Professor Liz Walker

Professor Liz Walker

Professor of Health and Social Work Research

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work

Qualifications

  • BA (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg)
  • BA (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg)
  • MA (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg)
  • PhD (University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg)

Summary

Professor Walker has an international research profile within the field of the sociology of health and gender and its applicability to social work.

Her expertise in the area of HIV/AIDS in southern Africa has been influential in the areas of social inequality and stigma. Her recent work focuses on the sociology of with chronic illness, specifically auto-immune conditions.

Professor Walker is Academic Lead of the Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research (ICAHR) and lead researcher for the Social and Psychological Aspects of Research into Long-term health Conditions (SPARC) group. She is Associate Director of the Wolfson Palliative Care Research Centre and Chair of the Faculty of Health Sciences Ethics Committee.

Social Research Methods

Social and Health Inequalities

Loss, Dying, Bereavement

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

"Just because people are old, just because they're ill…" dignity matters in district nursing

Stevens, E., Price, L., & Walker, L. (2022). “Just because people are old, just because they're ill…” dignity matters in district nursing. The journal of adult protection, 24(1), 3-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-07-2021-0024

Making the mundane remarkable: an ethnography of the 'dignity encounter' in community district nursing

Stevens, E., Price, E., & Walker, E. (in press). Making the mundane remarkable: an ethnography of the ‘dignity encounter’ in community district nursing. Ageing and Society, https://doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x21000738

Group-based Tai Chi as therapy for alleviating experiences of social death in people with advanced, incurable disease: an ethnographic study

Bradshaw, A., Walker, L., Borgstrom, E., & Burke, S. (2021). Group-based Tai Chi as therapy for alleviating experiences of social death in people with advanced, incurable disease: an ethnographic study. Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1080/2159676x.2021.1879918

'When I asked for help and support it was not there': current NHS employment practice and its impact on people with systemic lupus erythematosus

Booth, S., Price, E., & Walker, E. (2021). ‘When I asked for help and support it was not there’: current NHS employment practice and its impact on people with systemic lupus erythematosus. Rheumatology Advances in Practice, 5(1), https://doi.org/10.1093/rap/rkab019

'It was like an animal in pain': Institutional thoughtlessness and bereavement in prison

Wilson, M., Johnston, H., & Walker, L. (in press). 'It was like an animal in pain': Institutional thoughtlessness and bereavement in prison. Criminology & criminal Justice, https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895820930755

Research interests

Lived experience of Long Term Conditions

Palliative and end of life care

HIV/AIDS

Marginal masculinities

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Walker currently supervises in the fields of sociology of chronic illness and multimorbidity.