Josephine Greenbrook

Josephine Greenbrook


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Dr. Greenbrook is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in humanistic clinical psychology, the sociology of law and medicine, and medical law and ethics. Her work investigates physicians, throughout their careers, in a variety of stages and contexts where conflicts arise - particularly in relation to migration and health. She is interested in how context and structure influence physicians' behaviour in everyday praxis, focusing on the lived experience of law and liminality in medicine, alienation and anomie in modern medical institutions, and professional (and personal) identity development across medical careers. Her research also explores broadened descriptions of health and illness in the context of undocumented migration and among unaccompanied minors; focusing on lived experiences, and intersections with healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals. Further, she is involved in multiple research projects covering global health, where she focuses on structural and systemic violence and its impact on health, sexual reproductive health rights, gender equality, mental health, and the decolonisation of research ethics and methodologies.


Dr. Greenbrook currently serves as Deputy Director for the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law, at Edinburgh Law School, and is also chair for the Platform for Migration, Health, and Human Rights at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

She is also the founder and chair of Thriving in Academia, an an inclusive global community, seeking to decolonise academia through the countering of epistemic injustice in academic spaces and supporting a thriving diversity of voices across disciplines.


  • MSc Mental Health Psychology (University of Liverpool)
  • LLM Medical Law and Ethics (University of Edinburgh)
  • MSc Sociology (University of Gothenburg)
  • MEd Teaching in Higher Education (Dissertating - University of Gothenburg)
  • PhD in Medical Law (University of Edinburgh)


External positions

Researcher, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

1 May 2024 → …

College Research Themes

  • Identities & Inequalities
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine


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