Prof Ellen Annandale
Head of Department



After completing my BSc in Sociology at the University of Leicester, I studied for my MA and PhD in Sociology at Brown University in the USA. In 2012 I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine from Umeå University in Sweden.

My first academic position was at the MRC Medical Sociology Unit (now MRC Social and Public Health Science Unit) at the University of Glasgow, where I worked as a researcher on the West of Scotland 2007 Study of health in the community. Thereafter I joined Warwick University as a lecturer and subsequently the University of Leicester as Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Sociology, before coming to York as Professor and Head of Department in 2013.

Between 2004 and 2012, I was Editor-in-chief of the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Between 2013-2015 I was a Vice President of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and Chaired ESA's Postgraduate Committee. 

With Maria Carmella Agodi I am co-editor of the ESA Book Series Studies in European Sociology, published by Routledge.

With Xiaodong Lin, I am co-editor of the Book Series Global Research in Gender, Sexuality and Health, published by Palgrave.



My main research interests lie in the sociology of health and illness and the sociology of gender, and especially the connections these two fields, This is reflected, for example, in my most recent single authored books are Women's Health and Social Change (Routledge, 2009) which was shortlisted for the BSA Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize and the 2nd edition of The Sociology of Health and Medicine (Polity, 2014) which was Highly Commened in the 2015 BMA Book Awards.

I am currently working with colleagues at Umeå University on a new 4 year project funded by the Swedish Research Council (directed by Anne Hammarström) researching ‘How sex, gender and health are interwoven’ and with Ellen Kuhlmann on gender issues in healthcare, including gender mainstreaming. This connects with my longstanding interest in the social organisation and politics of healthcare, which stems back to my doctoral work in the USA on the politics of childbirth. I am also working with colleagues here at York and at the universities of Kent and Queens Belfast on the ESRC-funded project Buildings in the Making (PI Sarah Nettleton).

I was recently engaged with colleagues at Leicester and Loughborough Universities in a project on managerial identities in the English NHS (funded by NIHR) and with Ming Lim (University of Leicester) and Carlo Ruzza (Trento University) on a AHRC ‘Connected Communities’ study of the changing role of the third sector in health care.


Selected publications

Books and Special Issues

Giarelli, Guido, Annandale, Ellen and Ruzza, Carlo (eds) (2014) The Role of Civil Society in Healthcare Systems Reform. Special Issue of Social Science & Medicine, Vol 123

Annandale, Ellen (2014) The Sociology of Health and Medicine, 2nd edn. Polity Press.

Kuhlmann, Ellen and Annandale, Ellen (eds.) (2012) The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare, second edition (London: Palgrave). [Click on this link for more information from the publisher]…..

Hunt, Kate and Annandale, Ellen (eds.) (2011) Gender and Health, Major Themes Series, 4 volumes (London: Routledge) (lead editor, Volume 1 ‘Theoretical and Methodological Developments’ and Volume 3 ‘Gender and Healthcare’).

Ellen Kuhlmann and Ellen Annandale (eds.) (2012) Transforming Health Services and Policy: New International Experiences. Current Sociology, 60(4)

Kuhlmann, Ellen and Annandale, Ellen (eds.) (2010) The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare (London: Palgrave).

Annandale, Ellen (2009) Women's Health and Social Change (London: Routledge).

Ellen Annandale and Elianne Riska (eds.) (2009) New Connections: Towards a Gender Inclusive Approach to Women's and Men's Health. Current Sociology, 57(2)

Annandale, Ellen, Elston, Mary Ann and Prior, Lindsay (eds.) (2004) Medical Work, Medical Knowledge and Health Care (Oxford: Blackwell).

Annandale, Ellen and Hunt, Kate (eds.) (2000) Gender Inequalities in Health (Buckingham: Open University Press.

Backett-Milburn, Kathryn and McKee, K. (eds.) with Annandale, Ellen and Kerr, A. (2001) Gender and the Reproductive Body (London: Macmillan)

Hunt, Kate and Annandale, Ellen (eds.) (1999) Gender and Health (London: Pergamon).

Ellen Annandale (1998) The Sociology of Health and Medicine (Cambridge: Polity).

Further publications

Prof Ellen Annandale

Contact details

Prof. Ellen Annandale
Head of Department
Department of Sociology
University of York
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904-324561