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Dr Kate Gibson


Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Kate Gibson

Kate is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Northumbria and teaches on the Masters of Public Health and BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.

Her core discipline is health sociology and her research explores how inequalities intersect to shape people’s everyday experiences of health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on ageing in place, living with dementia and access to formal and/or informal care.

Kate has experience of applying a diverse range of theoretical and methodological approaches to her research and foregrounds the use of innovative qualitative methods, including life history interviews, personal community mapping, go-along interviews, object elicitation, photo voice and other ethnographically informed qualitative enquiry.

Engaging with Bourdieusian social theory, Kate’s PhD focused on middle-class domestic food practices to explore how classed dispositions to value particular food choices are embodied and intergenerationally reproduced across the lifecourse. Since completing her PhD in 2018, she has focused her interests in ageing, dementia and inequalities.

Kate currently holds a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Three School’s Dementia Career Development Award where she is undertaking community consultation and engagement activities with organisations and individuals who are connected to underserved groups in North East England. These activities are informing a larger grant application to conduct an ethnographic study exploring how inequalities intersect with formal and informal community-based dementia care.  

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  • Constituting link working through choice and care: An ethnographic account of front‐line social prescribing, Griffith, B., Pollard, T., Gibson, K., Jeffries, J., Moffatt, S. 25 Oct 2022, In: Sociology of Health & Illness
  • ‘He called me out of the blue’: An ethnographic exploration of contrasting temporalities in a social prescribing intervention, Gibson, K., Moffatt, S., Pollard, T. 1 Jul 2022, In: Sociology of Health and Illness
  • “I wouldn't survive it, as simple as that”: Syndemic vulnerability among people living with chronic non-communicable disease during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wildman, J., Morris, S., Pollard, T., Gibson, K., Moffatt, S. 1 Dec 2022, In: SSM - Qualitative Research in Health
  • Managing disruption at a distance: Unequal experiences of people living with long-term conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Morris, S., Wildman, J., Gibson, K., Moffatt, S., Pollard, T. 1 Jun 2022, In: Social Science and Medicine
  • Social prescribing during the COVID-19 pandemic: a qualitative study of service providers’ and clients’ experiences, Morris, S., Gibson, K., Wildman, J., Griffith, B., Moffatt, S., Pollard, T. 25 Feb 2022, In: BMC Health Services Research
  • Social prescribing and classed inequality: A journey of upward health mobility?, Gibson, K., Pollard, T., Moffatt, S. 1 Jul 2021, In: Social Science and Medicine
  • OP83 Social prescribing and classed inequalities in health: exploring a complex relationship using ethnographic methods, Gibson, K., Pollard, T., Moffatt, S. 1 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
  • Social prescribing and classed inequalities in health: exploring a complex relationship using ethnographic methods, Gibson, K., Pollard, T., Moffatt, S. 2020, Society for Social Medicine 64th Annual Scientific Meeting

  • Sociology PhD July 05 2018
  • Sociology MA September 01 2014
  • Sociology BA (Hons) September 01 1998

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