Lecturer in Sociology
University of Sussex
Catherine teaches and researches on topics including health policy and practice, the growth of preventive medicine and methodology in both the medical and social sciences. She is interested in interdisciplinary work based on her own experience in a number of different social sciences and in the ways that other sciences produce knowledge and evidence. She joined the University of Sussex in 2007 and now teaches both sociologists and medical students on a range of courses. She is currently co-convenor of the British Sociological Association's Medical Sociology Group, which has been central to the development of this field since its foundation in the 1960s.
Catherine plans to spend her time as a NICE scholar looking at different sites where ordinary people's preferences and values are brought into the work of NICE. These might be included in discussions of ‘acceptability' in production of guidance of different kinds, and she is interested to understand what kinds of evidence are used to explore this issue. Analysis of the practice of guidance production will be used to map possible opportunities for the Institute to make greater use of evidence from the social sciences, and to stimulate debate among social scientists about such opportunities. In the same vein, she intends to relate NICE's own broader discussion of ‘social value judgements' to emerging work on the ethics and politics of public health.
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