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


Lange, D, Lindenmeyer, A, Warren, K, Haroon, S & Nagakumar, P 2024, '“Will anybody listen?” parents’ views on childhood asthma care: a qualitative study', BJGP Open. https://doi.org/10.3399/BJGPO.2024.0070

Patel, V, Lindenmeyer, A, Gao, F & Yeung, J 2023, 'A qualitative study exploring the lived experiences of patients living with mild, moderate and severe frailty, following hip fracture surgery and hospitalisation', PLoS ONE, vol. 18, no. 5, e0285980. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0285980

PCOS SEva Working Group, Elghobashy, M, Lau, GM, Davitadze, M, Gillett, C, O'reilly, M, Arlt, W, Lindenmeyer, A & Kempegowda, P 2023, 'Concerns and expectations in women with polycystic ovary syndrome vary across age and ethnicity: findings from PCOS Pearls Study', Frontiers in Endocrinology, vol. 14, 1175548. https://doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2023.1175548

PCOS SEva Working Group 2022, 'A systematic review of lived experiences of people with polycystic ovary syndrome highlights the need for holistic care and co-creation of educational resources', Frontiers in Endocrinology, vol. 13, 1064937. https://doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2022.1064937

Al-Arkee, S, Mason, J, Lindenmeyer, A & Jalal, Z 2022, 'Pharmacist management of atrial fibrillation in UK primary care: a qualitative study', Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice, vol. 15, no. 1, 98. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40545-022-00486-0

Ghweeba, M, Lindenmeyer, A, Shishi, S, Waheed, A, Kofi, M & Amer, S 2022, 'The Attitudes of Egyptian Web-Based Health Information Seekers Toward Health Information Provided Through the Internet: Qualitative Study', JMIR Formative Research, vol. 6, no. 2, e30108. https://doi.org/10.2196/30108

Fu, L, Lindenmeyer, A, Phillimore, J & Lessard-Phillips, L 2022, 'Vulnerable migrants’ access to healthcare in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK', Public Health, vol. 203, pp. 36-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2021.12.008

Khanna, D, de Wildt, G, de Souza Duarte Filho, LAM, Bajaj, M, Lai, JF, Gardiner, E, de Araújo Fonseca, AMF, Lindenmeyer, A & Rosa, PS 2021, 'Improving treatment outcomes for leprosy in Pernambuco, Brazil: a qualitative study exploring the experiences and perceptions of retreatment patients and their carers', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 21, no. 1, 282. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-021-05980-5

Kokab, F, Greenfield, S, Lindenmeyer, A, Sidhu, M, Tait, L & Gill, P 2020, 'Social networks, health and identity: exploring culturally embedded masculinity with the Pakistani community, West Midlands, UK', BMC Public Health, vol. 20, no. 1, 1432. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09504-9

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

Other contribution

Besana, M, Lessard-Phillips, L, Fu, L, Lindenmeyer, A & Phillimore, J 2021, How the ‘hostile environment’ and online-only services stop the vulnerable from using the NHS. London School of Economics and Political Science. <https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/covid19/2021/09/22/how-the-hostile-environment-and-online-only-services-stop-the-vulnerable-from-using-the-nhs/ >

Other report

Lessard-Phillips, L, Lindenmeyer, A, Phillimore, J, Fu, L & Jones, L 2022, Vulnerability, migration, and wellbeing: investigating experiences, perceptions, and barriers. Nuffield Foundation. <https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Vulnerability-migration-and-well-being-report-21-November-2022.pdf>

Lessard-Phillips, L, Fu, L, Lindenmeyer, A, Phillimore, J & Dayoub, R 2021, Barrier to wellbeing: Migration and vulnerability during the pandemic. Doctors of the World UK, London. <https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Barriers-to-wellbeing-09.21.pdf>

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