Researcher

Associate Professor Emma Kirby

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Sociology, Sociology of health, Studies in Human Society

Biography

Emma is a UNSW Scientia Associate Professor, and former Australian Research Council DECRA in the Centre for Social Research in Health, Faculty of Arts, Architecture & Design. She is interested in the sociology of health and illness, and her research draws on a range of case studies to provide a critical sociological analysis of advanced illness and end of life care, mapping its character and significance. Her program of research comprises a...view more

Emma is a UNSW Scientia Associate Professor, and former Australian Research Council DECRA in the Centre for Social Research in Health, Faculty of Arts, Architecture & Design. She is interested in the sociology of health and illness, and her research draws on a range of case studies to provide a critical sociological analysis of advanced illness and end of life care, mapping its character and significance. Her program of research comprises a series of projects focused on relationships in/and health care, health care practice, diversity and social justice.

 


My Grants

  1. Broom, A., Wakefield, C., Kirby E., Khasraw, M., Kenny, E., Prainsack, B. (2019-2021) Precision and the Person: A sociological study of therapeutic innovation in cancer care. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant [DP190100745] $470,650
  2. Broom, A., Kirby, E., Davis, M., Dodds, S., Broom, J., & Post, J. (2017-2019) Navigating an uncertain antimicrobial future: a sociological study. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP170100300] $318,473 [ARC contribution]
  3. Broom, A., Kirby, E., Kokanovic, R., Adams, J., Lwin, Z., Wyld, D., Koh, ES., de Souza, P., & Woodland, L. (2016-18) Cultural Biographies, Medical Knowledges: A sociological study. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP160100100] $210,000 [ARC contribution]
  4. Kirby, E. (2015-2017) Who cares? A sociological study of informal care at the end of life. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award [DE150100285] $372,000
  5. Broom, A., Kirby, E., Yates, P., Seale, C., & Olliffe, J. (2015-2017) The changing landscapes of survivorship: A sociological study. Australian Research Council Discovery Project [DP150100414] $359,700
  6. Broom, A., Kirby, E., Adams, J., Broom, J., & Looke, D. (2014-2017) Unintended consequences? A sociological study of how social relations influence decisions about antibiotics. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP140100020] $172,117.
  7. Broom, A., Kirby, E. (2016) A sociological study of the unregulated antibiotic market and non-prescribed antibiotic use in India. UNSW School of Social Science Project Grant: $7,052.80
  8. Broom, A., Adams, J., Yates, P., Kirby, E. (2012-2015) Pathways to and through palliative care: A sociological study of patient, carer and clinician experiences at end-of-life. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant [LP 120200268] $164,830 ($591,411 total cash and in-kind)
  9. Lwin, Z., Broom, A., Wyld, D., Kirby, E., Cubitt, A. (2014-2015) Understanding and improving social support amongst women with cancer: A qualitative study. RBWH Foundation: The Weekend to End Women’s Cancer’s Diamond Care Grants, $100,000
  10. Lwin, Z., Broom, A., Good, P., Kirby, E., Geary, A. (2014) Understanding and Improving the communication experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse patients who are diagnosed with cancer: A qualitative study. RBWH Foundation Research Initiative Grant, $60,000
  11. Broom, A., Good, P., Lwin, Z., Kirby, E., Adams, J. (2013) Referral to specialist palliative care: Understanding and improving the experiences of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) patients and their families. Mater Medical Research Institute, Theme 2, Program 9 Fund, $15,000
  12. Broom, A., Broom., J., Kirby, E., Sowden, D. (2013) Cultures of prescribing: a socio-behavioural analysis of factors that underpin antimicrobial prescribing at Nambour Hospital. Queensland Health: Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service, $12,519

My Qualifications

PhD (Sociology) University of Newcastle (Australia) 2009; BSc - Hons (Human Geography) Loughborough University (UK) 2003


My Awards

2018: UNSW Faculty of Arts & Social Science Dean's Award for Scholarly Impact [with Alex Broom, Katherine Kenny, Sophie Lewis, Stefanie Plage]

2014: University of Queensland Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Reseacher Award


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Currently supervising

Nathan MacArthur: PhD candidate, UNSW; Living after death: an exploration of the experiences of bereaved adults

Kristen Overton: PhD candidate, UNSW; A sociological study of antimicrobial use and resistance in India

Junel Padigos; PhD candidate, University of Queensland; Nursing experiences of antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship in the intensive care unit

 

Recent completions:

Stefanie Plage: PhD. UNSW; Cancer through the eyes of survivors - a photo-elicitation study of people living with cancer


My Engagement

Member: Editorial Board, Health Sociology Review (2015-present); Editorial Board, BMJ Open (2020-); Editorial Board, Palliative Care and Social Practice; Associate Editor, BMC Palliative Care

National Co-Convenor: Health Thematic Group, The Australian Sociological Association (2014-2016)

Co-Convenor: The Australian Sociological Association Conference, 2011, hosted by the University of Newcastle, NSW

Member: The Australian Sociological Association, 2005-present

 

 

 

 


My Teaching

SRAP2002: Policy Analysis

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Location

305 Goodsell Building

Contact

02 9385 9065