Dr. Alex Broom

Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney. He is recognized as an international leader in sociology, with a specific interest in health, illness and care. His work takes a person-centred approach, qualitatively exploring the intersections of individual experience and social, political and economic context. His recent books include: Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life (2015), Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care (2017 with Ana Dragojlovic) and Survivorship: A Sociology of Cancer in Everyday Life (2021 with Katie Kenny). He founded and directs the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies, which articulates his focus on the multidimensionality of health, and critical thinking therein. Over the course of his career, and working in partnership with community, government and industry, he has been an investigator on over AU$20 million in competitive research grants, including 15 Australian Research Council (ARC) grants. With a focus on balancing foundational and translational scholarship, he has published extensively in the sociology of health, illness and care, with a focus on person-centred, qualitative analyses. He was previously an ARC Future Fellow, and has recently held Honorary/Visiting Professorial positions at King’s College London and The University of Vienna. He is currently Member of the ARCs College of Experts (2021-24) and recently Member/Co-Chair of the Health Research Council of New Zealands funding committee (2018-2022).