Alison Pilnick is Professor of Language, Medicine and Society in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham.
Until 2019 she was Director of the Nottingham ESRC DTC and Deputy Director of the Midlands Graduate School DTP. Her research interests are in the sociology of health and illness, and in particular in professional/client communication in health and social care settings.
Her work to improve the delivery of health and social care services through a focus on interaction has been funded by bodies including ESRC, National Institute for Health Research, the British Academy, General Research Fund of Hong Kong and the Swiss National Science Foundation and has been incorporated into healthcare professional training programmes in the UK and overseas.
She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and an Academy of Medical Sciences FLIER (Future Leader in Innovation, Enterprise and Research), working with AMS on ways to improve sociological input into healthcare policy.