Dr Susan F Murray


Susan F Murray is Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Health and Reader in International Healthcare at King's College London. She is a cross-disciplinary social scientist with a background in Sociology and in healthcare. Her research concentrates on social and economic dimensions of healthcare systems and health policy, particularly in low and middle income countries. Her work has addressed questions related to access to healthcare; the healthcare economy and social impact of the way healthcare is paid for; the social organisation of healthcare work; maternal and reproductive health policy; with collaborations in Zambia, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Chile, Lebanon, Jordan and India.  

Current interests include the use of longitudinal qualitative designs in health systems and policy research, and the study of globalisation and transnational aspects of healthcare systems. Her research has received funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Hewlett Foundation, the UK Department for International Development, World Health Organization, and the Wellcome Trust. She has undertaken consultancy and advisory work for the UK Department for International Development, NORAD, the WHO, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Susan previously held academic and research posts at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, the HLSP Institute, and University of Edinburgh. She is a member of the health policy and system indicators working group of Countdown to 2015, and of the ESRC Peer Review College.

Email: susan_fairley.murray@kcl.ac.uk|

Selected recent publications

1. Beyond body counts: a qualitative study of lives and loss in Burkina Faso after 'near-miss' obstetric complications. Storeng K. Murray SF, Akoum MS, Ouattara F, Filippi V. Social Science and Medicine published online 31 May  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.03.056|

2. Evidence Towards MDG 5: A Working Paper. L Hulton, S Murray, D Thomas (OPTIONS) Feb 2010.  Commissioned by NORAD and DFID http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Documents/prd/Options-Evidence-Towards-MDG5.pdf |

3. Metrics for monitoring local inequalities in access to maternity care: developing a basket of markers from routinely available data. Murray SF, Buller AM, Bewley S, Sandall J. Quality and Safety in Healthcare published online 4 Aug doi:10.1136/qshc.2008.032136 http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/early/2010/08/04/qshc.2008.032136.full.pdf|

4. Evaluation of a domestic violence intervention in UK maternity and sexual health services. Bacchus LJ, Bewley S, Aston G, Torres-Vitolas C, Jordan P, Murray SF. Reproductive Health Matters 18(36):147-157 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(10)36526-8|

5. Social Service Professional or Market Expert?: Maternity Relations Under Neoliberal Healthcare Reform. Sandall J, Bourgeault L, Murray SF, van Teijlingen E, Westfall R, Wrede S. Current Sociology 2009: 57(4): 529-554 (Monograph issue) doi: 10.1177/0011392109104353 http://csi.sagepub.com/content/57/4/529.short|

6. 'Doing' health policy analysis: methodological and conceptual reflections and challenges. Walt G, Shiffman J, Schneider H, Murray SF, Brugha R, Gilson L. Health Policy and Planning 2008: 23: 308-317 doi:10.1093/heapol/czn024 http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/5/308.full.pdf+html?sid=031bb590-0890-4531-a948-a4966af32df8|  (HP&P's top ten most highly downloaded papers of 2009)

7. Editorial: Future directions for health policy analysis: a tribute to the work of Professor Gill Walt.  Gilson L, Buse K, Murray SF, Dickinson C. Health Policy and Planning 2008: 23: 291-293 DOI:10.1093/heapol/czn025 http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/5/291.full.pdf+html?sid=1a4cd623-7361-45a8-8080-4abeaa0efc39|

8. The crisis in human resources for health care and the potential of a 'retired' workforce: case study of the independent midwifery sector in Tanzania. Rolfe B, Leshabari S, Rutta F, Murray SF.Health Policy and Planning 2008: 23: 137–149 DOI:10.1093/heapol/czm049 http://heapol.oxfordjournals.org/content/23/2/137.full.pdf+html?sid=031bb590-0890-4531-a948-a4966af32df8| 2008: 23: 137–149 DOI:10.1093/heapol/czm049

9. How can the analysis of power and process in policy-making improve health outcomes? Moving the agenda forward.  K Buse, L Gilson, SF Murray, C Dickinson ODI Briefing Paper 25 Oct 2007. http://www.odi.org.uk/resources/download/343.pdf|  Also published in World Hospitals and Health Services 2009 Volume 45 Number 1 (International Hospitals Federation journal)

10. Exclusion on grounds of language ability - a reporting gap in health services research? Murray SF, Buller AM. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 2007: 12(4): 205-208 http://jhsrp.rsmjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/12/4/205|

11. Safe Motherhood programming in a context of very high maternal mortality: The Nepal Safe Motherhood Project 1997-2004.  Dembo Rath A, Basnett I, Cole M, Subedi HN, Thomas D, Murray SF. Reproductive Health Matters 2007: 15(30): 72-80 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0968-8080(07)30329-7|

12. Entrepreneurial Nurses and Midwives: a typology from the UK.  Drennan V, Davis K, Goodman C, Humphrey C, Locke R, Mark A, Murray SF, Traynor M. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2007: 60(5): 459-469 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04458.x/pdf|

13. Maternity referral systems in developing countries: current knowledge and future research needs.  Murray SF, Pearson S. Social Science and Medicine 2006: 62(9): 2205-2215 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.10.025|

14. Factors Associated with Postpartum Physical & Mental Morbidity Among Women With Known HIV Status in Lusaka, Zambia.  Collin SM, Howarth A, Filteau S, Kasonka L, Young C, Chisenga, M, Murray SF AIDS Care, 2006: 18(7): 812-20. http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a757705044~frm=abslink|

15. Postpartum maternal morbidity requiring hospital admission in Lusaka, Zambia.Vallely L, Ahmed Y, Murray S.F. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2005: 5(1): 1 doi:10.1186/1471-2393-5-1 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/5/1|

16. Patient safety and adverse maternal health outcomes: the missing social inequalities 'lens'. Murray SF, Bacchus L. BJOG, 2005: 112(10): 1339-43 DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2005.00693.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2005.00693.x/pdf|

17. The promotion of private health insurance and the implications for the social organisation of healthcare: a case study of private sector obstetric practice in Chile. Murray SF, Elston MA. Sociology of Health and Illness, 2005: 27(6): 701-721 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2005.00470.x http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2005.00470.x/pdf|