Dr Suzanne Grant

Senior Lecturer

Population Health and Genomics, School of Medicine

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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:

NHS Scotland polypharmacy reviews: a qualitative evaluation, Grant S, Guthrie B. The Scottish Government.

Improving medicines management across organisational boundaries using video reflexive ethnography (VRE), Grant S, Morales D, The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute PhD Fellowship in Healthcare Improvement Studies.

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.

Understanding and improving antimicrobial prescribing in care homes: a multidisciplinary approach, Marwick CA, Guthrie B, Grant S, Donnan P, Francis J, Lorencatto F, Hughes C. Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

From origins to output: an ethnographic study of routinely collected social care data creation, processes and management. Grant S, Witham M, Kroll T, Atherton I., Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - Scottish Government Co-funded Postgraduate Studentship.

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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)