Dr Jennifer Burr

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

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Senior University Teacher in Medical Sociology

Chair University Research Ethics Committee (UREC)

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

I joined the University as a postdoctoral 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 Population Health and coordinate the sociology teaching across the Faculty of Health. 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

Successful Enanching Research Culture funding 

Research Ethics and Equality Diversity and Inclusion

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The research was also discussed in an episode of the SCHARR Communicable Research podcast:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and the Research Ethics Process


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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) PITCH: How do homeless women conceptualise access to and experience of antenatal and postnatal care in Sheffield?. Society for Academic Primary Care Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 (pp P2.18). London, UK, 10 March 2018 - 10 March 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I teach on a range of subjects in medical sociology and ethics, specifically research ethics.

Teaching activities

I am the module coordinator for HAR6016 Sociology of Health and Illness delivered as part of the Master in Public Health (MPH) and Master in Dental Public Health (MDPH). I also deliver the sociology teaching on the MBChB. I provide teaching on research ethics to students at all levels in the Department.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Chair University Ethics Committee (UREC)
  • 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.

PhD students:

  • Heba Salama (Joint ScHARR and School of Clinical Dentistry)