Dr Antje Lindenmeyer MA, PhD

Dr Antje Lindenmeyer

Institute of Clinical Sciences
Lecturer in Medical Sociology

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Antje is a social scientist focusing on sociology as applied to health, medicine and the experience of illness. In particular, she is interested in applying a sociological approach to health related encounters including consultations with professionals or conversations between friends of family members. This interest has fed into both research and teaching activities.

Antje’s research interests focuses on 1) migrant and transnational health and 2) experiences of illness, particularly chronic illness. Both these interests are linked by a focus on the way in which health related experiences and understandings change over time. This may happen through migration and potentially having to adapt to very different health cultures and systems, or through changes the trajectory of a particular health condition. Understanding these dynamics is crucial to be able to engage with the lived experiences of a diverse patient population.

Antje has long standing experience of medical sociology and qualitative methods teaching which is closely linked with her research interests. In her current role, she leads the Sociology strand of the Medicine and Surgery MBChB programme, especially for years 1 and 2. 


  • PhD in Women and Gender Studies, University of Warwick, 2001
  • MA in Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies, University of Warwick, 1996
  • MA in German Literature, University of Cologne, 1995


Antje has an interdisciplinary background in social science, literature and gender studies. From 2003 onwards, she has been involved in applied health research using mainly qualitative methods while developing an interest in individual and collective narratives of health and illness across the life course.

After joining the University of Birmingham in April 2013, she has first held a lectureship in Qualitative Methods. She has been qualitative lead on mixed methods studies while developing a research interest in transnational and migrant health in collaboration with the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS). She has also taught medical sociology and qualitative methods at undergraduate, intercalated and postgraduate level and supervised doctoral students. In her new role as lead for the Sociology element of the MBChB programme she is involved with curriculum development and liaising with other non-clinical strands of the programme while delivering lecture on a range of sociological topics.


Antje has long standing experience of medical sociology and qualitative methods teaching which is closely linked with her research interests. In her current role, she leads the Sociology strand of the Medicine and Surgery MBChB programme, especially for years 1 and 2. Other activities include:

Postgraduate supervision

Antje is supervising PhD students with qualitative research projects or nested qualitative elements within a mixed methods study. She especially welcomes PhD students planning to work in the following areas:

  • Migrant/ transnational health
  • Lived experience of illness
  • Sociological approaches to health and illness


Current/ Recent projects include:

  • Migrant maternal health in the UK and Australia: factors shaping midwives’ delivery of care    funded by the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Birmingham
  • Vulnerable migrants and wellbeing (qualitative lead) funded by the Nuffield Foundation
  • Meeting the healthcare needs of recently arrived migrants to the UK: perspectives of primary care providers funded by the NIHR (School of Primary Care Research)
  • Migrant Health Histories: Health and Wellbeing in an Age of Superdiversity funded by the British Academy/ Leverhulme Trust
  • Acute Kidney Outreach to Reduce Deterioration and Death: (Qualitative lead) funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme
  • Institute for Research into Superdiversity (co-lead for the Health and Wellbeing research stream)

Other activities

  • Member, British Sociological Association
  • Member, Society for Academic Primary Care
  • Member, Feminist and Women’s Studies Association


Recent publications


Bradby, H, Lindenmeyer, A, Phillimore, J, Padilla, B & Brand, T 2020, '‘If there were doctors who could understand our problems, I would already be better’: dissatisfactory healthcare and marginalisation in superdiverse neighbourhoods', Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 739-757. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.13061

Sanders, C, Lindenmeyer, A & Marriott, J 2019, 'A meta-ethnography of adult smokers’ exploring the meanings of tobacco dependency medications adherence behaviours during smoking cessation', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 75, no. 12, pp. 3286-3298. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14146

Sihre, HK, Gill, P, Lindenmeyer, A, McGuiness, M, Berrisford, G, Jankovic, J, Patel, M, Lewin, J & Fazil, Q 2019, 'Understanding the lived experiences of severe postnatal psychiatric illnesses in English speaking South Asian women, living in the UK: a qualitative study protocol', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 8, e025928. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025928

Sihre, HK, Simons, A-M, Gill, P, Lindenmeyer, A & Fazil, Q 2019, 'Women's experiences of severe postnatal psychiatric illness: a systematic review protocol', Systematic Reviews, vol. 8, no. 1, 173. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-019-1085-6

Lidgate , ED, Li, B & Lindenmeyer, A 2018, 'A qualitative insight into informal childcare and childhood obesity in children aged 0-5 years in the UK', BMC Public Health, vol. 18, 1229. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-6131-0

Lufumpa, E, Doos, L & Lindenmeyer, A 2018, 'Barriers and facilitators to preventive interventions for the development of obstetric fistulas among women in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review', BMC pregnancy and childbirth, vol. 18, 155. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-1787-0

Mayada, G, Ahmed, S, Kofi, M, Waheed, A, Attia, S & Lindenmeyer, A 2017, 'What Predicts Online Health Information Seeking Behaviour among Egyptian Adults? A Cross-Sectional Study', Journal of Medical Internet Research, vol. 19, no. 6, e216. https://doi.org/10.2196/jmir.6855

Jeddian, A, Lindenmeyer, A, Marshall, T, Howard, AF, Sayadi, L, Rashidian, A & Jafari, N 2017, 'Implementation of a critical care outreach service: a qualitative study', International Nursing Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/inr.12377

Lindenmeyer, A, Greenfield, S, Greenfield, C & Jolly, C 2017, 'How do people with COPD value different activities? An adapted meta-ethnography of qualitative research', Qualitative Health Research, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 37-50. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732316644430

Jeddian, A, Hemming, K, Lindenmeyer, A, Rashidian, A, Sayadi , L, Jafari, N, Malekzadeh, R & Marshall, T 2016, 'A mixed methods evaluation of a critical care outreach service in a middle-income country: a stepped wedge cluster randomised trial and nested qualitative study', Journal of Critical Care. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrc.2016.07.018

Bennett, SR, Cruickshank, G, Lindenmeyer, A & Morris, SR 2016, 'Investigating the impact of headaches on the quality of life of patients with glioblastoma multiforme: a qualitative study', BMJ open, vol. 6, no. 11, e011616. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011616

Lindenmeyer, A, Redwood, S, Griffith, L, Teladia, Z & Phillimore, J 2016, 'Experiences of primary care professionals providing health care to recently arrived migrants: a qualitative study', BMJ open. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012561

Jeddian, A, Lindenmeyer, A, Marshall, T, Rashidian, A, Sayadi, L & Jafari, N 2016, 'Caring for Acutely Ill Patients in General Wards: A Qualitative Study', Archives of Iranian medicine, vol. 19, no. 9. <http://www.aimjournal.ir/article.aspx?id=1054>

Lindenmeyer, A, Redwood, S, Griffith, L, Ahmed, S & Phillimore, J 2016, 'Recent migrants' perspectives on antibiotic use and prescribing: a qualitative study', British Journal of General Practice . https://doi.org/10.3399/bjgp16X686809

Literature review

Kokab, F, Greenfield, S, Lindenmeyer, A, Sidhu, M, Tait, L & Gill, P 2017, 'The experience and influence of social support and social dynamics on cardiovascular disease prevention in migrant Pakistani communities: a qualitative synthesis', Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2017.10.003

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