Catherine is a medical sociologist, specialising in the sociology of science and technology in health intervention research.
Her interests lie at the intersection of the social and biomedical sciences, and have focused to date on the ways in which the design of clinical research produces particular configurations of knowledge, sociality and change. She is currently based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. She previously held fellowships at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, the Department of Sociology at the University of York and the Institute for Science, Innovation & Society at the University of Oxford.
She received her PhD in Medical Sociology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in 2010, where she also worked as a Research Fellow (2004-2008). During this time, she carried out qualitative and mixed-method research on vaginal microbicides as part of the UK MRC/DFID funded Microbicides Development Programme and on the socio-cultural aspects of malaria treatment and prevention in Tanzania and Mozambique. Through these projects, she acquired extensive experience in qualitative and mixed-method research, data management and analysis, qualitative research training, and project design and coordination.
More recently, she has undertaken ethnographic research into collaboration and standardisation in transnational medical research and how frontline staff use patient experience data to improve care in the NHS. She currently teaches ethnography on a suite of qualitative research methods courses at the University of Oxford.