Dr Jennifer Burr

BA(Hons); MA; MSc; PhD; SFHEA

School of Health and Related Research

Senior University Teacher in Medical Sociology

University Teacher in Anatomy

Jennifer Burr
+44 114 222 0792

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Dr Jennifer Burr
School of Health and Related Research
Room 2037, 2nd Floor
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I hold appointments between the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and Department of Biomedical Sciences. I joined ScHARR as a post doctoral researcher in 1998 working on a project exploring eating disorder services in South Yorkshire. I’m currently a Senior University Teacher in Medical Sociology in the Public Health section of ScHARR. More recently I joined the School of Biosciences as a University Teacher in Anatomy were I teach undergraduate anatomy. I have particular expertise in qualitative research methods and have conducted research in a range of health and social care contexts including ethnicity and racism, sexuality and reproduction.

Research interests
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Sociological theory including the work of Niklas Luhmann
  • The social construction of the body in anatomical science

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Edited books

  • Burr J & Nicolson P (Ed.) (2005) Consumers’ perspectives on health care: Critical Approaches to Research Methods.. London: Palgrave Macmillan limited. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Seddon ACT, Lehane DB, Burr J & Mitchell C (2018) How do homeless women conceptualise access to and experience of antenatal and postnatal care in Sheffield?. Regional Society for Academic Primary Care 2018 Trent, 13 March 2018 - 13 March 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I teach on a range of subjects in medical sociology and ethics, specifically research ethics. I also teach human anatomy through cadaveric dissection in the Medical Teaching Unit.

Teaching activities

In ScHARR I co-ordinate and deliver the teaching on HAR6016 Sociology of Health and Illness and co-ordinate the sociology teaching on the MBChB. I provide teaching and advice on research ethics to students at all levels in the Department.

In the School of Biosciences I teach on BMS246 and BMS228 Introduction to human anatomy and I'm the Deputy course director for the MSc Human Anatomy with Education.

Professional activities
  • Chair University Ethics Committee (UREC)
  • Chair of the University Research Governance Sub-committee
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students using qualitative research to explore aspects of public health, inequalities in health and sociological theory.

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