘new’ intimacies among women of the later ‘baby boom’ generation in mid and later life. This work explores the intersections of whiteness and class with femininity, heterosexuality and ageing, and has contributed to sociologies of the family, sexuality and relationships, as well as ageing studies and feminist public health.

Previously Sarah worked as a Research Fellow at LSHTM, where she led and collaborated on various forms of qualitative evaluations of public health interventions in local authority settings, specifically those which sought to address systemic inequalities, such as alcohol licensing, urban planning and welfare reforms for older people; and how these approaches have changed over time.

Sarah teaches and supervises at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine Sarah has developed new sociology teaching and convened the ‘Health Inequalities’ course for the iBSc Primary Care students, and guest taught on ‘Sociology of Public Health’ for the MSc Public Health. At LSHTM Sarah taught on ‘Analysis of Global Health Policy’, ‘Medical Anthropology’, ‘Principles of Social Research’ and various qualitative research methods courses and initiatives.