Dr Sarah Li

Dr Sarah Li

School: Centre for Health and Social Care Research

Job Title: Honorary Research Fellow in Health Care of Older People from Minority Ethnic Groups (Part time)



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 Parkinsonā??s disease, nvCJD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Alzheimerā??s disease.


Chair in Curriculum Development, University of Singnapore Institute of Managment Studies, Janā??Dec 2006


Number of items: 12.


Li, Sarah, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Psoinos, Maria (2014) ā€œTangled wires in the headā€: older migrant Chinese's perception of mental illness in Britain. Journal of Aging Studies, 30(1), pp. 73-86. ISSN (print) 0890-4065

Li, Sarah and Ng, Julie (2008) End-of-life care: nurses' experiences in caring for dying patients with profound learning disabilities--a descriptive case study. Palliative Medicine, 22(8), pp. 949-955. ISSN (print) 0269-2163

Gallagher, Ann, Li, Sarah, Wainwright, Paul, Jones, Ian Rees and Lee, Diana (2008) Dignity in the care of older people: a review of the theoretical and empirical literature. BMC Nursing, 7(11), ISSN (online) 1472-6955

Li, Sarah and Seale, Clive (2007) Learning to do qualitative data analysis: an observational study of doctoral work. Qualitative Health Research, 17(10), pp. 1442-1452. ISSN (print) 1049-7323

Li, Sarah and Seale, Clive (2007) Managing criticism in PhD supervision: a qualitative case study. Studies in Higher Education, 32(4), pp. 511-526. ISSN (print) 0307-5079

Li, Sarah and Seale, Clive (2007) Just you, me and the PhD. Times Higher Education(12 January), p. 21. ISSN (print) 0049-3929

Li, Sarah and Arber, Anne (2006) The construction of troubled and credible patients: a study of emotion talk in palliative care settings. Qualitative Health Research, 16(1), pp. 27-46. ISSN (print) 1049-7323

Li, Sarah (2005) Doing criticism in 'symbiotic niceness': a study of palliative care nurses' talk. Social Science & Medicine, 60(9), pp. 1949-1959. ISSN (print) 0277-9536

Li, Sarah (2004) "Symbiotic niceness": constructing a therapeutic relationship in psychosocial palliative care. Social Science & Medicine, 58(12), pp. 2571-2583. ISSN (print) 0277-9536

Ng, J. and Li, S. (2003) A survey exploring the educational needs of care practitioners in learning disability (LD) settings in relation to death, dying and people with learning disabilities. European Journal Of Cancer Care, 12(1), pp. 12-19. ISSN (print) 0961-5423

Conference or Workshop Item

Li, Sarah (2008) Acquiring a sociological identity: an observational study of a PhD project. In: Medical Sociolgogy Group Annual Conference; 04 - 06 Sep 2008, University of Sussex, Brighton.


Li, Sarah (2003) Symbiotic niceness: a study of psychosocial care in palliative care settings. (PhD thesis), Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

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