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Professor of Health Policy and Sociology, University of Birmingham

Nicola Gale, MA, PhD, is a health sociologist, with a track record in both sociological research and interdisciplinary health research where she has brought her sociological perspective and skills to projects in fields of health services research, public health, primary care, community-led and complementary health care. Professor Gale is committed to theoretically-informed empirical work that involves, aids better understanding of, and meets the needs of a diverse population. She specialises in qualitative research methods. In her teaching, she has lead on aspects of University of Birmingham's work on the inclusive curriculum over the years. Professor Gale is currently Deputy Director of Research (Impact and Engagement) for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, University of Birmingham
  • 2018–2021
    Reader, University of Birmingham
  • 2013–2018
    Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • 2009–2013
    Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
  • 2008–2009
    Research Fellow, University of Westminster
  • 2007–2009
    Sessional Lecturer, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 2007–2009
    Visiting Lecturer, University of Westminster


  • 2007 
    University of Warwick, PhD
  • 2002 
    University of Warwick, MA (with Distinction)
  • 2001 
    University of Warwick, BA (First Class Honours)

Professional Memberships

  • British Sociological Association