Current research in SSiM concentrates in the following disciplinary fields: ethics, history, qualitative research methods and sociology. 

Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000

A SSiM-based research team including Jonathan Reinarz (PI), Shane Ewen (Co-I; Leeds Beckett University) and Rebecca Wynter (RF), funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Standard Grant, are undertaking a major four-year project that draws together expertise from the history of medicine, the senses, psychological trauma, disability, emergency services, and urban history.

The Forged by Fire: Burns Injury and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000 project will generate an innovative programme of public engagement and burns awareness activities, including a graphic novel by artist Sarah Silverwood Taylor, delivered in collaboration with local fire services and other external partners.

Throughout the past two centuries, Britons have experienced personal and collective tragedies involving burns and scalds, which have been connected to British culture and society and were rooted in the habits, practices and material culture of home, workplace, war, and play. Using the distinctive residential and industrial milieus of three case studies, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, and encompassing perspectives from Belfast and Cardiff and ‘iconic’ fires and disasters, this project will investigate how burns have shaped individual, group and urban identity in modern Britain. Not only will this embrace explorations of professional identity, from the emergency services and burns teams to wounded service personnel, but also class, gender and race through considerations of, for example, acid-attacked women and the New Cross fire.

History of Medicine

History of Medicine is a discrete research unit within SSiM, and plays an important part in the understanding of the progress and current dilemmas facing modern biomedical science and clinical practice today.  We are primarily interested in the following areas:  History of medical institutions, medical education, medical specialisation, including physiology and sports medicine, histories of food, alcohol, and the senses.

Qualitative Research Methods / Sociology

Qualitative Research Methods/Sociology:  This research group brings together all those who use qualitative methods in their research. Our group provides guidance for nested qualitative studies now commonly included in clinical trials and develops qualitative research in collaboration with colleagues at the School of Health and Population Sciences and across the University

MiMMS – Mixed Methods Multimorbidity Study

The Mixed Methods Multimorbidity Study (MiMMS) seeks to identify challenges GPs and hospital consultants’ face when managing patients with several chronic conditions.  In this study we will also identify factors that allow clinical guidelines to be incorporated into everyday practice, as well as assessing the number of medications prescribed in primary care in the West Midlands.