Dr Oonagh Corrigan specialises in qualitative methods (in particular ethnography and sensory methodology) and social theory, to study the socio-cultural and moral aspects of health and medicine.
She is currently providing an important link between the activities at the European Centre and The Wellbeing Network at Exeter University.
She has previously worked on a variety of research topics including clinical drug trials, personalised medicine, medical professionalism and human genetics. A major unifying theme running through her work is the disjuncture between policies, protocols and practices, and the experiences on whom such interventions are intended to effect. Her work on the broader cultural norms and values that shape human behaviour, and the experiences of patients’ consent to treatment and research, has received international recognition.
More recently following research on the experiences of junior doctors she has developed an interest in ‘emotional work’ and methods designed to explore lived embodied experiences and emotional wellbeing.
Dr Corrigan is a member of the Sociology of Health and Illness and Medicine Studies journal editorial boards. Before joining the Centre in March 2013, she previously held academic posts at the University of Cambridge and Plymouth University. She has also been a recipient of a Leverhulme visiting fellowship at the University of British Columbia and in 2012 was supported by the Wellcome Trust to visit the California Pacific Medical Center – collaborating with academics and practitioners at the Medical Center’s Program in Medicine & Human Values.
Current projects in progress include:
1. Living well in Cornwall: A phenomenology of Wellbeing and Place
2. Supporting Doctors’ Emotional Wellbeing.