Merissa Brown

MA, MSc, BSc

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

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Merissa Brown
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Merissa joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2022 after completing an MA in Social Research at the University’s Sheffield Methods Institute. Prior to this, Merissa worked professionally as a UX Researcher, predominantly in NHS organisations, for six years alongside completing an MSc in Psychology at Leeds Beckett University. She also holds a BSc in Biomedical Science from the University of Essex.

Merissa’s academic and professional background has been instrumental in developing her research interest of racial health inequality, both traditionally and digitally. Her PhD research therefore focuses on understanding and mitigating the inequalities faced by ethnic minorities with blood cancer in the UK.

Research interests

Provisional thesis title: Contextualising and transforming support for minoritised blood cancer patients in the UK 

Research interests: medical sociology, health inequalities, intersectional inequalities, critical race theory, critical disability studies



  • Jankowski G, Sandle R & Brown M (2022) Challenging the lack of BAME Authors in a Psychology Curriculum. Psychology of Women and Equalities Review, 5(1), 18-36. RIS download Bibtex download
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Professional activities and memberships

Merissa has previously worked as a User Experience Researcher for:

  • Department of Work and Pensions (Universal Credit)
  • Facebook
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • British Psychological Society 
  • NHS Digital