Health research in Sociology at the University of Glasgow explores the social dimensions of health. Health concerns are likely to affect every person everywhere at some point during their lives. When and how people are affected by health concerns is dependent on their social position, access to secure employment, good housing, sufficient income, and on family and friendship networks. That is, health is socially patterned and is experienced socially. By locating our work in sociological and anthropological theory and method, health research at Glasgow Sociology is characterised by a critical, theory-driven approach and a commitment to using research to contribute to the reduction in health inequalities at local, national and international levels.
Through our research and teaching, we draw links between intimate, culturally specific, experiences of health to identify effective approaches to intervention and to understand why health interventions succeed and fail in the way they do.
Health research in Sociology at the University of Glasgow has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary working, using mixed methods, and bringing critical approaches to address relations of power in health inequalities.