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Sarah Wright is a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics. Sarah studied Social Anthropology (BA) and The Anthropology of Conflict, Violence and Conciliation (MA) at the University of Sussex (2006-2010) and moved to Edinburgh to commence her doctoral studies in September 2012. Conducting ethnographically-informed research at a reprovisioned, fully integrated sexual and reproductive healthcare facility in the city, Sarah’s PhD led her to the confluence of social geography, medical sociology and social anthropology in her exploration of attendees’ experiences. Sarah’s findings contribute to understandings of the makings of experience in a novel setting – a transient, ‘walk-in’ clinic.
Sarah is currently working on a two-year Breast Cancer Now funded research project with Dr. Nina Hallowell, examining patient and health care providers’ experiences of the care pathways for treatment-focused testing in breast and ovarian cancer. Continuing with the methodological approach of her PhD, Sarah’s current role is to conduct observations and interviews with stakeholders, addressing questions around the pragmatics, ethics and lived experiences of TFT. Sarah also tutors first year medical students on the course Health, Ethics and Society, is on the organising committee for the new Usher Institute Social Science collective, and volunteers with a local NGO, Art in Healthcare.
Passionate about the possibilities of ethnographic research to support a greater understanding of people’s experiences of attending and being in/with healthcare spaces, Sarah is inspired by the burgeoning fields of design, applied and interdisciplinary approaches and adaptations to ethnographic methodologies.