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Lisa Guntram

Associate Professor, Head of Unit

What I like the most about my work is the many experiences and life stories that I get to listen to and explore. The curiosity is endless!

Norms, sex, relations and ethics in medical practice

How can different actors’ experiences and attitudes shape the care of second degree perineal injuries? How may informal critique affect care encounters? As an interdisciplinarian grounded in medical humanities, these are questions I’m currently working on in my research.


In my research, I study individuals’ stories about their body, their experiences of health care and their relations. Taking my vantage point in such stories and with theoretical tools from medical humanities, medical sociology and gender studies I examine how individuals make sense of their situation. The core in my work is my interest in understanding how assumptions and norms are enacted in medical practices and as such come to the same, but also how assumptions and norms at the same time are shaped in medical practices. By unpacking and problematising these dimensions of health care my research shows how different actors’ perspectives can come to matter in medical practices and ultimately improve care.

I’m currently working on these issues in two research projects. In the project ”The Many Meanings of Perineal Injuries” Lisa Lindén Gothenburg Uni and I explore care seekers’ and care providers’ experiences of and attitudes towards second-degree perineal injuries and how they shape and are shaped by, information, treatment, and care encounters. The project demonstrates how such attitudes and experiences can be unpacked and problematised to improve care. As such, it also furnishes discussions of the role of social sciences and humanities in the making of equal care. In the project “What are you complaining about?” led by my colleague Jelmer Brüggemann we analyse patients’ and care professionals’ experiences of and expectations on how critique is to be expressed; what they complain about; and how patients’ social position matters. The project aims to study what patients’ verbal critique means in Swedish care encounters, and how it can improve care quality and equity.

Communication and collaborations

In all of my projects, I try to find new ways of communicating my research to a wider audience. For example, I have worked with blogs, Wikipedia and in ongoing projects with short video productions. It provides new angles on my scientific production and contributes to widen my networks and develop contacts with different stakeholders. I have, for example, been hired as a lecturer by Svenska Turnerföreningen, Kvinnokliniken vid Linköpings universitetssjukhus, RFSL Linköping, Forskartorget Bokmässan, and Landstinget Örebro.

Communication and networking are also central tasks of my role as coordinator for the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics. At CMHB, we want to gather, strengthen, and develop research, teaching, and collaboration with the society around us, within the areas of medical humanities and bioethics. We work on several levels: locally at LiU, and on regional, national and international scales.

Research project



Jelmer Brüggemann, Lisa Guntram, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund (2023) The "Difficult Patient": Dominant Logics and Misfits in Medicine Handbook of Social Sciences and Global Public Health, p. 1-14 Continue to DOI
Jelmer Brüggemann, Lisa Guntram, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund (2023) On difficult patients and informal complaints


Lisa Guntram (2022) Reproduction and Beyond: Imaginaries of Uterus Transplantation in the Light of Embodied Histories of Living Life Without a Uterus Reproductive Citizenship: Health, Technologies, Rights and Relationships, p. 127-152 Continue to DOI