Dr Julie Brownlie

External partner


Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh


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Dr Julie Brownlie
External partner
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

Julie Brownlie’s work is concerned with:

  • social change, personal relationships and everyday lives
  • the nature of reflexivity, trust and vulnerability and
  • emotions and narratives (digital or otherwise).

It draws on several recent and ongoing research projects including The SomeOne To Talk To Study, a three-year study of emotional lives and social change (funded by the ESRC) and ‘The Liveable Lives’ project (for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

The latter is a two-year ethnographic study of everyday practices and understandings of kindness, risk and trust and engages with theoretical work on reciprocity, community, emotion and narrative.

Julie has a strong interest in qualitative research – particularly the relationship between verbal and non-verbal methods and narrative approaches (offline and digital) as well as experience in qualitative secondary analysis and mixed methods research design.

Julie is a member of the Sociology Editorial Board and an Associate of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships.


MA (Edinburgh), PhD (Stirling).

Recent relevant publications
  • Brownlie, J. (2014) Ordinary Relationships. A Sociological Study of Emotions, Reflexivity and Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan).
  • Brownlie, J. (2012) Male suicide in mid-life: linking private troubles and large social processes in C. Wyllie, S. Platt et al. Men, Suicide and Society. Why Disadvantaged Men in Midlife Die By Suicide. Samaritans UK
  • Brownlie, J. (2011) ‘‘Being there’: multidimensionality, reflexivity and the study of emotional lives’ The British Journal of Sociology 62(3):462-481
  • Anderson, S. and Brownlie, J. (2011) ‘Build it and they will come? Understanding public views of “emotions talk” and the talking therapies’ British Journal of Guidance & Counselling 39 (1): 53-66
  • Brownlie, J. (2010) ‘”Not going there”: Limits to the professionalisation of our emotional lives’ Sociology of Health and Illness 33 No. 1 pp. 130–144