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Dr Brigit McWade

Faculty Athena Swan Officer, Research Associate

Brigit McWade

FASS Building



Tel: +44 1524 592908


Research Overview

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Health policy and practice
  • Creative methods
  • Arts and Health
  • Stigma
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Justice

Career Overview

I am currently employed as a Research Associate on the Military Lives and Transformative Experiences: Exploring narratives and aged veterans’ well-being project (Aged Veterans Fund funded by HM Treasury), led by Dr. Liz Brester (Lancaster Medical School) and Dr. Sam Clark (Philosophy). 

I have also contributed to the following projects:

  • Rethinking the Sociology of Stigma (Phillip Levehulme Prize), led by Prof. Imogen Tyler, Sociology department, Lancaster University.
  • The emergence of mental health personalisation in a 19th Century lunatic asylum led by Rob Goemans, School of Health and Social Care, Lincoln University.

  • Children, Young People and Flooding: Recovery and Resilience (ESRC Urgency Fund), led by Prof. Maggie Mort, Sociology Department, Lancaster University.

  • European Patient Organisations in a Knowledge Society (European Commission), Sociology Department, Lancaster University.

In 2016, I undertook a visiting Research Fellowship at the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. 

In addition, I am a member of the editorial board The Sociological Review and an Occasional Editor for Disability & Society.


I currently facilitate Problem Based Learning with 1st year students in Lancaster Medical School and offer a Special Study Module on the biopsychosocial aspects of mental health, and one on chronic fatigue. In addition, I have extensive teaching experience in the areas of Social Theory, Media Theory, Cultural Theory, Gender & Women's Studies, Disability Studies, Science & Technology Studies, Biomedicine & Ethics and Qualitative Research. 


PhD Sociology (July 2014); MA Sociological Research Methods (Distinction); BA Sociology (1st class with honours), Supported Learning Award.

My PhD and MA were funded by an ESRC 1+3 scholarship.

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