Dr Gillian Martin

Dr Gillian Martin

Dr Gillian Martin


Senior Lecturer

Room 253
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2301
Dr. Gillian Martin a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts. She came to academia as a mature student after a previous career in nursing in the UK, and has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Manchester. Dr Martin has a particular interest in the Sociology of Health and Illness and Sociology of the Body, and expertise in qualitative methodology with experience in creative interviewing and child-centred data generation techniques. Her research interests are rooted in medical sociology, with particular focus on the lived experience of illness, and on the social context and social impact of genomic research, and donation to biobanks . She is an active member of the BBMRI-ERIC ELSI team - a pan-European research infrastructure consortium for Biobanking and Biomolecular Research, and a member of their task force on societal issues where she contributes expertise in social and ethical issues related to Biobanking.

Gillian is currently Chair of the Faculty of Arts Research Ethics Committee, a core member of the University's Office for Professional Development, and Rector's delegate on the SEA-Eu project Committee for Quality and Ethics. She also co-ordinates the taught Masters programme : MA Health, Medicine and Society.
  • sociology of health and illness
  • sociology of the body
  • social implications of biobanking and genomic research

GOISAUF, M., AKYÜZ, K. and MARTIN, G.M., 2020. Moving back to the future of big data-driven research: reflecting on the social in genomics. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 7(1), pp. 1-9.

GOISAUF, M., AKYÜZ, K. and MARTIN, G.M., 2020. Moving back to the future of big data-driven research: reflecting on the social in genomics. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 7(1), pp. 1-9.

VELLA GERA, J., MARTIN, G.M. and CAMILLERI ZAHRA, A.J., 2020. An insight into the lives of young siblings of disabled children in Malta. Disability & Society, , pp. 1-23.

GOISAUF, M., MARTIN, G., BENTZEN, H.B., BUDIN-LJOSNE, I., URSIN, L., DURNOVA, A., LEITSALU, L., SMITH, K., CASATI, S., LAVITRANO, M., MASCALZONI, D., BOECKHOUT, M. and MAYRHOFER, M.T., 2019. Data in question: A survey of European biobank professionals on ethical, legal and societal challenges of biobank research. PloS one, 14(9), pp. e0221496.

MAMO, N., MARTIN, G.M., DESIRA, M., ELLUL, B. and EBEJER, J., 2019. Dwarna: a blockchain solution for dynamic consent in biobanking. European Journal of Human Genetics, , pp. 1-18.

MARTIN, G.M., 2019. Draw (me) and tell: Use of children’s drawings as elicitation tools to explore embodiment in the very young. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, pp. 1609406918816230.

MARTIN, G.M., 2019. WASP (Write a Scientific Paper): Ethnography with children: Some considerations. Early human development, 133, pp. 72-75.

DESIRA, M. and MARTIN, G.M., 2018. Banking on You? The Level of Public Awareness of Biobanks in Malta. XJENZA, 2018, pp. 04.

HOLUB, P., KOHLMAYER, F., PRASSER, F., MAYRHOFER, M.T., SCHLÜNDER, I., MARTIN, G.M., CASATI, S., KOUMAKIS, L., WUTTE, A. and KOZERA, Ł., 2018. Enhancing reuse of data and biological material in medical research: From FAIR to FAIR-health. Biopreservation and biobanking, 16(2), pp. 97-105.

MARTIN, G.M., 2017. Harris, A., Kelly, S. and Wyatt, S. Cybergenetics: Health Genetics and the New Media. London: Routledge. 2016 176 pp£ 90 (hbk) ISBN: 978131567079–9. Sociology of health & illness, 39(7), pp. 1293-1294.

MARTIN, G.M., 2015. Obesity in question: understandings of body shape, self and normalcy among children in Malta. Sociology of health & illness, 37(2), pp. 212-226.

MARTIN, G.M., 2015. What needs to be done for biobanks and researchers to deserve the trust of patients and researchers ?  . In: M. HANSON, M. KINDSTROM DAHLIN and H.C. HOWARD, eds, Sharing and access to data and human biospecimens for the benefit of patients – Towards a BBMRI-ERIC Policy: BBMRI ELSI Report. BBMRI ERIC, pp. 8-9.

MARTIN, G.M., 2014. Exploring help seeking behaviour in health: are gender binaries useful? Journal of the Malta College of Pharmacy Practice, , pp. 11.

MARTIN, G.M., 2013. Carmel Borg and Raphael Vella (Eds.), Shooting Society: Documenting Contemporary Life in Malta (pbk.), Malta: Midsea Books, ISBN: 978-99932-7-419-3, 2012, 328 pages. Postcolonial Directions in Education, 2(1), pp. 166-169.

MARTIN, G.M., 2013. SMEs in Focus: Exploring the experience of micro, small and medium enterprise owners in Malta.

  • ATS5511 - Sexuality, Gender and the Body in the Mediterranean
  • DOC6034 - Enhancing Small Group Teaching and Learning
  • MDS3104 - Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) in Medical Research
  • SOC1058 - Health, Illness and Society
  • SOC2064 - The Body, Society and Culture
  • SOC2102 - Key Concepts in Contemporary Sociology
  • SOC3001 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1
  • SOC3002 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2
  • SOC3003 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1 - Theory and Institutions
  • SOC3004 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2 - Methodology and Applied
  • SOC5001 - Assimilating and Appraising the Literature
  • SOC5002 - Data Analysis
  • SOC5005 - Health Medicine and Society: An Introduction to Medical Sociology
  • SOC5009 - The Body, Medicine and Health
  • SOC5012 - Principles of Research Design
  • SOC5014 - Inequalities in Health
  • SOC5015 - Introduction to Global Health
  • SOC5016 - Health, Knowledge and Practice
  • SOC5018 - Research Analysis in Practice
  • SOC5020 - Reflective Analysis for Professional Development
  • SST3001 - Synoptic Study-Unit 1
  • SST3002 - Synoptic Study-Unit 2