Josephine T. V. Greenbrook


School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Visiting address
Medicinaregatan 18A
41390 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 469
40530 Göteborg

About Josephine T. V. Greenbrook

Background Josephine T. V. Greenbrook is an interdisciplinary researcher; having originally founded roots in humanistic 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 her research and teaching cover a broad spectrum of the medical humanities and social sciences, 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 (Dissertating - University of Gothenburg)
  • PhD in Medical Law (University of Edinburgh)

Responsibilities & Affiliations Josephine currently serves as the chair for the Platform for Migration, Health and Human Rights at Sahlgrenska Academy, and is an accredited lecturer in migration medicine, healthcare research methods, research ethics and regulation, medical ethics and bioethics, medical jurisprudence and human rights in medicine, transcultural psychiatry, clinical empathy, and medical sociology.

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 General Psychiatry at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Josephine is also the founder and chair of Thriving 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, 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, in a variety of stages and contexts. She is interested in how context and structure influence their behaviour in everyday praxis, focusing on the lived experience of law and liminality in medical praxis, alienation and anomie in modern medicine, and professional (and personal) identity development among psychiatrists. Her research also explores broadened descriptions of health and illness in the context of undocumented migration and among unaccompanied minors; focusing on lived experiences, and intersections with healthcare institutions and healthcare 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, 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.

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