Alex Broom is Professor of Sociology at the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Sydney. He is recognised as an international leader in sociology, with a specific interest in health. This has included a focus on the social, cultural and political dimensions of cancer and palliative care, and more recently, infectious diseases.
His work takes a person-centred approach, qualitatively exploring the complex intersections of individual experience and social/political context. He leads a team of social science researchers at The University of Sydney, and his recent books include Dying: A Social Perspective on the End of Life (Routledge, 2015), Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care (Routledge 2017, with Ana Dragojlovic), and, Survivorship: A Sociology of Cancer in Everyday Life (Routledge, 2021 with Katie Kenny).
He works on translational research with a wide range of clinical researchers, policy makers and end-user organisations, with a focus on how to utilise novel social science understandings to bring about change, where needed, for those governing, providing and receiving care across a range of settings and contexts (e.g. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2019; American Journal of Infection Control, 2018; Journal of Hospital Infection, 2018; BMJ Global Health, 2020; Clinical Cancer Research, 2020).