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, Design and Architecture. 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, Design and Architecture. 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