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Professor Maggie Mort


Maggie Mort

Bowland North

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594077


PhD supervision

Topics I would be interested in supervising include:
science, technology and medicine studies - in particular studies of clinical practice, learning and evidence telecare and domestic space; governance and ethics of new care technologies; evidence in action studies; lay ethnographies of technoscience;disaster and recovery studies; disease containment strategy - in particular zoonoses

Current Teaching

I convene Disasters: why do things go wrong? in Part II Sociology and also teach on Health, Life & Bodies  with Celia Roberts where we have pioneered problem based learning methods in Sociology. I contribute to the MSc in Clinical Research (Qualitative Methods) and Analysing Qualitative Data in the FASS research training programme.

I am a Problem Based Learning tutor and Director of Special Study Modules for the Lancaster Medical Degree.

I am currently supervising four doctoral students and two Academic Clinical Fellows in studies relating to biosensors, co-production of services, vaccine policy, patient safety and situated learning.

A former journalist and health correspondent on local/regional newspapers, I came to Lancaster 15 years ago from Leeds University where my first post-doctoral research post was in health policy and politics.

Research Interests

Sociology of science, technology and medicine: technological change, telemedicine and telecare, innovation in health science and technology, health policy and politics, disaster and recovery studies. I work largely with ethnographic and participative methodologies.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Children, young people and disasters: recovery and resilience (ESRC Urgency Project)
  • Living Data: Biosensors in Everyday Life (with Celia Roberts & Adrian Mackenzie)
  • Lost in Translation: Complexity, Risk and Resilience in Animal Disease Strategies - an inter-disciplinary evaluation of the natural and societal effectiveness of containment strategies for animal diseases (ESRC/NERC Rural Economy & Land Use Programme RELU). http://www.lec.lancs.ac.uk/cswm/LiT/po.php
  • EFORTT: Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies for Older People at Home, (EC FP7 Science in Society) Co-ordinator of collaborative research project http://www.lancs.ac.uk/efortt/index.html
  • Flood, vulnerability and resilience: a real-time study of local recovery following the floods of June 2007 in Hull (Environment Agency/ESRC) http://www.lec.lancs.ac.uk/cswm/Hull%20Floods%20Project/HFP_home.php
  • The Health & Social Consequences of the 2001 UK Foot & Mouth Disease Epidemic (Department of Health)
  • Understanding Expertise in Anaesthesia (NHS R&D Fund)
  • The Social Construction of Evaluation in Telemedicine and Telehealthcare (Department of Health)
  • Telemedicine, Telehealthcare & the Future Patient (ESRC/MRC Innovative Health Technologies Programme)

Contractor for the EC FP5 Thematic Network, 'Identifying Trends in European Medical Space' (ITEMS) and the FP6 Specific Support Action, Governance, Health & Medicine: opening dialogue between social scientists and users (MEDUSE), see: http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/WebCSI/ITEMS/index.php

Development of a 'living' archive of the 2001 FMD epidemic, Cumbria County Council community project see: http://www.footandmouthstudy.org.uk/

Health & Social Consequences of the 2001 FMD epidemic dataset acquired and archived by the ESRC Economic & Social Data Service (Qualidata) as a 'classic study' http://www.esds.ac.uk/qualidata/introduction.asp

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