Sociology at Surrey has a long history of health research. Projects have included a US/UK comparison of clinical decision-making of primary care physicians (Arber with John McKinlay), a study of sleep and ageing women (Arber and Skene), dyadic analysis of couples' health (Meadows) and numerous activities surrounding 'recovery'.
We have been carrying out research on sleep for nearly 20 years and the Sociology of Sleep Group has published widely on ageing, sleep and gender. We provide a supportive and intellectually stimulating research environment, with a number of students currently undertaking their doctoral research within the group. Current research includes studies on 'sleep and recovery from addiction', and 'sleep, ethics and social media'.
Colleagues in the department are also developing work at the interface of health and illness and crime and criminal justice. This work includes studies of prisoner wellbeing and trajectories of use of 'legal highs'.