Keynote speaker

Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines:    History vs. Modernity International Conference

4-5 November 2016 – Warsaw, Poland


Dr. Joana Almeida – Short Academic Biography

Joana Almeida is a Teaching Fellow in Sociology at the School of Law, Royal Holloway, University of London. In 2013 she was awarded a prestigious postdoctoral research fellowship (Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowship) by the British Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness to work on a conceptual framework to understand the process of ‘Camisation’ in western society. She obtained her doctorate in medical sociology in 2012 from Royal Holloway, University of London, and graduated in sociology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, in 1997. Her major academic interests lie in the areas of sociology of health and illness and sociology of health professions. She is particularly interested in the professionalisation and institutionalisation of CAM in mainstream healthcare and CAM’s potential to encourage the demedicalisation of human conditions (chronic conditions in particular) in late modern societies. She has started comparative research with colleagues from the UK and Brazil on the governance of CAM. Joana has presented 24 scientific papers at European and international conferences/events in the streams of sociology of health and illness and sociology of the professions, and has published in English and in Portuguese. She has sole authored articles in the journals Health Sociology Review and Religião e Sociedade, a book chapter in T. Carvalho, R. Santiago and T. Caria (eds), Grupos Profissionais, Profissionalismo e Sociedade do Conhecimento (Porto, Edições Afrontamento, 2011), and a co-authored book chapter in F. Collyer (ed), The Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).