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Professor Judith Green

Professor of Sociology

Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health  Room 51

Judith Green is a sociologist of health, with a focus on public health, mobility, risk and methodology.  She is currently Centre Director of the Wellcome Centre for Cultures & Environments of Health.

Before joining the University of Exeter in 2020, Judith held posts in King's College London (1998-91; 2016-20), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2006-20), and London South Bank University (1993-96). 

She co-edits the journal Critical Public Health, and co-authors the text book Qualitative Methods for Health Research (Sage). Current academic citizenship includes being a Trustee of the Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness, and a member of the NIHR Public Health Research funding panel.

Recent publications include:

Lynch, R., Hanckel, B., & Green, J. (2022). The (failed) promise of multimorbidity: chronicity, biomedical categories, and public health. Critical Public Health32(4), 450-461.

Milton, S., Gilworth, G., Roposch, A., & Green, J. (2022). Feeling the clunk: Managing and attributing uncertainty in screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip in infancySSM-Qualitative Research in Health2, 100040.

Hanckel B, Milton S & Green J. (2020) Unruly bodies: resistance, (in)action and hysteresis in a public health intervention Social Theory & Health

Polak L & Green J. (2020) Rethinking decision-making in the context of preventive medication: how taking statins becomes "the right thing to do". Social Science & Medicine 247

Bell K & Green J (2020) Premature evaluation? Some cautionary thoughts on global pandemics and scholarly publishing Critical Public Health  30 doi/full/10.1080/09581596.2020.1769406




Research interests

Judith's research interests range across the sociology of health. She has published widely on risk, public understanding of health and illness, and research methods, particularly for evaluation.  Her recent and current interests focus on three themes:

1) The intersections of mobility and health, particularly in urban areas.  Studies have included evaluations of policy interventions, such as the social and health impacts of free bus travel for children; explorations of how mobility modes (such as driving, walking or cycling) are socially constituted and transform; changing regimes of mobility; studies of he impact of new technologies such as telematics on how people move in the city; and quantitative studies of inequaliites in transport-related health outcomes. 

2) Knowledge in public health practice: including qyestions of how evidence travels across sites in public health domains; public understanding of public health issues; and the relationships between professionals, expertise, health publics and health governance.  

3) Methodology. Particular interests include developing ways of integrating diverse sources of evidence, and developing methods for evaluation that provide useful and transferable evidence.  She is currently contributing to projects on case study research in public health, and on methods for synthesising qualitative data sets.


Research supervision

 Judith has supervised 16 doctoral students to completion, and contributed to thesis advisory groups for over 20 students. 

Research students

 Lucía Guerrero Rivière  is working on debilitation in the context of post-conflict Colombia, focusing on narratives and practices of reconciliation as they relate to the body.


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