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Dr Kerreen Reiger Honorary Associate, Sociology

Kerreen Reiger is an historical and health sociologist whose teaching areas have included changes in gender relations and families, qualitative research methodology, critical social policy and gender and sexuality in work and organisational settings. Her published work has explored the extension of technical rationality to the household in Australia, maternity reform movements in post-war decades and the relevance of critical social theory to relationships in health care. In recent years, her research has focused primarily on the management of childbirth; the impact of new public management on health services; inter-professional relationships in hospital workplaces; policies on overseas trained health workers, and public participation and citizenship claims and quality improvement strategies in health care. As she holds a visiting professor position from 2007-11 at Queen's University Belfast, she is also strongly interested in health and welfare issues in the UK and Ireland. Kerreen is currently supervising postgraduate theses in class transition, obstetric hegemony, transgender knowledge construction and historical analysis of women's work.


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