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Dr Dawn Goodwin

Senior Lecturer

Dawn Goodwin

Lancaster University

Furness Building



Tel: +44 1524 592756

Research overview

My research interests have focused on cultures of health care work and issues of learning, knowledge and practice.  These interests have manifested themselves in previous studies as a focus on decision making and accountability, patient safety and critical incident analysis, diagnostic work and embodied knowledge, collaborative work in critical care, and human-machine relations in medical work. Theoretically, these interests are informed by science and technology studies, ethnomethodology, medical sociology and anthropology.  Methodologically, I have used ethnography, interviews, focus groups and documentary analysis.

PhD supervision

I would be interested in supervising social science (especially ethnographic) studies of healthcare work, and around issues of knowledge, evidence and practice.

Current Research

NHS Inquiries and the problem of culture. Unfunded research.

Reframing the study of dignity and safety in healthcare: exploring experiences of older adults, families and healthcare workers in acute and long-term care in the UK and the Netherlands. British Academy funding sought.


Research Interests

Current Teaching

My teaching responsibilities in the medical degree programme include:

Problem Based Learning I am a PBL tutor for first year medical students and Director of the four year PBL programme.

Lectures, Workshops and Coursework I give lectures on social science aspects of 'Health, Culture and Society' to first, second and on Patient Safety and Qualitative Research Methods to third year medical students.  For fourth year medical students, I am one of the coursework convenenors for Health, Culture and Society.

Special Study Modules I contribute to a study skills module in Year 1, in Year 2 I convene an SSM on 'Medicine and the Media' and in Year 3 I convene social science focused, student-led SSMs.

Additional Information


 My research interests and collaborations have resulted in the following academic events:

Organisers: Dawn Goodwin, Maggie Mort and Lucy Suchman

Public Lecture and workshop with Jean Lave, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley

Workshop: Engaging with Apprenticeship in Critical Ethnographic Practice

23-24th November, 2011, Lancaster University


Organisers: Dawn Goodwin and Maggie Mort

Re-imagining Supervision: Reflections on experience, theory and policy

An interdisciplinary workshop in memory of Tracy Dryden

15th June, 2011, Lancaster University.

Sponsored by Centre for Science Studies and School of Health and Medicine


Organisers: Dawn Goodwin and Monika Buscher

Workshop: Ethnographies of diagnostic work

17-18th April, 2007, Lancaster University

Sponsored by Department of Sociology, Centre for Science Studies, Institute for Health Research, Department of Medicine, Palcom

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