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Dr Brigit McWade

Lecturer in Medical Sociology

Brigit McWade

Furness Building



PhD supervision

Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking doctoral research


Research Overview

  • Race, racism and health
  • Decolonising medical education
  • Disability and Mad Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Health policy and practice
  • Stigma
  • Social Inequalities
  • Social Justice

Career Overview

I am a Lecturer in Medical Sociology at Lancaster Medical School with research expertise in Disability Studies, Mad Studies, Mental Health, Social and Health Inequalities. I am the Lead for Widening Participation, and co-chair of the MBChB Equity & Justice Committee. I am an elected member of the Medical Schools Council's EDI Alliance.

I have also contributed to the following projects:

  • Developing a cortisol sociology, led by Prof. Celia Roberts (ANU).
  • 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).
  • 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. 



  • Lectures: Social Model of Disability, Race, Ethnicity & Culture, Migration & Health, Chronic Illness, Health Inequalities
  • Problem Based Learning (1st and 2nd Years)
  • Special Study Modules (1st and 2nd Years): on racism and health inequalities
  • Health, Culture and Society coursework (3rd/4th Years): the relationship between racism and health

In addition, I have extensive teaching experience in the areas of Social Theory, Media Theory, Cultural Theory, Gender & Women's Studies, Science & Technology Studies, Biomedicine & Ethics and Qualitative Research. 

I am currently supervising

  • Steven Maxwell (Creative Writing) with Zoe Lambert and Hannah Morgan. His project is titled: Human Subjects: A Novel of Stories & Exploring Neurodiversity in Fiction
  • Rebecca Parris (Lancaster Medical School) with Dawn Goodwin. Her project is titled: Patient Experience of Diagnostic Delay in Axial Spondyloarthritis

As a new lecturer, I am looking forward to supervising more PhD students in the areas of my expertise. Please do get in touch if you are interested in working with me.


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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