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Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart BSc(Hons); DipCommPsych; PhD

Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart

BSc(Hons); DipCommPsych; PhD


+44 29208 76354
+44 (0)29 208 74175
Room 0.76 Glamorgan Building, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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I am a Senior Lecturer in Health Medicine and Society. I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in health, medicine, gender and the environment.

My research interests in Health, Medicine and Society are diverse, ranging from patient experiences, to professional practice, to public policy, social/environmental contexts and medical ontologies.

I have particular interest in work that intersects areas of health, environment and sustainable development, and gender. I am working on a number of interdisciplinary funded projects on health/wellbeing, gender and sustainable place-making working closely with 3rd sector professionals. My most recent work considers the role of National Parks in health and 'green care', where I am working on a range of projects including a geocaching project in Brecon Beacons National Park and an off-road women's only marathon event. 

My approach is underpinned by feminist theories that draw from critical approaches that are attentive to complexity and opportunities for giving status to marginalised or non-normative accounts. Overall my knowledge has been developed through a conglomeration of queer, postmodern, and embodied approaches because I have found these to be a useful theoretical toolkit for a reflections on regulation, subjectivity, materiality, temporality, and affect. I am increasingly interested in the evaluative potential of these approaches for assessing contemporary health/environment policy and practice.  

Recent/forthcoming publications:

Simon-Kumar, R., MacBride-Stewart., S., Baker, S and Saxena, L. P (in press) Towards north-south interconnectedness: A critique of gender dualities in sustainable development, the environment and women’s health. 

MacBride-Stewart, S. and Simon-Kumar, R (in press) The Janus face of infertility in the global north and the south: Reviewing feminist contributions to the debate. In Davis, G and Loughran, T. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History, London: Palgrave

MacBride-Stewart, S., Gong, Y and Antell, J. (2016).  Exploring the interconnections between gender, health and nature. Public Health, 141, 279–286.


Sara MacBride-Stewart is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. She completed her doctorate at Waikato University (New Zealand) in 2001. She previously taught in Gender Studies at Canterbury University, New Zealand. Sara has a professional practice postgraduate qualification in Community Psychology (DipCommPsych, Waikato University, New Zealand).

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

Sustainable Places URI fund (February 2016) Award for Gender and Sustainable Places Research 

Sciences Research Committee (February 2016) Award for Gender and Sustainable Places Research 

Cardiff Incoming Visiting Fellowship Scheme (July 2015) Award (Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar, Auckland University, New Zealand)

Higher Education Academy Affiliate (July 2015) for Research Methods in Medical Education

Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme. (2016, 2015, 2014, 2008) 

'Dying Well' GW4 accelerator bid with GW4 Dying Well Community (2015) Award to develop small research grant 

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Invited Presentations

MacBride-Stewart, S., Harden, J & Collett, T (2015) Teaching Sociology in Undergraduate Medical Education, Webinar hosted by AMEE on Wednesday 14th October

Discussant (papers by Ellen Balka and Susan Leigh Star), conference presentation to Borders, Boundaries and Thresholds of the Body, CRASSH, (Cambridge, 12-13 June, 2009)

MacBride-Stewart, S. (2007) ‘The traffic of lived professional lives: Perspectives on care, professionalism and feminisation’ European Congress in Psychology (Prague, 3-6 July 2007)

MacBride-Stewart, S. (2007) ‘Psychosocial Perspectives on Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women’, presentation to Royal College Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SpROGS) (Cardiff, 23-25 May, 2007)

Key Seminars and Presentations

Macbride-Stewart, S  (2016) ‘Gender and the construction of meaningful engagement with natural environments’, Poster Presentation at Valuing Nature Annual Conference 18 Oct 2016 Manchester

Macbride-Stewart, S  (2016) The problem of realising the health benefits of natural space for gender: contributions to environment and human health from a sociological perspective. BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 7th September – 9th September, 2016, Ashton University   (Invited)

Macbride-Stewart, S  (2016) The problem of realising the health benefits of natural space for gender: contributions to environment and human health from a sociological perspective. BSA Environment and Health - Social Perspectives 19 February, London School of Hygiene 

MacBride-Stewart, S., Simon-Kumar, R., Baker, S., & Patnaik-Saxena, L (2016) (Un)Sustainable Production and Women’s Health: Towards a Feminist Ecologics of North-South Interconnectedness, conference presentation at 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference on Gender, Work and Organization (Accepted in panel on "Developing Feminist Ecologics: Politics, ethics, organization and nature”), 29th June-1st July, 2016, Keele University.

MacBride-Stewart, S, Gong, Y & Antell, J (2016) Articulating a ‘sensitised environment approach’: exploring the interconnections between gender, health and nature, Conference presentation at Environment and Human Health - Social Perspectives (BSA Climate Change, Environment & Health, and London Medsoc groups), 19 February, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London

Gender and Sustainable Place Making Roundtable event, at Sustainable Places Institute, Cardiff University, 27 February 2015.

BeSST Workshop at ASME conference 5-9 Sept Glasgow (2015)

MacBride-Stewart, S., Houston, H., Alcolado, R., Hawthorne, K., & Jones, A.  (2014) Medical Students Learning about ‘the Social’ in a Community Clinical Setting. 4th Annual Curriculum Conference: C21 Showcase, Cardiff School of Medicine, Friday, 7th March 2014

MacBride-Stewart, S., Stone, A., & Hawthorne, K. (2013) Tricking medical students or taming sociology? A critical assessment of the 'integration' of sociology into medical education via 'innovative' methods, Conference presentation at BSA MedSoc,  11-13 September, University of York

Brooks, L., Collett, T., Forrest, S., Kendall, K & MacBride-Stewart, S (2013) Sociology in medical education: state of the art and future directions. Conference presentation at BSA MedSoc,  11-13 September, University of York

BeSST Regional Workshop (London and South and Wales) 13 June 2013 ‘State of the Art Teaching and Future Developments’ in Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London.

MacBride-Stewart, S. J. (2012) ‘When I first trained, doctors were very caring but they died young’: Work/care regimes, the ‘new’ general practice and care of the self. Paper presented at Gender Work and Organization, 7th Biennial International Interdisciplinary conference, Keele University, 27th-29th June 2012

MacBride-Stewart, S. J. (2012) ‘When I first trained doctors were very caring but they died young’: Work/care regimes, the ‘new’ general practice and care of the self. Paper presented at British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th April 2012.

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2015-present           PhD Co-ordinator (SocSi)

2015-                   Convenor Journal Club – Gender and Sustainable Place-making (Sustainable Places Institute)

2010-2015           Year Two Tutor

2010-2014           Convenor Gender and Sexualities Research group

2009-2010           SocSi Ethics Committee Member

2007-2009           Library Representative

External Committees:

2016         Guest Editor for AMEE MedEd Publish Special Issue: Social and Behavioural Sciences in Medical Education

2010-current      BESST (Behavioural and Social Science Teaching in Medicine) Committee Member

2009-2015           Social Science Vertical Theme Lead, Cardiff School of Medicine

2005-2015           British Sociological Association (BSA) Medical Society, Wales, Regional Co-Ordinator

2015-                    HEA Associate

Reviewer for numerous journals including Medical Education, Sociology Health and Illness, Qualitative Research

Reviewer for Funding bodies inc NCIHR

















I am a module leader in my specialist areas of Gender Relations & Society (year 2) and Sociology of Health Illness & Medicine (year 3). I teach at undergraduate and graduate levels, across programmes and across schools. 

I an interested in supervising research in the following areas: environment, gender and health especially in relation to promoting sustainable health, social justice and equalities. That is, the ways in which natural environments (including national and urban parks) contribute to a health, well-being and social-justice agenda is of particular interest. In the context of global environmental pressures, I am interested in the interconnectedness in and between contexts, tensions between protecting nature and destroying nature, disenfranchised and connected communities, as well as alternative systems and institutional frameworks in which innovative approaches to gender, health and environmental changes/impacts are being advanced.

I will also consider supervision in the following topics and /or theoretical perspectives: patient experiences, professional practice, public policy, feminist theories, queer, postmodern, and embodied approaches related to regulation, subjectivity, materiality, temporality, and affect. 

I am currently working on funded projects on gender and sustainable development, representations of dying well, and social science in medicine.


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Andrea Cooper

Research student