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B.A. (First Class Honours) Social Science: Polytechnic of Central London. 1985.

M.Sc. Sociology with Special Reference to the Sociology of Medicine: Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London 1986.

Ph.D. Faculty of Economics and Political Science. Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London 1990.Thesis in medical sociology on 'The Consequences of Chronic Respiratory Illness: a Sociological Study'.

Honours: FAcSS


Professor Emeritus (from October 2019>), Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL. Email

2006-2019: Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick.

2000-2005: Reader, Dept of Sociology, University of Warwick.

1997-2000: Senior Lecturer (with Warwick Research Fellowship status), Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick and co-director (with Dr. M. Carpenter) of the Centre for Research in Health, Medicine and Society, University of Warwick: 1998-2001.

1995-2001: Warwick Research Fellow in Dept. of Sociology.

1992-1995: Lecturer in Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick.

1989-1992: Research Fellow, Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS); University of Kent at Canterbury.

1986-1992: Part-time undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in (medical) sociology at the following institutions: Polytechnic of Central London; Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London; St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London, and; University of Kent at Canterbury.


Courses taught upon have included:

Undergraduate: sociology of health and illness (2nd & 3rd year module); technologies of the gendered body; health in the community (pre-clinical module: Warwick Medical School); special study module on sleep medicine (Warwick Medical School); field studies (2nd year module); introduction to research methods (1st year undergraduate).

Postgraduate: sociology of the body (MA module option); Neuroscience, Self and Society (MA module option); MA sociological research in health care; researching society (MA/doctoral research methods training programme) research process and design (Doctoral Training Programme).

Research Interests/Expertise:

Sociology of the body, health and emotions; bioscience, biomedicine and biotechnology; new digital technologies and everyday/night life; social theory; social research methods..


A wide range of publications, including contributions to (international, peer reviewed) journals such as Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Science and Medicine, Health, International Journal of Health Services, Sociology, Body & Society, Sociological Research Online. Books include the following:

1. Williams S.J. (1993) Chronic Respiratory Illness. London: Routledge (pp. 160).

2. Williams S.J. and Calnan M. (eds.) (1996) Modern Medicine: Lay Perspectives and Experiences. London: UCL Press (pp. 270).

3. Williams S.J. and Bendelow G. (1998) The Lived Body: Sociological Themes, Embodied Issues. London: Routledge. (pp. 261).

4. Bendelow G. and Williams S.J. (eds.) (1998) Emotions in Social Life: Social Theories and Contemporary Issues. London: Routledge. (pp. 336).

5. Williams S.J. (2001) Emotions and Social Theory: Corporeal Reflections on the (Ir)rational. London: Sage (pp. 168).

6. Williams S.J., Gabe J., and Calnan M. (eds.) (2000) Health, Medicine and Society: Key Theories, Future Agendas. (London: Routledge) (pp. 365).

7. Bendelow, G., Carpenter, M., Vautier, C., Williams, S. (eds.) (2002) Gender, Health and Healing: The Public/Private Divide. London: Routledge (pp. 292).

8. Williams S.J. 2003 Medicine and the Body. London: Sage.

9. Williams, S.J., Birke, L. and Bendelow, G. (eds.) 2003 Debating Biology: Sociological Reflections on Health, Medicine and Society. London: Routledge.

10. Williams, S.J. (2005) Sleep and Society: Sociological Ventures into the (Un)known. London: Routledge.

11. Williams, S.J., Gabe, J. and Davis, P.B. (eds) (2009) Pharmaceuticals and society: critical discourses and debates. Oxford: Blackwells.

12. Williams, S.J. (2011) The Politics of Sleep: Governing (Un)Consciousness in the Late Modern Age. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

13. Meloni, M., Williams, S.J.,and Martin, P. (eds) (2016) Biosocial Matters: Rethinking Sociology-Biology Relations in the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

A new co-authored book is also now underway on 'TechnoSleep: Frontiers, Fictions, Futures' (Palgrave).

Last Edited: November 2020