Josephine T. V. Greenbrook


The Life Context and Health
Visiting address
Arvid Wallgrens backe hus 1 och 2
41346 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 457
40530 Göteborg

About Josephine T. V. Greenbrook

Josephine T. V. Greenbrook is an interdisciplinary researcher and scholar; having originally founded roots in humanistic and clinical psychology and transcultural psychiatry - before turning to medical sociology - and continuing on to medical law, medical ethics, global health bioethics, and migration medicine. Her doctoral research in medical law brought together the fields of migration medicine, the sociology of law, medical ethics, and anthropological theory of liminality and liminal space. Her work continues to be both inherently interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary, and her research and teaching cover a broad spectrum of the medical humanities and social sciences; including medical jurisprudence, practical ethics, medical psychology, medical sociology, medical anthropology, migration medicine, transcultural psychiatry, and medical education. She explores the social sciences, medicine, and the law, navigating the liminal spaces between these fields, with a specific focus on highlighting humanity and the socio-cultural (in all its complexity) in medical contexts and medical education.

MSc Mental Health Psychology (University of Liverpool)
LLM Medical Law and Ethics (University of Edinburgh)
MSc Sociology (University of Gothenburg)
MEd Teaching in Higher Education (Dissertation pending - University of Gothenburg)
PhD(c) in Medical Law (University of Edinburgh)

Responsibilities & Affiliations
Josephine is an accredited lecturer at Sahlgrenska Academy in healthcare research methods, scientific theory, research ethics and regulation, medical ethics and bioethics, medical jurisprudence and human rights in medicine, transcultural medicine and psychiatry, clinical empathy, and medical sociology (among other things).

Josephine is currently also Deputy Director of the Mason Institute for Medicine Life Sciences and the Law, at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh. Additionally, she serves as an external expert consultant in empirical methods, as well as in research ethics and regulation, and humanitarian global health biothics on multiple international research projects. Further, she is active in forwarding empirical findings in applied settings, engaging with the public both in medicine, healthcare, and the humanitarian sector.

Other current research affiliations also include the Department of Research and Development at Angered Hospital, VGR, and the Department of General Psychiatry at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Josephine is also the founder and chair of I Should Be Thriving: Advancing Minorities in Academia, an an inclusive virtual community seeking to decolonise academia through the countering of epistemic injustice in academic spaces and supporting a thriving diversity of voices across disciplines.

Research Summary
Areas of research include migration medicine (primarily undocumented migration), physicians' pathway development, medical jurisprudence, human rights in medicine, transcultural psychiatry, medical ethics and bioethics, clinical empathy, sexual and reproductive health rights, medical sociology, psychometrics, humanistic medicine, transcultural encounters in healthcare and higher education, global health emergencies, and the decolonisation of research ethics and methods in health research.

Current Research Interests
Josephine currently researches physicians, throughout their careers, at all stages, in all contexts. She is interested in how context and structure influence their behaviour in everyday praxis, focusing on legal consciousness, alienation and anomie in modern medicine, identity development, interpersonal neurobiology, applied medical ethics, transcultural care provision, and clinical empathy (among other things). Her research also explores biopsychosocial health and illness in the context of undocumented migration; focusing on the experiences of people living as undocumented migrants, and their intersection with healthcare institutions and health care professionals. Further, she is involved in multiple research projects covering global health, where she focuses on structural and systemic violence and its impact on health, sexual reproductive health rights, gender equality, mental health, social cohesion, and the decolonisation of research ethics and methods. Past research project have covered humanistic psychology and pluralistic psychotherapy, social movements in health, person-centered medicine, psychometrics, and the psychosocial impacts of stillbirth.

Social Media
Twitter: @medicalhumanist