Catherine is a medical sociologist with expertise in social and ethical aspects of medicine and health care. She has particular research interests medical technology and women’s health. Catherine is a co-convener of the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group (2019 – 2021) and a member of the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Catherine has been a lecturer in Sociology at Loughborough since 2018. Before this she worked as a research fellow in the Centre for Reproduction Research at De Montfort University (2017-8), the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex (2014-7), the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick (2010-2014) and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy at the University of Nottingham (2009 -2010).
- SSC022 Health, the Body and Culture
- SSC024 Gender, Sex and Society
- SSB010 Social Theories
- SSA001 Identities and Inequalities
- SSA002 Global, Social and Cultural Change
Catherine welcomes PhD students, particularly in sociology of health and medicine.
Current postgraduate research students:
- Moreton, Christie (2019-) "Digital media use among women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Intersections of health, gender identity and new technology" (ESRC 1+3 funded). With P. Saukko
- Taylor, Chantelle (2020 -) “Sharing the Narrative: Exploring how women’s past experiences of mental health problems following childbirth can help those currently suffering with perinatal mental health issues. (ESRC 1 +3 funded). With L. Nyhagen.
- Coveney, C.M, Williams, S. J., & Gabe, J. (2019). Enhancement imaginaries: Exploring public understandings of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancing drugs. Forthcoming in a Special Issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy on Pharmaceutical Cognitive Enhancement.
- Coveney, C.M, Williams, S. J., & Gabe, J. (2019). Medicalisation, pharmaceuticalisation, or both? Exploring the medical management of sleeplessness as insomnia. Sociology of health & illness, 41(2), 266-284.
- Faulkner, A., McNamee, M., Coveney, C.M, & Gabe, J. (2017). Where biomedicalisation and magic meet: Therapeutic innovations of elite sports injury in British professional football and cycling. Social Science & Medicine, 178, 136-143.
- Gabe, J., Coveney, C.M., Williams, S.J. (2016) Prescriptions and proscriptions: Moralising sleeping pills, Sociology of Health and Illness 38(4): 627–644.
- Coveney, C.M. (2014). Managing sleep and wakefulness in a 24 hour world. Sociology of Health and Illness, 36(1):123-136.
- Coveney, C.M., Williams, S.J., & Gabe. J. (2011). The sociology of cognitive enhancement: Medicalisation and beyond. Health Sociology Review, 20(4): 378-390.
- Coveney, C.M. (2011). Cognitive enhancement? Exploring modafinil use in social context in Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences, Editors: M.D. Pickersgill and I. van Keulen, Bingley: Emerald, pp. 203-228.
- Coveney, C.M., Nerlich, B., & Martin, P. (2009). Modafinil in the media: metaphors, medicalisation and the body. Social Science & Medicine, 68(3): 487-495.