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

Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart

BSc(Hons); DipCommPsych; PhD

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Email:
macbride-stewarts@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 76354
Fax:
+44 (0)29 208 74175
Location:
Room 0.76 Glamorgan Building, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision

Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Health Medicine and Society, in the School of Social Sciences. Her research expertise includes gender and place-based approaches; sustainable development and gender and interconnections between global north-south; health, wellbeing and access to National Parks, and citizen science.

Her work explores interconnections between health/wellbeing, environment and gender. She is working with National Parks and Regional Parks in New Zealand and Wales, exploring their role in the health policy agenda from a diverse user perspective. With an interest in how users experience green spaces, her work also explores the social, physical, emotional and sensory dimensions of human-nature relationships in the context of human wellbeing.  This work examines the role of designated landscape and green care in human wellbeing

Sara has recently completed a mixed methods study with a youth-access geocaching project in Brecon Beacons National Park, and off-road/trail, long-distance running events in protected (designated) areas in the UK and NZ. She uses advanced 'mobile' qualitative and mixed methods, suitable for place-based research.

Sara is the co-applicant on a Newton-Ungku Omar Fund: Advanced Fellowship with Dr Zeeda Fatimah Mohamad at the University of Malaya for a research project called “The application of systems and place-based methods for enhancing citizen science as a participatory approach for watershed conservation” (2018-2020)

Sara's approach is underpinned by feminist theories that draw from critical approaches that exemine complexity and give status to marginalised or non-normative accounts. Her knowledge has been developed through a conglomeration of postmodern, and materialist approaches. She has found these to be a useful theoretical toolkit for a reflection on regulation, subjectivity, materiality, spatiality, temporality, and affect. She is interested in exploring the evaluative potential of these approaches for assessing contemporary health and wellbeing policy and practice in the context of environment and ecological concerns. 

Sara welcomes students to contact her for postgradute supervision in any of these areas. 

Recently Published:

MacBride-Stewart (in press) Studying Place. SAGE Research Methods Foundations

MacBride-Stewart, Parsons, C & Caratini, I (in press) Playfulness and game play: Using geocaching to engage young people’s wellbeing in a National Park. Gamification in Tourism. Channel View aspects of tourism series (BOOKCHAPTER)

NEW: MacBride-Stewart, S. (2019). Atmospheres, landscapes and nature: Off-road runners’ experiences of well-being. Health, 23(2), 139–157. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459318785675

MacBride-Stewart, S., Butler, C., & Fox, N. J. (2019). Editorial: Special Issue on Society, Environment and Health. Health, 23(2), 117–121. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459318816138

Simon-Kumar, R., MacBride-Stewart., S., Baker, S and Saxena, L. P (2018). Towards north-south interconnectedness: a critique of gender dualities in sustainable development, the environment and women's health. Gender, Work and Organization 25(3), pp. 246-263. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/gwao.12193

MacBride-Stewart, S. and Simon-Kumar, R (2017) 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. pp 461-490. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-52080-7_20

Read, S. and MacBride-Stewart, S (2017). The ‘good death’ and reduced capacity: a literature review. Mortality: 1-15  DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2017.1339676  http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rcHPFuAbTmdxgENkrgTn/full

MacBride-Stewart, S., Gong, Y., & Antell, J (2016). Exploring the interconnections between gender, health and nature. Public Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.09.020

Public Engagement

  1. Media Coverage - Cardiff University Website and Women Can Website * https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1117327-women-only-marathon-a-perfect-fit
  2. Feedback Report - published Cardiff University Website and Women Can Website *distributed to all race entrants https://www.womencan.co.uk/news
  3. Explore Tiny Worlds of Moss in Merthyr https://www.facebook.com/VisitMerthyr/posts/1084867828340920

Qualifications

2004         Postgraduate diploma in Community Psychology, Psychology, Waikato University, NZ

2001         Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Waikato University, NZ

1990         Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Psychology, Otago University, NZ

Academic Appointments

2007-      Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

2017-      Visiting Senior Academic, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2004-6    Senior Researcher, Cardiff Institute of Society Health and Ethics, Cardiff University

2002-4    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ)

2001-2    Lecturer, Gender Studies, University of Canterbury

Recent Invited Presentations (2017-2015)

  • MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) Designated places for public wellbeing, environmental conservation or both? How can the concept of ‘interconnectedness’ help? United Nations University, 11 Nov, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) Towards North-South Interconnectedness: Sustainable  Development & Women’s Health, National Postgraduate and Scholars’ Conference on Science, Technology and Society 2017 (STS 2017): Panel "Science, Technology & Innovation: The Way Forward in the Era of Sustainability".
  • MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) Landscape as a wellbeing element: Global and local effects Presented at School of Population Health Auckland University 09 Nov 2017
  • MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) ‘Gender, health and outdoor space: contributions to environment and human health from a sociological perspective’, SCHEMA Workshop: Promoting Health through Green Infrastructure, Jan 10-12, 2017, Kuching Malaysia (Invited).
  • MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) ‘Methods “In Place”’, SCHEMA Workshop: Promoting Health through Green Infrastructure, Jan 10-12, 2017, Kuching Malaysia (Invited).
  • MacBride-Stewart, S., Harden, J & Collett, T (2015) Teaching Sociology in Undergraduate Medical Education, Webinar hosted by AMEE on Wednesday 14th October

 Recent Publications (2018-2013)

  • MacBride-Stewart, S (in press) Atmospheres, landscapes and nature: Off-road runners’ experiences of wellbeing. Forthcoming in Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine
  • Simon-Kumar, R., MacBride-Stewart., S., Baker, S and Saxena, L. P (2017) Towards north-south interconnectedness: A critique of gender dualities in sustainable development, the environment and women’s health. Gender Work & Organization [Open Access] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwao.12193/pdf
  • Read, S and MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) The ‘good death’ and reduced capacity: A literature review. Mortality 1-15 DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2017.1339676 
  • http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rcHPFuAbTmdxgENkrgTn/full
  • MacBride-Stewart, S. and Simon-Kumar, R (2017) 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. pp 461-490. DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-52080-7_20
  • MacBride-Stewart, S., Gong, Y., & Antell, J (2016). Exploring the interconnections between gender, health and nature. Public Health, 141, 279-286  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2016.09.020
  • Harden, J., Kendall, K., & MacBride-Stewart, S. (2016) Editorial: Teaching Social and Behavioural Sciences in Medical Education MedEd Publish http://dx.doi.org/10.15694/mep.2016.000087
  • Harden, J., Kendall, K., & MacBride-Stewart, S. (2016) Concluding Commentary: Teaching Social and Behavioural Sciences in Medical Education MedEd Publish http://dx.doi.org/10.15694/mep.2016.000166
  • MacBride-Stewart, S, Johns, N & Green, A, 2016. Understanding same-sex marriage as equality, but with exceptions, Families, Relationships and Societies. 5(2), pp. 229-245. http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674315X14303090852878
  • MacBride-Stewart, S, 2014. Motivations for the ‘gift-of-care’ in the context of the modernisation of medicine. Social Theory Health 12(1) 84-104 doi:10.1057/sth.2013.22
  • Johns, N., MacBride-Stewart, S., Powell, M., and Green, A., 2014. "When is positive action not positive action?” Exploring the conceptual meaning and implications of the tie-break criterion in the UK Equality Act 2010, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 33 (1), 97 – 113
  • MacBride-Stewart, S. J. 2014. Horowitz, R. In the public interest: medical licensing and the disciplinary process. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. 2013. [Book Review]. Sociology of Health & Illness36(8), 1296-1297. 10.1111/1467-9566.12205
  • MacBride-Stewart, S. J. 2013. Stacey, C.L. The caring self: The work experiences of home care aides, New York: Cornell University Press. 2011. [Book Review]. Sociology of Health & Illness35(4), pp. 647-648. (10.1111/1467-9566.12060)
  • MacBride-Stewart, S. 2013. The effort to control time in the ‘new’ general practice. Sociology of Health and Illness, 35(4), 560–574

Memberships and Activities

  • 2017-current Co-coordinator BSA Medical Sociology Special Interest Group on Environment and Human Health
  • 2009-current Membership British Sociological Society
  • 2015 (July) Registered as HEA Affiliate (by invitation)
  • 2015 (July) Association of Medical Educators (AMEE) Affiliate (by invitation)
  • 2010-2017 BeSST Committee membership (National group of Sociologists and Psychologists teaching in Medicine)
  • 2010-2017 BeSST Social Sciences in Medicine Curriculum Design (see Regional Workshops)
  • 2009-2014 Wales British Sociological Society Medical Sociology Regional Representative

Honours and awards

British Academy Newton  (Malaysia) (2018) Project: ‘The application of systems and place-based methods for enhancing citizen science as a participatory approach for watershed conservation’ with Dr Zeeda Fatima Mohammed (University of Malay) and Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart’. Submitted 21 March 2017. Total: £74,000 NEWTON-UNGKU OMAR FUND: ADVANCED FELLOWSHIP (SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES) 

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, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2008) 

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

Professional memberships

  • Co-coordinator BSA Medical Sociology Special Interest Group on Environment and Human Health
  • HEA Associate (by invitation);
  • Association of Medical Educators (AMEE) Affiliate (by invitation);
  • Behavioural and Social Sciences Teaching (BeSST) Committee membership;
  • Membership British Sociological Society

Academic positions

  • Senior Researcher, Cardiff Institute of Society Health and Ethics, Cardiff University (2004-6);
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ) (2002-4);
  • Lecturer, Gender Studies, University of Canterbury (2001-2)

Speaking engagements

Invited Presentations

MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) ‘Gender, health and outdoor space: contributions to environment and human health from a sociological perspective’, SCHEMA Workshop: Promoting Health through Green Infrastructure, Jan 10-12, 2017, Kuching Malaysia (Invited).

MacBride-Stewart, S (2017) ‘Methods “In Place”’, SCHEMA Workshop: Promoting Health through Green Infrastructure, Jan 10-12, 2017, Kuching Malaysia (Invited).

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  (2017) Can landscape be a wellbeing concept?. 2nd Environment and Human Health Conference, BSA MedSoc Study Group, 27 October 2017, Cardiff University

Macbride-Stewart, S  (2017) Geocaching in a National Park: Materializing health inequalities, re-materializing health. BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 13-15th September 2017, York University.

Macbride-Stewart, S  (2017)  The problem of realising the health benefits of natural space for gender: Contributions to environment and human health from a sociological perspective Healthy Spaces 17 May 2017 York University  

Macbride-Stewart, S  (2017)  The health benefits of natural space for gender: an investigation of the gendered experience of nature and health in a geocaching activity in Brecon Beacons National Park using ‘walking interviews’. Gender in Wales Then and Now: Representations, Understandings and Lived Experiences 7th June 2017, Swansea University.

Macbride-Stewart, S  (2017) Are national parks sites for public wellbeing, environmental conservation or both? How can the concept of ‘interconnectedness’ help? BSA Annual Conference 4-6 April 2017 University of Manchester

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) ‘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 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.

Committees and reviewing

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

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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 am the co-applicant on a Newton-Ungku Omar Fund: Advanced Fellowship with Dr Zeeda Fatimah Mohamad at the University of Malaya for a research project called “The application of systems and place-based methods for enhancing citizen science as a participatory approach for watershed conservation” (2018-2020)

During my University Study Leave (2018-19) I completed research on the use of nature spaces for wellbeing and impacts of wellbeing. My publications are listed on the previous page. A report for the co-participants of this research can be found here: https://www.womencan.co.uk/news

Funding Awards (External)

  • British Academy Newton Newton-Ungku Omar Fund: Advanced Fellowship (Social Sciences & Humanities) 2017 (Malaysia) Project: ‘The application of systems and place-based methods for enhancing citizen science as a participatory approach for watershed conservation’ with Dr Zeeda Fatima Mohammed (University of Malay) and Dr Sara MacBride-Stewart’. (2018-2020) (Total: £74,000)
  • Higher Education Academy Affiliate (July 2015) (Contract with Dr Jenni Carr & HEA). Research Project on “Research Methods Teaching in Medical Education” Awarded [£ expenses covered] (July 2015)
  • 'Dying Well' GW4 accelerator bid with GW4 Dying Well Community (2015) Dr Sally Anstey et al (March 2015) on “Dying with Reduced Agency: People, Places, Principles and Policies”. (Total: £74,881)

Funding Awards (Internal)

  • Cardiff Incoming Visiting Fellowship Scheme (July 2015) Research programme on “Sustainability, Gender and Health” with Dr Rachel Simon-Kumar, Auckland New Zealand Awarded (Total: £3003.50)
  • 2 Cardiff University Small Grant Internal Grant funding between 2017-2016 for projects on ‘Gender and Sustainable Environments’ (Total £9,820)
  • 6 Cardiff University Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) between 2018-2014 for projects on ‘Geocaching as an ‘Ecosystem Service’; ‘Making an national park ‘accessible’; Gender, Health and Outdoor Space; Curriculum Innovation for Social Science in Medicine (Total £9,730)

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. 

Current Doctoral Students

Jessica Antell

Lucy Sheehan

Andrea Cooper

Nia Came

Current supervision

Lucy Sheehan

Research student

Andrea Cooper

Research student

Past projects

Completed Doctoral Students

Josie Austin (ESRC+3) Young people, bodily pleasure and sex/uality: A phenomenological study (2011-2017)

Julie Latchem (ESRC +3) Shaping, sharing and negotiating futures in brain injury rehabilitation (2013-2017)

Sanley Albia (Nippon Fellowship) Collaborative Arrangements between shipping organizations and private maritime colleges in the Philippines: A Case Study of Cadetship Programs (2010-2016)

Gwyn Owen (Professional Doctorate) The identity of physiotherapy - language, values & practice (2007-2015)

Sarah Whitcombe-Hayes (ESRC 1+3) Families, kinship and sexuality: queer sexuality and the reconfiguration of extended family structures, dynamics, and relationships (2009- 2014)

Rosanne Sutton (Professional Doctorate) ‘Learning to play the part of the therapeutic radiographer: The drama of clinical placement’ (2007-2014)

Areas of expertise

External profiles