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Research interests

My research is situated within the political sociology of medicine and pharmaceuticals. My main area of interest is the transparency of interactions between drug companies, patient organisations, and the health service. In addition, I examine social processes, especially lobbying, associated with the scientific assessment as well as pricing and reimbursement of medical technologies.

I draw on key traditions in political sociology, especially the work of Marx, Weber as well as C.W. Mills, Theda Skocpol, Stephen Lukes, and G. William Domhoff. I utilise multiple research methods ranging from ethnography and in-depth elite interviews to surveys, regression analysis, and social network analysis. I also have experience in using investigative methods, such as freedom of information requests. My research often results in creating large publicly available databases, some of which can be accessed through this website.

The initial focus of my work has been on Central-European countries such as Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia. More recently, I have been examining pharmaceutical policy in the UK, with a particular focus on England, as well as Nordic countries. Beyond Europe, I have a special interest in Japan and New Zealand.

I have published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in top-ranking journals including The British Medical Journal, Big Data and Society, Social Science and Medicine, Theory and Society and The British Journal of Sociology.

My research is frequently covered by the media, including The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, and Sky News. Beyond the UK, it has featured, among others, in Le Monde, La Vanguardia, Le Soir, and Expressen.

My collaborative work with colleagues from Sweden and Japan has been supported by grants from international funders including the Swedish Research Council FORTE, Swedish Research Council VR, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.

Research interests

  • Conflicts of interest
  • Lobbying
  • Transparency
  • Industry self-regulation
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Drug pricing and reimbursement
  • Health technology assessment

Recent and current research projects

What can be learnt from the new pharmaceutical industry payment disclosures?, funding provided by the Swedish Research council FORTE

Research affiliations

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Lecturer, Department of Social & Policy Sciences


Lecturer, Department of Social & Policy Sciences


Prize Fellow, Department of Social & Policy Sciences


Research Associate, University of Leicester


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge


Master of Arts, University of Warsaw



  • HM Sociology
  • Power
  • Transparency
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Disclosure


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