There has been a longstanding strand of research in the Unit concerned with researching the social aspects of health.
Key substantive areas being examined across Sociology include:
In recent years the health focus has expanded out to examine the social and ethical implications of the life sciences. The development, importance, and recognition of this area of work has been secured through the success of the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre which has been pursuing research, engagement and training for well over 10 years. Specific expertise in PEALS is evident in interdisciplinary research on areas such as reproductive and genetic technologies, disability, forensic investigations of biosecurity, stem cell research, nanobiotechnology, and ageing research.
The co-ordinator of this cluster is Peter Phillimore