Joanna Elizabeth Latimer

Prof, Doctor

Former affiliation
  • YO10 5DD

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have supervised over 20 doctoral students

Personal profile

Employment History


2017 - 20           Director, Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York

2016 -  20          Professor of Sociology, Science & Technology, Dept. of Sociology, University of York

2009-16       Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

2009-12           Professor, ESRC Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (20%).

 2007-9            Reader, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

2004-7             Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

1999-3             Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

1998-9             Research Fellow, Centre for Social Gerontology, Keele University.

1994-7             P/T Lecturer, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Keele University.

1995-6             Director, Centre for Nursing Research, Keele University.

1994-8             Senior Research Fellow, Department of Nursing, Keele University.

1988-3             PhD student, with two maternity breaks, Edinburgh University.

1986-8             Research Training Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences, Edinburgh University.


Prizes & Awards

2014           The Gene, the Clinic & the Family – Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness/BSA Book Prize.

2004           Transforming General Practice, Research Paper of the Year – Highly Commended, Royal College of General Practitioners.

2001           The Conduct of Care – Shortlisted, Philip Abram Memorial Prize, British Sociology Association.

1989           Gardiner Bequest, University of Edinburgh.

1988-9        Van Dunlop Fellowship, Faculty of Social Science, University of Edinburgh.

1986-8        Research Training Fellowship, Scottish Home and Health Department.

Editorial Appointments

2019 -        Editorial Board, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health   

2012-18      Editor, Sociology of Health and Illness.

2006-18      Editorial Board, The Sociological Review, 

2003-15      Editorial Board, International Journal of Older People Nursing.

Visiting Professorships & Fellowships

2013           Visiting Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Sydney University, Australia

2010          Visiting Professor, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, USA.

2009-12     Visiting Professor, Social Theory Doctoral Programme, Humanistic University, Utrecht, Netherlands.

2006           Faculty Fellow, School of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Manchester.

2003           Visiting Fellow, Department of Sociology, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany.

2000           Visiting Fellow,University of Tampere School of Public Health, Finland.

1996-8        Associate Fellow, Centre for Policy in Nursing Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


External Appointments

2019-20     Advisory Board Member, Wellcome Trust Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences Centre on   Global Health and Inequities, Oswald Cruz Foundation, Brazil

2019-21      Advisory Board Member, Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA), University of Copenhagen.

2017 - 19        External Examiner, Masters in Social Research Programs, University of Liverpool.

2015-16      Advisory Group Panel, Public Dialogue on Future Strategy, Babraham Institute, Life Sciences Research for Life Long Health.  Cambridge.

2015           Professorial Appointment Panel.  University of Leeds Department of Sociology and Social Policy.

2012           Professorial Appointment Panel.  Swansea University Business School. 

2010 - 13    External Examiner, Undergraduate Sociology Programs, University of Surrey.

2008 - 12    Expert Panel Member. ESRC Project: Kinship and Genetic Journeys.  Research Policy, Ethics and Life Science Research Centre, University of Newcastle. 

2008          Expert Commentator – Completion of Research Award. ZONmw (Dutch Department of Health), Akropolis, Rotterdam, NL.

2007           External Evaluator – Professorial Promotions Panel, The Department of Anthropology of the College of Liberal Arts of Portland State University, USA.

2002-4        Honorary Lecturer, National Centre for Primary Care, University of Manchester.

1995-8        External Examiner. BSc. Community Nursing, University of Wales Medical School.

1994-7        Honorary Research Fellow,Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Keele University.



I regularly chair vivas, undertake staff appraisal & progress review of doctoral work as well as sit on appointment panels for the University.

Roles at University of York

2017 -  20          Director of the Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU).

2017-19          Director of Teaching

2017 -19          Faculty Teaching & Learning Committee

2017                Faculty Research Ethics Committee

2016 - 19             Department Management Team

2016-17           Careers & Employability Champion

2016                Interim Chair, Departmental Research Ethics Committee

2016-17           Program Leader, MA Social Research

2016-17           Chair, Department Staff Meeting


Roles at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences

2015-16           Research Committee, Assessment of Publications for REF

2013-16           School of Social Sciences Mentor/Convenor HUMRS-PCUTL Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

2012                Convenor, Interviews & Interviewing (SSRM)

2010-12           Convenor, Health and Medicine Pathway Research & Graduate School

2009-11           Convenor, Sociology Pathway, MSc Social Science Research Methods (SSRM)

2009-11           School Research Strategy Committee

2007-09           School Management Board, including:

                        RAE 2008

                        Development of School Strategy for 2008-2013

2007-09           Team Chairs Committee

2007-09           Chair, Taught Post-graduate Programme (also chair of the Masters Board of Studies and Taught Masters Team). Developments include:

Postgraduate Strategy for 2008-2013

Programme to Encourage Expansion, Flexibility and Sustainability

Development of Health, Medicine and Society Pathway, MSc in  Social Science Research Methods (SSRM)

Revision of Taught Masters Team Members Responsibilities

Revision of Procedures and Organization

Special circumstances procedures and setting up of Special Circumstances Committee

Incorporation of SSRM PGT students to Taught Masters Programme

Development of liaison with RGS

2007-09           Sociology Teaching Group Facilitator

2006-09           Convenor, Medical Sociology Teaching Review

2005-07           Vice-chair, Ethics Committee, School of Social Science

2004-07           Postgraduate Team, responsible for welfare, support and development, including foundation of Post-graduate Café

2005-07           Coordinator, Integrated PhD programme

2003-05           Research Group Representative, Board of Doctoral Studies

2000-07           Co-ordinator, Medical Sociology Programmes for the School of Medicine


Incidental University Administrative Work @ Cardiff

2013-15           Review panel – ERC Starter and Consolidation Grants

2010-2             Review panel - Teaching programs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.

2008                 Validation Panel – MSc Advanced Practice (Nursing and Midwifery);

2008                 Revalidation Panel – MSc Advanced Social Work (School of Social Sciences).

Postgraduate Innovations

2008                Postgraduate Café Working Papers

2004-8             Postgraduate Café. The café is based in the School of Social Sciences but includes doctoral students from across the Research and Graduate School. The Café is recognised as making a major contribution to university life and is run by post-graduates for post-graduates. It includes monthly meetings, an annual conference, invited seminar speakers, a blog and a webpage.


Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education Certificate of Teaching and Learning, Keele University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2000

PhD - Writing Patients, Writing Nursing: The social construction of nursing assessment of older people admitted to an acute medical unit, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994

Registered General Nurse, University College Hospital

Award Date: 1 Jun 1980

BA (Hons) English Literature, Queen Mary, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jun 1976

External positions

Chair of the Board of Trustees, London Arts and Health Forum

1 Feb 2022 → …

Editor, Journal for The Sociology of Health & Illness

1 Sept 201231 Aug 2018

Editorial Board Member, Journal The Sociological Review



  • HM Sociology
  • Social Theory
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Medicine
  • Ageing and Older People
  • Care
  • Genetics
  • Interspecies relations

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