- Interdisciplinary Research in Health Sciences (IRIHS) Research Group
Dr Sara Shaw is a Senior Researcher at the University of Oxford. She has a background in medical sociology and policy studies and her research focuses on the organisation and development of healthcare policy and practice. Her particular interests lie in the development of health and social policies, how these are understood and interpreted by patients, practitioners, professionals and policymakers, and how policies shape organisational processes, routines and decision-making. She has considerable experience of developing and applying qualitative methods and has undertaken work on topics ranging from NHS commissioning and integrated care to health research policy and research governance.
Sara is committed to working across boundaries. In addition to her position at University of Oxford, she is Honorary Reader at Queen Mary University of London and Visiting Senior Fellow at the Nuffield Trust, an independent UK charity focused on researching health policy and the organisation and delivery of health care. She has undertaken work for the Department of Health, Royal College of General Practitioners, Faculty of Public Health, National Institute for Health Research and NHS R&D Forum. She is on the Editorial Board of Sociology of Health & Illness, is Associate Editor for BMC Health Services Research; and has published widely on topics including shaping national health research policy, critical approaches to understanding and analysing policy and the organisation of health and social care.
Sara currently supervises three DPhil students (Oxford) and one PhD (QMUL) student and is happy to discuss supervision with other potential students interested in any of the above.