Professor of Sociology, UNSW

Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology at UNSW Sydney. He is recognised as an international leader in the social aspects of medicine and health, specialising in illness and wellness experiences; the therapeutic encounter; heath and medical decision-making; experiences of suffering, healing and survivorship; and, the dynamics of caregiving. He is particularly concerned with fostering greater inclusion of patient, community and consumer voices and experiences in the character and delivery of healthcare.

Empirically he is currently exploring these, and many other issues, in areas such as cancer, palliative and end-of-life care; death, dying and bereavement; chronic illness; and, infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. His work extends across a variety of cultural contexts, with current projects in Australia, Britain, India and Brazil. His recent books (authored) include Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life (Routledge, 2015) and Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care (Routledge 2017, with Ana Dragojlovic).

Across all his projects Alex works regularly with a wide range of industry partners (e.g. hospitals, community organisations, professional organisations related to health and medicine) with a focus on improving people's experiences of illness and the delivery of healthcare. His program of research melds the conceptual richness of sociology with the value of applied, translational health research. He specialises in qualitative research, but employs a wide range of research methods to gain a better understanding of complex and emerging social problems.

He has published over 200 publications including 12 books. He is co-Director of UNSW's Practical Justice Initiative. He is also a PLuS Alliance Fellow - a partnership between King’s College London, Arizona State University and UNSW - working across the areas of Global Health and Social Justice.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Sociology; Australian Research Council Future Fellow , University of Queensland