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Health sociologist, University of Sydney

Kirsten Harley is a sociologist, who was employed by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Sydney (honorary since 2014, after her diagnosis with MND). Her research interests include health care choice, health experience, the history of sociology and disciplinarity. She co-authored (with Gary Wickham) Australian Sociology: Fragility, Survival, Rivalry (2014, Palgrave Macmillan), has co-edited collections on healthcare choice (Current Sociology 63:5) and teaching sociology (Journal of Sociology 49:4), and blogs at


  • 2010–2013
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney


  • 2010 
    University of Sydney, PhD