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Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr Claire Tanner is a health sociologist and postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the sociology of science, the body and health. Before commencing work at The University of Melbourne Claire was a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, where she was awarded her Doctorate in 2011.


  • 2016–present
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne
  • 2015–2016
    Lecturer Sociology, Monash University
  • 2011–2015
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash University


  • 2011 
    Monash University, PhD


  • 2016
    Stem cell tourism and the political economy of hope, Palgrave MacMillan
  • 2016
    University students’ drinking as a social practice and the challenge for public health, Critical Public Health
  • 2015
    Mothers caring through injury: how can we understand the dual burden of caregivers' recovery?, Journal of Family Studies
  • 2015
    Starting antidepressant use: a qualitative synthesis of UK and Australian data, British Medical Journal Open
  • 2015
    Social class, anxieties and mothers' foodwork, Sociology of Health and Illness
  • 2015
    Seeing the Full Picture: The Hidden Cost of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Revolution, Book chapter in Regenerative Biology of the Eye, Humana Press
  • 2015
    “My dirty little habit”: Patient constructions of antidepressant use and the ‘crisis’ of legitimacy, Social Science and Medicine
  • 2014
    Practicing Food Anxiety: Making Australian Mothers Responsible for Their Families’ Dietary Decisions, Food and foodways
  • 2014
    Food, fat and family: Thinking fathers through mothers' words, Women's Studies International Forum
  • 2013
    'I don't want her to be overweight like I was as a girl': Mother/child bodily connections in nutritional carework , Australian Feminist Studies
  • 2013
    Responsibility and resistance: women negotiating the nourishment of children, Families, Relationships and Societies
  • 2013
    Vanity: 21st Century Selves, Palgrave MacMillan
  • 2011
    Modernity’s ‘New Women’: Visual culture and gender play in 1890s Australia, Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Children as health advocates in families: assessing the consequences
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • The Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association

Research Areas

  • Health Policy (160508)
  • Family Care (111707)
  • Sociology (1608)
  • Gender Specific Studies (169901)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology (160808)
  • Medical And Health Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (119999)
  • Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified (160899)