Professor Joanna Latimer
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Areas of Expertise
- Sociology of medicine and nursing;
- The Politics of Health Care;
- Ageing Science;
- Clinical Genetics;
- The Body;
- Participation, performance and identity;
- Social theory (post-structuralism, materiality, feminist epistemology and ethics, symbolic interactionism, ethnomethodology, anthropology);
- Discourse and textual analysis.
My research works between medical sociology and the social study of science and technology, with a focus on biopolitics and the cultural and existential effects and affects of how science, care and medicine are done.
I am interested in supervising theoretically engaged studies of:
- The body and illness.
My interests and expertise are in:
- Medicine and care at the interface with ageing
- Older people and biology
- Paediatric genetics
- Aspects of (bio)medicine and care
- The place of the non-human (technology, animals and other materials) in the co-construction of the social.
I studied English Literature at London University, which is where I was rigorously trained in the interpretation of text. I was meant to go on to do a DLitt at Oxford but I felt I wanted to make a more practical contribution to society. Having worked as a cleaner and auxiliary nurse in a hospital for older people, I went on to train as a nurse at University College Hospital, London. I worked as a nurse for ten years, including helping found the first nurse-led, inner-city Community Hospital, and ending as a ward sister of an acute medical ward at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. I published in nursing as a student nurse and as a ward sister, writing about learning to listen, what is stressful in nursing and about the founding of an experimental nurse-run community unit. In 1986 I won a Scottish Home and Health Department Nursing Research Training Fellowship that funded my research training in Social Science at Edinburgh University. I then went on to complete my doctorate on the assessment and care of older people in acute hospitals as a self funded part-time student, with two breaks for maternity leave. My first academic post was as Senior Research Fellow in Nursing at Keele University where I was charged with helping to engender a research culture to assist in North Staffordshire College of Nursing and Midwifery's transition into the university sector. I helped set up the Centre for Nursing Research there, of which I became acting director. I was also appointed Honorary Research Fellow to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, where I taught two courses on the masters in medical anthropology programme. I then took up a post as Research Officer in the Keele Centre for Social Gerontology, where I helped obtain nearly a million pounds in research funds. From there I moved to a lectureship in Social Science in 1999 at the newly founded school in Cardiff, progressing to Chair in 2009.
Current Undergraduate Teaching
- Social Theory
- The Body, Health and Medicine
- Power, Culture and Identity
- Advanced Sociology of Medicine, Health and Illness (current convenor)
Current Masters (MSC Social Science Research Methods/MSc/Professional Doctorate)
- Health, Biomedicine and Society
- Masters of Genetic Counselling (Institute of Medical Genetics)
- Interviews and Interviewing
- Associate, ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics
- Co-Chair CASciOPE
- Medicine, Science & Culture (Mesc) - Culture, Imagination and Practice Research Group - Post-human Theory Cluster
- Social Theory Forum
Current Doctoral Students
B. Coad (ESRC WIN +3) Structural & functional behavioural variant frontal lobe dementia (2013-17)
M. Journeaux (Professional Doctorate) 'Looking back to look forward' - Enlightenment and Empowerment: Exploring how nurses have made sense of their educational experience. (2013-18)
E. Whitfied (ESRC +3) Reflexivity and the third age. (2013-16)
J. Latchem (ESRC +3) Shaping, sharing and negotiating futures in brain injury rehabilitation (2013-16)
S. Flatt. (PT PhD) Spiritual Care in the Acute Setting: A multi-disciplinary responsibility? (2012-17)
H. Strange (PhD Welsh Government's National Institute for Social Care and Health Research Studentship) Emerging non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) technologies. 2011-15
T. Banks. (PhD Full-time) Identity and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) rehabilitation? 2011-15.
S. Davies. (ESRC 1+3) Alternative Futures: how and when is anti-ageing green? 2010-15.
G.Thomas. (ESRC +3) Down's Syndrome: Experiences of Stigma in the Family 2010-14.
D. Clarke. (PT PhD) Experience of gay men undertaking undergraduate nursing courses. 2005-14.
- S. Clifton. (MPhil) Independence & Interdependence in Palliative Cancer Care. 2005-14
- M. Andrews-Evans. (Professional Doctorate). High-level Nursing Service Performance Indicators for Assessment of the Quality of the Nursing Service in a NHS Organisation? 2005-2012.
- H. Burgon (ESRC 1+3). An exploratory study of horsemanship as therapeutic intervention for disadvantaged young people. 2006-2011.
- P. White. (+ 3 ESRC Studentship). The significance of a life threatening event: an interpretive ethnographic inquiry with survivors of an Intensive Care Unit. 2002-2008.
- A. Hillman. (School Bursary 1+ 3). Social exclusion and the contemporary organisation of health care: an ethnography of older people in Accident and Emergency. 2003-2008
- A. Mylles. (School Bursary 1+ 3). The Social Construction of Sexual Identity within an Organisational Setting. 2003-2008.
- D. Evans. (ESRC 1+ 3 Studentship). Buying into Bohemia: Shopping for morality. 2002-2006.
- R. Bridgens (ESRC 1+ 3 Studentship). Silenced voices: understanding postpolio syndrome through illness narratives. 2001-2005.
- Dr H. Charles-Jones. (NHSE New Blood Fellowship) Primary health care team manager, family doctor or general physician? An ethnography of the role of the general practitioner under change agendas. 2000-2003.
- E. Barradell (School of Post-Graduate Medicine, Keele University) Participation of families and older people in the social organisation of the nursing home. 1998-2001
- N. Brocklehurst (NHSE New Blood Fellow). Evaluation of clinical supervision in community care nursing. 1996-1999
- P. Day. (Mphil) Community psychiatric nursing: knowledge and theories in use, Keele University, 1997-2000
- Dr J. Wright. (MPhil).Diabetic patients in general practice: their understandings of the long-term affects of diabetes and their experiences of how diabetes is managed. 1996-1999
- Ageing & biology
- Genetic, science & medicine
- The body & personhood
- Health/social care & older people: politics and practices
- Contemporary social philosophy/(post)humanisms
- Animals & other non-humans in the ordering of social relations
- Contemporary art & sculpture
Culture, Imagination & Practice Research Group (CIP)
Ethnography, Culture and Interpretive Analysis