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Staff profile: Dr Sarah Li


Dr Sarah Li is an honorary research fellow with Kingston & St George's following her retirement from senior lectureship, a position she held since 1995. She has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as significant experience in curriculum development (sociology, notably gender, race, and ethnicity).

In 2005, Dr Li received a Promising Researcher's Fellowship award to conduct her post-doctoral research into the supervisor-student relationship in PhD supervision in collaboration with Professor Clive Seale of Brunel University. This work resulted in a series of successful published papers in the journals Studies in Higher Education and Qualitative Health Research. She was also commissioned by The Times Higher Education Supplement to write an article on her PhD experience, which was published in 2007.

Other funded research projects have included explorations of the meaning of dignity and privacy in residential homes for non-English speaking older Chinese residents in London and Hong Kong, and of the meaning of mental illness/mental health in a population of older Chinese people in the UK.

Dr Li's research work has been published in a wide range of journals including Social Sciences and Medicine; Sociology; Palliative Medicine; the British Medical Journal, and the European Journal of Cancer Care.

She is a member of the editorial board for Qualitative Health Research and also reviews articles for Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, and the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

In 2006, Dr Li served as chair in curriculum development at the University of Singapore's Institute of Management Studies. This resulted in the publication of core course text books in the sociology of health and illness. She also served as an eternal examiner for essential palliative care at the Princess Alice Hospice and Surrey University.

Research interests

Multi-agency and interprofessional working particularly in end of life issues; long term conditions; race, ethnicity and gender issues; mental health, dignity and privacy of older Chinese people; cross-cultural studies of dignity of older people in residential homes (Hong Kong and UK); psychosocial palliative care and the palliative care needs of people who suffer from Parkinson's disease, nvCJD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Alzheimer's disease.


Chair in Curriculum Development, University of Singnapore Institute of Managment Studies, Jan–Dec 2006


Number of items: 4.


Li, Sarah and Seale, Clive (2008) Acquiring a sociological identity: an observational study of a PhD project. Sociology, 42(5), pp. 987-1002. ISSN (print) 0038-0385

Conference or Workshop Item

Li, Sarah and Ng, Julie (2011) End of life care: nurses' experiences in caring for dying patients with profound learning disabilities: a descriptive case study. In: The 28th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Contemporary issues in qualitative research; 12 - 14 May 2011, Ontario, Canada. (Unpublished)

Li, Sarah (2007) 'We didn't want him to put him through anymore suffering and pain': doing team symbiotic niceness in palliative care settings. In: Unhealthy professional boundaries? Working together in health and social care; 04 - 05 Dec 2007, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Li, Sarah (2005) Doing criticism in 'symbiotic niceness'. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2004: Sociological challenges: conflict, anxiety and discontent; 22 - 24 Mar 2004, York, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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