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Dr Brigit McWade

Formerly at Lancaster University


I am an interdisciplinary researcher working in the fields of mad studies, disability studies, feminist media and cultural studies, and science, technology and medicine studies, with a particular interest in media representations of madness and distress, mental health policy and practice, the politics and ethics of evidence-based medicine, inequalities, stigma, and social movements.

I am currently employed as a Research Associate on Prof. Imogen Tyler's Philip Leverhulme Trust Prize funded project Rethinking the Sociology of Stigma in the Department of Sociology. In this role I am developing new work considering mental health and stigma in the context of neoliberal politics and culture.

Since 2014, I have been active in establishing an International Mad Studies Network through publications, conference and event organisation, managing a blog and mailing list, administering social media accounts and groups. To find out more visit: madstudies2014.wordpress.com

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

I have 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. This year I'm facilitating problem-based learning with 1st year undergraduate Medical students; I also convene a Special Studies Module for 1st and 2nd year Medical students considering biomedical and psychosocial approaches to mental health.


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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