Courtney Buckler

PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2018

Research topic: Exploring the ideological function of Evidence-Based Medicine in Pharmaceutical Prescription and Consumption

My research looks at how Medical Students and Junior Doctors understand and deploy Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). I use STS and feminist epistemological approaches to explore the relationship between what gets to count as evidence in medicine and clinicians’ prescribing practices.  For the Masters element of my studentship, I am looking at the policing and enforcement of what ‘causes’ depression amongst Twitter users. I am interested in how social media use disrupts the flow of medical knowledge, pushing it beyond its traditional instutionalised boundaries. I care about mental health policy and exploring more responsible ways of approaching ‘facts’ in medicine.

Research supervisors: Dr Hannah Farrimond, Professor Susan Kelly

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Member of the Lived Experience Working Group for University College London’s Mental Health Policy Unit.

Suicide Alerter and Intervenor for Devon based charity, Action to Prevent Suicide.