Professor Justin Waring

Health Services Management Centre
Professor of Medical Sociology & Healthcare Organisation

Contact details

School of Social Policy, HSMC
Park House
University of Birmingham
B15 2RT, United Kingdom

Justin Waring is Professor of Medical Sociology and Healthcare Organisation at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. His research deals with the changing organisation and management of healthcare systems, and public services more broadly.

His primary interest is to understand how new organisational forms and processes interact with institutionalised professional practices, cultures and identitites; and how such institutional influences can both stimulate or stymie reform. He is interested in the application of social theory to different social, cultural and organisational contexts, as a means of both explaining social phenomena and extending theoretical rigour. The conceptual and theoretical foundations of hiswork involves making connections between medical and organisational sociology, sociology of the professions and public services management. He specialises in the use of ethnographic and mixed method research techniques. 


  • PhD, University of Nottingham
  • MSc
  • BA, University of Liverpool


Recent publications

Chapter in book

Cruickshank, J. 2020. In press. ‘Epistemology’ [3000 words; peer reviewed], in S. Delamont, P. Atkinson, A. Cernat, R. A. Williams, and Sakshaug, J. (eds), SAGE Research Methods Foundations. London: Sage.


Waring, J & Bishop, S 2019, 'Health states of exception: unsafe non-care and the (inadvertent) production of bare life in complex care transitionsSociology of Health and Illness.

Bishop, S & Waring, J 2019, 'From boundary object to boundary subject; the role of the patient in coordination across complex systems of care during hospital dischargeSocial Science & Medicine

Heavey, E, Waring, J, De Brún, A, Dawson, P & Scott, J 2019, 'Patients’ conceptualizations of responsibility for healthcare: a typology for understanding differing attributions in the context of patient safetyJournal of Health and Social Behavior, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 188-203.

Waring, J & Crompton, A 2019, 'The struggles for (and of) network management: an ethnographic study of non-dominant policy actors in the English healthcare systemPublic Management Review

Clarke, J, Waring, J & Timmons, S 2019, 'The challenge of inclusive coproduction: the importance of situated rituals and emotional inclusivity in the coproduction of health research projectsSocial Policy and Administration, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 233-248.

Waring, J, Bishop, S, Clarke, J, Exworthy, M, Fulop, NJ, Hartley, J & Ramsay, AIG 2018, 'Healthcare leadership with political astuteness (HeLPA): a qualitative study of how service leaders understand and mediate the informal ‘power and politics’ of major health system changeBMC Health Services Research, vol. 18, 918.

Crowther, A, Taylor, A, Toney, R, Meddings, S, Whale, T, Jennings, H, Pollock, K, Bates, P, Henderson, C, Waring, J & Slade, M 2018, 'The impact of Recovery Colleges on mental health staff, services and societyEpidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, pp. 1-8.

Waring, J & Bishop, S 2018, 'Transforming professional and service user identities in the heterotopian 'hybrid spaces' of public-private partnershipsPolicy and politics, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 663-679.

Toney, R, Elton, D, Munday, E, Hamill, K, Crowther, A, Meddings, S, Taylor, A, Henderson, C, Jennings, H, Waring, J, Pollock, K, Bates, P & Slade, M 2018, 'Mechanisms of action and outcomes for students in recovery collegesPsychiatric Services, vol. 69, no. 12, pp. 1222-1229.

Petrakaki, D, Hilberg, E & Waring, J 2018, 'Between empowerment and self-discipline: governing patients' conduct through technological self-careSocial Science & Medicine, vol. 213, pp. 146-153.

Clarke, JM & Waring, J 2018, 'The transformative role of interaction rituals within therapeutic communitiesSociology of Health and Illness, vol. 40, no. 8, pp. 1277-1293.

O'Hara, JK, Aase, K & Waring, J 2018, 'Scaffolding our systems? Patients and families € reaching in' as a source of healthcare resilience.BMJ Quality and Safety , vol. 28, pp. 3-6.

Latif, A, Waring, J, Watmough, D, Boyd, MJ & Elliott, RA 2018, '‘I expected just to walk in, get my tablets and then walk out’: on framing new community pharmacy services in the English healthcare systemSociology of Health and Illness, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 1019-1036.

Martin, GP & Waring, J 2018, 'Realising governmentality: Pastoral power, governmental discourse and the (re) constitution of subjectivitiesSociological Review, vol. 66, no. 6, pp. 1292-1308.


Bevir, M, Needham, C & Waring, J 2019, 'Inside co-production: ruling, resistance, and practiceSocial Policy and Administration, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 197-202.

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