Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Principal Research Fellow



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F158Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





I established the Patient Experience Research Centre with Professor Helen Ward in the School of Public Health in 2011.

I have recently completed research on a Wellcome Trust medical humanities project ‘People Like You’ on contemporary practices of personalisation in elements of health and medicine, digital culture and data science (2018-2022). My monograph, Rendering Houses in Ladakh, will be published by Routledge in early 2023. I was awarded the Eileen Basker Prize and the Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems for my 2007 monograph, On the Game: Women and Sex Work (London: Pluto Press). For other research, teaching and publications, please see my Anthropology page at Goldsmiths.

I studied social anthropology at Cambridge University, Stanford University, Ca., and the London School of Economic and Political Sciences, where my PhD (1989) explored spirit possession in Ladakh, North India.



Lound A, Bruton J, Jones K, et al., 2023, “I’d rather wait and see what’s around the corner”: a multi-perspective qualitative study of treatment escalation planning in frailty, Plos One, Vol:18, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-15

Day S, Lury C, Ward H, 2023, Introduction. Political arithmetic: old and new, Distinktion-journal of Social Theory, Vol:24, ISSN:1600-910X, Pages:157-166

Day S, Gleason K, Lury C, et al., 2023, 'In the picture': perspectives on living and working with cancer, Medical Humanities, Vol:49, ISSN:1468-215X, Pages:83-92

Day S, Lury C, Ward H, 2023, Personalization: a new political arithmetic?, Distinktion-journal of Social Theory, ISSN:1600-910X


Day S, 2023, Rendering Houses in Ladakh, ISBN:9781350100114

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