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Dr Kimberly Jamie

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology

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I came to Durham in 2014 to take up an assistant professorship in Sociology. My research interests span two areas of sociology, medical sociology and sociology of work. I research and supervise students in these areas as discrete fields but my work across these fields also coalesces with a focus on the work on healthcare practitioners. I am particularly interested in the work of practitioners who have historically sat on the fringes of medical practice, most notably pharmacy.

My doctorate looked at the integration of genetically-personalised medicine (pharmacogenetics) into English pharmacy practice. Since then, I have worked on projects looking at complementary/alternative medicines, medicines use, young mothers’ health beliefs/behaviours, and breastfeeding.

Most recently, I am co-PI on a study funded by Durham’s Institute of Advanced Studies which looks into antibacterial clay therapies. As part of this, I am leading the focus on the social and cultural dimensions of medicinal uses of clay. 

I am keen to share and discuss research with non-academic audiences and have previously done so through a Wellcome Trust and YMCA project, Theatre of Debate, which used theatre to engage the public and young people in debates about the social, legal and ethical implications of personalised medicine. 

I convene third year modules on Sociology of Health and Medicine and Sociology of Work and Professions, as well as the first year Critical Scholarship in Social Sciences module. Outside of these modules, I also supervise Laidlaw Scholarship students.

I am also the admissions (recruitment) tutor for the Sociology and Criminology programme.

I really warmly welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in any areas related to my research interests.

Research Projects

Department of Sociology

Research Interests

  • Health
  • Family health
  • Medicines use
  • Health technologies
  • Lay health understandings/behaviours
  • Healthcare work and professional practice

Indicators of Esteem

  • Celebrating Success in Teaching and Learning Award:
  • Discretionary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research :


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