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Kim McLeod

Lecturer in Sociology

Room L235, Arts Building, Newnham Campus

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Dr Kim McLeod is Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts. She combines social theory with creative qualitative research methods to explore contemporary health problems in novel ways. She contributes this approach to research projects with researchers from the health sciences, humanities and social sciences. Kim's research is multi-disciplinary, and draws on sciences and technology studies, continental philosophy, health sociology, medical anthropology and human geography. Her work features communicating research findings to interdisciplinary audiences. Kim's research interests include health care work, medical technologies, visual methods, research ethics, and indigenous health curriculum.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded

Wellbeing Machine: Mobilising collective bodies to conceptualise wellbeing

Centre for Health and Society, University of MelbourneAustralia2013
BA (Hons 1st class)Women's Studies La Trobe UniversityAustralia1997
BAHistory and Philosophy of Science and Women' StudiesUniversity of MelbourneAustralia1994

Kim PhD was awarded without corrections, the highest grade offered for a PhD thesis in the Australian examination system. She was also awarded the Melbourne School of Population Health Head's Award for PhD Excellence 2013.


Kim joined The University of Tasmania in 2013 as Lecturer in Sociology to nursing and paramedic students at the Sydney campuses. She moved to the Launceston campus in 2015 to take up the role of Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences. Prior to joining The University of Tasmania, Kim held teaching and research positions at The University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Sydney, and The Cancer Council Victoria.

Kim was awarded her PhD in 2013 from the Centre for Health and Society, at The University of Melbourne. Her thesis, entitled 'Wellbeing Machine: Mobilising collective bodies to conceptualise wellbeing' developed an innovative conceptual framework to understand health as a matter of collective bodies. Kim's PhD was awarded the Melbourne School of Population Health Head's Award for PhD Excellence 2013. Carolina Academic Press will publish her book on this topic in March 2017.

Kim's publications have featured in well-regarded journals including: Health and Place; Critical Public Health; Qualitative Health Research; Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; Contemporary Drug Problems; Feminism and Psychology; Visual Methodologies and Health Promotion International. She has received funding for interdisciplinary health research projects from The University of Tasmania and the Arctic University of Norway.

Research Themes

Kim's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health and Creativity, Culture and Society.


Professional practice

  • Society of the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • International Visual Studies Association (IVSA)
  • The Australian Sociological Association (TASA)
  • Asia-pacific Science and Technologies Studies (APSTS) Network

Administrative expertise

  • Managing multi-campus units with large teaching teams
  • Working effectively with a wide range of stakeholders associated with health-related teaching.


Health professional students: indigenous health; how to work with diverse patients in culturally safe ways; health sociology
Arts students: gender and sexuality; visual methods; introductory sociology

Teaching expertise

Kim has expertise in introducing undergraduate students to sociological thinking. She has particular experience delivering health sociology to health practitioner students, including paramedicine, nursing, public health, and medicine students. Kim has been invited to teach visual methods to postgraduate students at the Arctic University of Norway and the Australian National University.

Teaching responsibility

Research Invitations

Invited presentations: 

McLeod, K (2016). Accounting for nonhuman material in health: The Wellbeing Machine. School of Sociology Seminar Series, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

McLeod, K (2016). Orientating to assembling: Decentring the human in qualitative research processes, Faculty of Education Seminar Series, University of Tasmania

McLeod, K (2015). Creating wellbeing through relational networks. Diversional Therapy Australia workshop, Launceston.

McLeod, K (2014). 'There's no grey in sonography': The hidden work of sonographers navigating indeterminacy in obstetric ultrasound. Reproductive Biopolitics Workshop. University of Sydney.

McLeod, K (2014) Grow the music: Using music to grow healthy communities. Keynote speaker at the Fundraising Gala for the Grow the Music non-profit organisation, National Arboretum Canberra.

McLeod, K (2014) Qualitative research analysis for health research projects. School of Health Sciences Research Club, University of Tasmania, Sydney.

McLeod, K (2013) Antidepressants work as a connective resource: Accounting for the placebo effect. Victorian Substance Use Research Forum, Melbourne.

View more on Dr Kim McLeod in WARP


Kim's research spans five themes:

Well-being and mental health: Kim explores how wellbeing is not driven by individual personhood, but co-created with our social worlds and environments.

Health care work: Kim investigates the intersections between technological developments, health worker practices, and care. She develops ways of thinking about how labour is collaboratively undertaken in health care settings by health care workers, and technology.

Medical technologies: Kim examines how medical technologies mediate how people experience clinical settings, and their health.

Visual methods: Kim uses visual methods to expand understandings of health, illness, and health care work. She also contributes to the emerging field of visual research ethics.

Qualitative research methods: Kim develops innovative approaches to qualitative research - methodological processes that destabilise the human subject and approach research as a collective, collaborative practice.


  • Melbourne School of Population Health Head's Award for PhD Excellence 2013.
  • Teaching Merit Certificate, University of Tasmania, 2016.


Kim is currently involved in one international project and two national projects, which are examining aspects of professional health practice, and the use of visual methods. She is collaborating with researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, The University of New South Wales and The Arctic University of Norway.

Current projects

Current research projects explore:

  • how wellbeing is achieved through everyday encounters
  • the ethics of visual methods
  • how visual methods might facilitate public health nurses' clinical communication with young people
  • the invisible labour of obstetric sonographers.
  • how health profession students engage with the idea of white privilege.

Fields of Research

  • Social Theory (160806)
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) (920499)


Total publications


Journal Article

(17 outputs)
2016Stephenson N, McLeod K, Mills C, 'Ambiguous encounters, uncertain foetuses: Women's experiences of obstetric ultrasound', Feminist Review, 113 pp. 17-33. ISSN 0141-7789 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1057/fr.2016.6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2016Stephenson N, Mills C, McLeod K, '"Simply providing information": Negotiating the ethical dilemmas of obstetric ultrasound, prenatal testing and selective termination of pregnancy', Feminism and Psychology, 27, (1) pp. 72-91. ISSN 0959-3535 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0959353516679688 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2


2015McLeod K, Guilleman M, 'Adding the agentic capacities of visual materials to visual research ethics', Special issue of Visual methodologies: Exploring ethics and visual methodologies, 3, (2) pp. 27-42. ISSN 2040-5456 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.7331/vm.v3i2.48 [eCite] [Details]


2014Dobbinson S, Jamsen K, McLeod K, White V, Wakefield M, et al., 'Maximising students' use of purpose-built shade in secondary schools: Quantitative and qualitative results of a built-environment intervention', Health and Place, 26 pp. 136-142. ISSN 1353-8292 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.12.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2014McLeod K, 'The missing work of collaboration: Using assemblages to rethink antidepressant action', Contemporary Drug Problems, 41 pp. 109-142. ISSN 0091-4509 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014McLeod K, 'Orientating to assembling: Qualitative inquiry for more- than-human-worlds', International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13 pp. 377-394. ISSN 1609-4069 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2012Wakefield M, Brennan E, Durkin K, McLeod K, Smith KC, 'Making News: The appearance of tobacco control organizations in newspaper coverage of tobacco control issues', American Journal of Health Promotion, 26, (3) pp. 166-171. ISSN 0890-1171 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.4278/ajhp.100304-QUAN-71 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6


2012Walby C, McLeod K, 'Report on Nikolas Rose Public Lecture', Nexus, 24, (1) pp. 9. ISSN 0728-1595 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2011Wakefield M, Brennan E, Durkin S, McLeod K, Smith KC, 'Still a burning issue: trends in the volume, content and population reach of newspaper coverage about tobacco issues', Critical Public Health pp. 1-13. ISSN 0958-1596 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2010.502930 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11


2009McLeod K, Wakefield M, Chapman S, Clegg Smith K, Durkin S, 'Changes in the news representation of smokers and tobacco-related media advocacy from 1995 to 2005 in Australia', Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63, (3) pp. 215-221. ISSN 0143-005X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jech.2007.072587 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10


2008Dixon H, Dobbinson S, Wakefield M, Jamsen K, McLeod K, 'Portrayal of tanning, clothing fashion and shade use in Australian women's magazines, 1987-2005', Health Education Research, 23, (5) pp. 791-802. ISSN 0268-1153 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/her/cym057 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 26


2008McLeod K, White V, Mullins R, Davey C, Wakefield M, et al., 'How do friends influence smoking uptake? Findings from qualitative interviews with identical twins', The Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 169, (2) pp. 117-132. ISSN 0022-1325 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3200/GNTP.169.2.117-132 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4


2006Wakefield M, McLeod K, Perry CL, '''Stay away from them until you're old enough to make a decision'': tobacco company testimony about youth smoking initiation', Tobacco Control, 15 pp. 44-53. ISSN 0964-4563 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/tc.2005.011536 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19


2005Chapman S, McLeod K, Wakefield M, Holding S, 'Impact of news of celebrity illness on breast cancer screening: Kylie Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis', Medical Journal of Australia, 183, (5) pp. 247-250. ISSN 0025-729X (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Web of Science - 105

2005Clegg Smith K, McLeod K, Wakefield M, 'Australian Letters to the Editor on Tobacco: Triggers, Rhetoric, and Claims of Legitimate Voice', Qualitative Health Research, 15, (9) pp. 1180-1198. ISSN 1049-7323 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1049732305279145 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 16


2003Durrant R, Wakefield M, McLeod K, Clegg-Smith K, Chapman S, 'Tobacco in the news: an analysis of newspaper coverage of tobacco issues in Australia 2001', Tobacco Control, 12 pp. 75-81. ISSN 1468-3318 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/tc.12.suppl_2.ii75 [eCite] [Details]


2003Wakefield M, McLeod K, Clegg-Smith K, 'Individual versus corporate responsibility for smoking-related illness: Australian press coverage of the Rolah McCabe trial', Health promotion international, 18, (4) pp. 297-305. ISSN 0957-4824 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dag413 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 23



(1 outputs)
2017McLeod K, 'Wellbeing Machine: How health emerges from the assemblages of everyday life', Carolina Academic Press, United States ISBN 978-1-61163-705-2 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2016McLeod K, Guillemin M, 'The Impact of Photographs on the Researcher: An Ethical Matter for Visual Research', Ethics and Visual Research Methods: Theory, Methodology, and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, D Warr, M Guillemin, S Cox and J Waycott (ed), United States, pp. 89-100. ISBN 978-1-137-54854-2 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-54305-9_7 [eCite] [Details]



(1 outputs)
2011McLeod K, 'A review of: Two worlds of drug consumption in later modern societies. Eisenbach-Stangl I, Moskalewicz J and B. Thom, Eds', Drug and Alcohol Review, 30, (4) pp. 450-451. (2011) [Review Single Work]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
2013McLeod K, 'Head of School Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research', Melbourne School of Population and Global Health (2013) [Award]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The Heart of Nursing (2015)$6,165
The role of the nurse in healthcare has changed significantly over recent decades with a blurring of the hierarchical barriers between doctors and nurses. Nurses have greater education, autonomy and expertise than ever before but the media continue to portray nurses through stereotypes. The Heart of Nursing project seeks to increase the understanding of how care is enacted in encounters between nurses and the nursed. It will investigate the way nurses view their role and explore the impact of public storytelling on this vision from the perspective of the nurse, the nursed, and the audience.
University of Tasmania ($6,165)
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Goc NE; Walsh K; McLeod K; Cummings EA
THROUGH A YOUNG LENS- A study of the application of visual methods in Public health nurse dialogue with adolescents (2015 - 2018)$606,000
Public health nursing has a key role in health promotion for adolescents. We already know that working with teenagers can be challenging. The health dialogue adds to this complexity since the public health nurse needs to encourage a dialogue on sensitive topics that already engages and concerns teenagers. Research confirms that adolescents are positive to health dialogue, but also that it primarily benefits those who are the most resourceful and most articulate. It is thus an ongoing debate how to improve the health dialogue in order to reach the target group and especially risk groups . The main idea of this project is to utilize the potential of visual methods in health dialogue with young people and to study the changes it induces on communication and cooperation.
The Arctic University of Norway ($606,000)
Grant-Dept for Health & Caring Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lorem G; McLeod K; Guillemin M
2015 - 2018

Research Supervision

Kim is currently co-supervising three PhD students who are using visual methods to investigate aspects of embodied experience, and professional health practice.

  • Hilde Laholt, Department of Health and Care Sciences , UiT The Arctic University of Norway. A study of the application of visual methods in Public health nurse dialogue with adolescents.
  • Gemma Killen,  School of Sociology, Australian National University College of Arts and Social Sciences. Communal Flesh: Exploring identity, embodiment and community in queer women's engagement with new/social media.
  • Benjamin Pinkard, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania. Embodiment of Queer Youth in Australia On and Off-line

Kim is seeking HDR candidates who are interested in using social theory and creative qualitative research methods - particularly visual methods - to explore health-related research questions.




PhDEmbodiment of Queer Youth in Australia On and Off-line2016
PhDOut of the mouths of babes: Capturing young children's experiences of trauma2017
PhDTransformational Leadership: How do women in STEM transfer their experiences of HB as a leadership programme onto other women post voyage?2017