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Biography

I am a Lecturer in Health Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Science. I completed my PhD in the sociology of medical education at the University of Cambridge in 2008 and then held research and teaching posts at Keele University, King's College London and Brunel University before joining the University of Newcastle in 2012.

My research focuses broadly on understanding how different kinds of knowledge come to be valued in scientific and health professional practice and education. I have explored these issues in various contexts, including in medical education, neuroscience, bioethics and complementary and alternative medicine. Much of my work draws on Pierre Bourdieu to theorise the relationship between legitimate knowledge and power.

My current research is funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) (2014-2016) (Project title: Complementary and alternative medicine degrees: new configurations of knowledge, professional autonomy and the university). This study asks how what is taught in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) degrees reflects the professional status of CAM, and at the same time sets out to examine the broader relationship between professions and the university. Data collection is taking place in Australia and the United Kingdom.

 

Qualifications

  • PhD (Sociology), University of Cambridge - UK, 19/07/2008
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland, 24/05/2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland, 20/12/1999

Research

Research keywords

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Medical Education
  • Qualitative Research
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Health and Illness

Research expertise

I am a sociologist whose main areas of interest include health care, science, the professions and higher education.

I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students seeking supervision on any of these topics.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
160800Sociology100

Appointments

National Co-convenor
The Australian Sociological Association Health Section (Australia)
01/01/2014

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Health sociology
  • Primary health care
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social disadvantage and drug use
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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2009Brosnan CJ, Turner BS, Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom, 306 (2009) [A3]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Brosnan CJ, 'Medical Education and Pierre Bourdieu', Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior and Society, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ 1361-1366 (2014)
2009Brosnan CJ, Turner BS, 'Introduction: the struggle over medical knowledge', Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom 1-12 (2009) [B1]
2009Brosnan CJ, 'Pierre Bourdieu and the theory of medical education: Thinking "relationally" about medical students and medical curricula', Handbook of the Sociology of Medical Education, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom 51-68 (2009) [B1]

Journal article (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Brosnan CJ, Michael M, 'Enacting the neuro in practice: Translational research, adhesion and the promise of porosity', Social Studies of Science, 1-21 (2014)
2013Brosnan C, Cribb A, Wainwright SP, Williams C, 'Neuroscientists' everyday experiences of ethics: The interplay of regulatory, professional, personal and tangible ethical spheres', Sociology of Health and Illness, 35 1133-1148 (2013) [C1]
2013Yardley S, Brosnan C, Richardson J, Hays R, 'Authentic early experience in Medical Education: a socio-cultural analysis identifying important variables in learning interactions within workplaces', ADVANCES IN HEALTH SCIENCES EDUCATION, 18 873-891 (2013) [C1]
2013Yardley S, Brosnan C, Richardson J, 'The consequences of authentic early experience for medical students: creation of metis', Medical Education, 47 109-119 (2013) [C1]
2013Yardley S, Brosnan C, Richardson J, 'Sharing methodology: A worked example of theoretical integration with qualitative data to clarify practical understanding of learning and generate new theoretical development.', Medical Teacher, 35 e1011-e1019 (2013) [C1]
2013Brosnan C, 'How and why social science theory can contribute to medical education research', MEDICAL EDUCATION, 47 5-7 (2013) [C3]
2011Chambers S, Hassell A, Brosnan C, 'Introducing medical students to reflective practice', Education for Primary Care, 22 100-105 (2011) [C1]
2011Samuel GN, Brosnan C, 'Deep brain stimulation for parkinson's disease: A critique of principlism as a framework for the ethical analysis of the decision-making process', AJOB Neuroscience, 2 20-22 (2011) [C1]
2011Brosnan C, 'The Significance of Scientific Capital in UK Medical Education', MINERVA, 49 317-332 (2011) [C1]
2011Brosnan C, 'The sociology of neuroethics: Expectational discourses and the rise of a new discipline', Sociology Compass, 5 287-297 (2011) [C1]
2011Lefroy J, Brosnan C, Creavin S, 'Some like it hot: medical student views on choosing the emotional level of a simulation', MEDICAL EDUCATION, 45 354-361 (2011) [C1]
2010Brosnan C, 'Making sense of differences between medical schools through Bourdieu's concept of 'field'', MEDICAL EDUCATION, 44 645-652 (2010) [C1]
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Review (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Brosnan C, 'Neurogenetic Diagnoses: The Power of Hope, and the Limits of Today's Medicine.', SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS (2010) [C3]

Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Olson RE, Brosnan CJ, 'What we know isn't better than what they know: Knowledge, emotion and interprofessional education in allied health', TASA Conference Abstracts, Monash University (2013) [E3]
2012Brosnan CJ, ''Quackery' in the academy? The debate over the teaching of complementary and alternative medicine in Australian universities', TASA 2012 Conference: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities Abstracts, Brisbane (2012) [E3]
2012Brosnan CJ, 'Investigating the 'neuro' in neuroethics: The implications for neuroethics of the multiplicity of neuroscience and the brain', The Second ISA Forum of Sociology: Social Justice & Democratization Book of Abstracts, Buenos Aires (2012) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$416,119

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2014 (4 grants)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Degrees: New Configurations of Knowledge, Professional Autonomy and the University$370,369
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Doctor Caragh Brosnan
SchemeRole
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)Chief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$370,36920142016
GNo:G1300442

DVC(R) Research Support for DECRA (DE14) $15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caragh Brosnan
SchemeRole
Special Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142016
GNo:G1400239

Equity in Elite Degrees: Social Difference, Insitutional Practices and Processes of Change$15,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Erica Southgate, Doctor Caragh Brosnan
SchemeRole
Strategic Networks GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$15,00020142014
GNo:G1400960

Traditional Chinese medicine Degrees: New Configuration of Knowledge, Professional Autonomy and the University$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caragh Brosnan
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020142014
GNo:G1300892

2013 (1 grants)

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2013 Conference, Melbourne Australia, 25-29 November 2013$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Project Team
Doctor Caragh Brosnan
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$75020132013
GNo:G1301104

2012 (1 grants)

Foundational work towards a study of the position of complementary and alternative medicine in Australian and British universities$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Caragh Brosnan
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020122012
GNo:G1200557
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.9

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorWomen's Stories and What They Tell About Indigenous Health Behaviours: An Exploration Into Stories About Pluralistic Healthcare Practices
20082017PhD (Sociology & Anthropology)Co-SupervisorWhen Power Networks Collide: Using Actor Networks Theory to Analyse Community Consultation Undertaken for an Australian Town's Electricity Supply
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Dr Caragh Brosnan

Work Phone(02) 4921 6348
Email
PositionARC DECRA Fellow
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaSociology and Anthropology
Office
W349,
Behavioural Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/caragh-brosnan