Sociology Department Staff
Dr Kimberly Jamie
I came to Durham in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Prior to this, I read BA Sociology at the University of Warwick (2005-2008, first class) and then spent several years at the University of York, first reading MA Social Research Methods (2008-2009, Distinction), then doing my PhD on the development of pharmacogenetic technologies (2009-2012), and finally working as a Research Fellow (2012-2014). In 2013 I held an EU Co-operation for Science and Technology Fellowship at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan where I researched genomics in cancer research and practice.
I am a medical sociologist and have particular interests in the work of healthcare practitioners and scientists, health and medicine in everyday life, the body (particularly women’s bodies), and the politics of reproduction. These interests come together in my on-going research on teenage mothers’ health beliefs and behaviours where I take a critical approach to understanding how moral imperatives around health (e.g. a ‘good’ diet) are negotiated in complex everyday lives.
I am also interested in materiality and exploring ‘stuff’ in medicine and science. I have on-going interests in the use of medicinal ‘stuff’ (biomedicines and complementary/alternative medicines) by chronically ill patients. More recently I have explored scientific ‘stuff’ through an Institute of Advanced Studies grant looking at the use of clay minerals in antimicrobial therapeutics (see: https://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/1920projects/sharples/).
My research is highly interdisciplinary and I collaborate closely with biologists, chemists, economists, pharmacists and psychologists. For me, collaborations which stretch across traditional disciplinary divides are the most interesting, exciting and offer the greatest scope for new ideas so I am always happy to start conversations about potential future collaborations.
Given this interdisciplinary approach, I am also keen to share my research widely and with the public. I was on the expert steering panel for the Wellcome Trust’s Theatre of Debate project and more recently my research with teenage mothers has been featured across the BBC (Look North, BBC News website, Radio 5 Live and on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour which was always a career aspiration).
Finally, I am passionate about mentoring early career researchers. In addition to my PhD supervision, I have supervised undergraduate Laidlaw scholars since 2017 on projects ranging from single fatherhood to ‘fat’ women’s experiences of negotiating everyday spaces. I am always looking to do interesting research with interesting people so I warmly welcome enquiries from potential PhD students, research fellows or collaborators.
- Jamie, K., Hackshaw-McGeagh, L., Bows, H. & O'Neill, R. (2020). "I just don't think it's that natural": Adolescent mothers' constructions of breastfeeding as deviant. Sociology of Health & Illness
- Musilek, K., Jamie, K. & McKie, L. (2020). Cold winds and warm attachments: Interrogating the personal attachment to neoliberal work and economy. Work, Employment & Society 34(3): 514-525.
- Hockin-Boyers, H., Pope, S. & Jamie, K. (2020). Digital Pruning: Agency and Social Media Use as a Personal Political Project Among Female Weightlifters in Recovery from Eating Disorders. New Media & Society
- Rathbone, A.P., Jamie, K., Blackburn, J., Gray, W., Baqir, W., Henderson, E. & Campbell, D. (2020). Exploring an extended role for pharmacy assistants on inpatient wards in UK hospitals: using mixed methods to develop the role of medicines assistants. European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy 27(2): 78-83.
- Jamie, Kimberly, O'Neill, Roisin, Bows, Hannah & Hackshaw-McGeagh, Lucy (2020). Healthcare Practitioner Relationships, Cultural Health Capital and Breastfeeding Support for Adolescent Mothers. Health Education Journal
- Jamie, Kimberly & Sharples, Gary (2020). The social and material life of medicinal clay: Exploring antimicrobial resistance, medicines' materiality and medicines optimization. Frontiers in Sociology 5: 26.
- Jamie, K., Oliver, E.J., Paterson, A. & Whittlesea, C. (2019). Discussing alcohol in medicines use reviews: experiences of patients in a community pharmacy context. International Journal of Pharmacy Practice 27(3): 318-321.
- Darling, A., Hackett, S. & Jamie, K. (2018). Female sex offenders who abuse children whilst working in organisational settings: offending, conviction and sentencing. Journal of Sexual Aggression 24(2): 195-213.
- Hackshaw-McGeagh, Lucy, Jamie, Kimberly, Beynon, Rhona & O’Neill, Roisin (2018). Health behaviours of young mothers: Implications for health promotion and cancer prevention. Health Education Journal 77(3): 277-292.
- Rathbone, A., Todd, A., Jamie, K., Bona, M., Banks, L. & Husband, A. (2017). A systematic review and thematic synthesis of patients' experience of medicines adherence. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy 13(3): 403-439.
- Jamie, K., Bows, H. & Gill, J. (2016). Integration of pharmacogenetic principles as a core thread in the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum. Pharmacy Education 16(1): 64-66.
- Rathbone, Adam Pattison & Jamie, Kimberly (2016). Transferring from Clinical Pharmacy Practice to Qualitative Research: Questioning Identity, Epistemology and Ethical Frameworks. Sociological Research Online 21(2): 4.
- Jamie, K. (2014). The Pharmacy Gaze: Bodies in Pharmacy Practice. Sociology of Health and Illness 36(8): 1141-1155.
- Tutton, R. & Jamie, K. (2013). Personalized Medicine in Context: A Social Science Perspective. Drug Discovery Today: Therapeutic Strategies 10(4): e183-e187.
- Jamie, K. (2013). Pharmacogenetics and Pharmacy Education in the UK: Mind the Generation Gap. Pharmacy Education 13(1): 114-117.
- Lindenmeyer, A., Jamie, K., Griffiths, F. & LéGaré, F. (2011). “They're Made in Factories and Not by Witches on the Allotment” A Qualitative Study of Midlife Women in the United Kingdom, Exploring Their Approaches to Complementary and Alternative Medicines. Health Care for Women International 32(12): 1046-1067.
- Jamie, K. (2011). Might Community Pharmacists have a Role in Delivering Personalised Medicine?. The Pharmaceutical Journal 287: 693-694.
- McCormack, M., Anderson, E., Jamie, K. & David, M. (2018). Discovering Sociology. Palgrave Macmillan.
Chapter in book
- Jamie, K. (2013). Navigating the UK NHS Ethics and Governance Approval Process: The Case of Junior Researchers. In Conducting Research in a Changing and Challenging World. Lê, Thao & Lê, Quynh New York: Nova. 279-290.
- Jamie, K. (2013). New Technologies in British Pharmacy Practice. In Emerging Health Technologies. Wasen, K. Springer.
Indicators of Esteem
- Celebrating Success in Teaching and Learning Award:
- Discretionary Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research :
- Family health
- Medicines use
- Health technologies
- Lay health understandings/behaviours
- Healthcare work and professional practice
- A Week in Your Life: Exploring the Everyday Lives of Teenage Mothers
- Critical Scholarship in Social Sciences
- Sociology of Health and Medicine
- Sociology of Work and Professions