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Prof Gillian Bendelow

Post:Associate (Sociology)
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Before entering higher education as a mature student, Gillian Bendelow worked in London's East End as a ward sister and community psychiatric nurse. Between 1990-1995, she was a founder member of the Social Science Research Unit, University of London, where she completed her doctoral research in 1992 on the sociology of pain, under the supervision of Professor Ann Oakley with the help of an ESRC studentship award. From 1995 to 2003, she worked at the University of Warwick as a Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work and as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. She was appointed as Reader to the Department of Sociology at the University of Sussex in 2003 and became Professor in 2006.


Professor of Medical Sociology

Director of Internationalisation ( LPS)

Member of School Executive Board (LPS)

Community and Business

Gillian was a Committee member of the British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group from 2001, including acting as Convenor between 2005-8, and a member the BSA Executive Council (2006-2011)

From September 2010, Gillian was appointed for a three year term as a Trustee for the Foundation for Sociology of Health and Illness https://, renewed for another three years until 2016

Member of Advisory Board, Chronic Pain Australia ( 2010- present)

 Gillian was elected for a three year term from August 2010-2013 as a Public Governor (Brighton and Hove) for the  Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has been appointed as as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow for the Trust from 2013-2016