Suzanne studied Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours (1999) and PhD (2006)) and an MSc in Public Health Research at the University of Edinburgh in 2010. Her doctorate was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship and an Emslie Horniman/Sutasoma Trust Award from the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Based on 30 months of ethnographic fieldwork amongst the Nivaclé indigenous people of the Paraguayan Chaco from 2001-3, her PhD examined the impact of Mennonite settler colonisation on Nivaclé individual and social wellbeing. She subsequently held research positions at the Universities of Dundee and Glasgow examining the impact of financial incentives on UK general practice organisation and culture before being awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) Population Health Scientist Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2009-13. She has been a Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at the University of Dundee since 2013.
Suzanne is a medical anthropologist and her research is located at the interface between anthropology, medicine and healthcare safety and quality. The overarching aim of her work is to improve understandings of safety, risk, wellbeing and dignity within and across healthcare organisational contexts through research that is both methodologically innovative and theoretically engaged. Drawing on insights from social and medical anthropology and sociology, her research adopts a novel approach to understanding and improving healthcare safety and quality through the application of innovative ethnographic and video reflexive ethnographic (VRE) methods. Her research focusses on the co-creation of safety, wellbeing and dignity by professionals, patients and their families across different healthcare organisational contexts, and the development of ethnography and VRE as research and improvement methodologies.
Suzanne co-convenes the British Sociological Association (BSA) Medical Sociology Scottish Regional Group and is a member of the Video Reflexive Ethnography International Association (VREIA).
Current funded research:
Improving the safety of inter-professional collaboration in an Acute Medical Unit: an examination of the feasibility and implementation of video reflexive ethnography (VRE) in UK healthcare, Grant S, Guthrie B, Mesman J, Tenovus Scotland Major Research Grant, £57K
Improving medicines management across organisational boundaries using video reflexive ethnography, Grant S, Guthrie B., The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute PhD Fellowship in Healthcare Improvement Studies, October 2018-September 2021, £89K
Understanding and improving antimicrobial prescribing in care homes: a multidisciplinary approach, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Marwick CA, Guthrie B, Grant S, Donnan P, Francis J, Lorencatto F, Hughes C, Sept 2017-Aug 2021, £948K
From origins to output: an ethnographic study of routinely collected social care data creation, processes and management. Witham M, Grant S, Kroll T, Atherton I., Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Scottish Government Co-funded Postgraduate Studentship March 2014 – present, £56K
Suzanne has completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PGCAPHE) and has the following teaching commitments:
- Module Leader, Ethnographic Methods in Healthcare Research and Improvement, BMSc in Healthcare Improvement, University of Dundee.
- Module Leader, Behavioural and Social Sciences, Master of Public Health (MPH), University of Dundee
- Supervising the following BMSc in Healthcare Improvement ethnographic dissertation projects:
- 2015-16: “An ethnographic study of communication of medicines reconciliation from secondary care to primary care at discharge”. Student: Danielle Cunningham (Distinction)
- 2014-15: “An ethnographic study of multidisciplinary team meetings within the community mental health setting”. Student: Marianne Inglis (Distinction)
'Dynamics of dignity and safety: a discussion' BMJ Quality & Safety, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 488-491.
'Between demarcation and discretion: the medical-administrative boundary as a locus of safety in high-volume organisational routines' Social Science and Medicine, vol. 203, pp. 43-50.
'A meta-ethnography of the facilitators and barriers to successful implementation of patient complaints processes in health-care settings' Health Expectations, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 508-517.
'Efficiency and thoroughness trade-offs in high-volume organisational routines: an ethnographic study of prescribing safety in primary care' BMJ Quality & Safety, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 199-206.
'The role of informal dimensions of safety in high-volume organisational routines: an ethnographic study of test results handling in UK general practice' Implementation Science, vol. 12, no. 1, 56, pp. 1-12.
'Spatio-temporal elements of articulation work in the achievement of repeat prescribing safety in UK general practice' Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 306-324.
'Beyond monitors: distributed situation awareness in anaesthesia management' vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 104-124.
'Soft governance, restratification and the 2004 general medical services contract: the case of UK primary care organisations and general practice teams' Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 30-51.
'Good practice statements on safe laboratory testing: a mixed methods approach by the Linneaus collaboration on patient safety in primary care' European Journal of General Practice, vol. 21, no. Suppl. 1, pp. 19-25.
Fences, pathways and a peripatetic sense of community: Kinship and residence amongst the Nivaclé of the Paraguayan Chaco. in A Arnason, N Ellison, J Vergunst & A Whitehouse (eds), Landscapes Beyond Land: Routes, Aesthetics, Narratives. vol. 19, Berghahn Books, pp. 67-82.
'Contributions Of Ethnography To The Study Of Public Services Management' Public Management Review, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 209-225.
'The impact of pay-for-performance on professional boundaries in UK general practice: an ethnographic study' Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 229-245.
'Biomedicine, holism and general medical practice: responses to the 2004 General Practitioner contract' Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 788-803.
'Whither British general practice after the 2004 GMS contract? stories and realities of change in four UK general practices' Journal of Health Organization and Management, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 63-78.