Dr Alex Hillman

Dr Alex Hillman

Associate Professor in Sociology, Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606375
Academic Office - 36
Ground Floor
Haldane Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a sociologist with a substantive interest in (bio)medicine, healthcare, ageing and older people.   My recent work focusses on dementia, both the science and medicine of dementia – including its diagnosis – as well as the experience and representation of dementia and its challenge to identity and personhood.  My work is theoretically engaged and contributes to key sociological concepts, including categories and classification, identity, risk, morality, ethics and care.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Medical Sociology
  • Science & Technology studies
  • Qualitative & Ethnographic Methods
  • Research areas:
  • (Bio)Medicine & health care
  • Ageing and Older People
  • Dementia

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Sociology of Health & Illness

Social theory

Qualitative methods


My research explores medicine and healthcare from a sociological perspective.  I have written about the organisation of healthcare and its implications for older people as well as the ways in which medicine and healthcare intersect with people’s experiences of living with an illness. 

I have been researching in the dementia field for nearly 10 years.  I was awarded a Wellcome Trust post-doctoral fellowship to study the social and ethical aspects of dementia diagnosis in 2010.  This led to ongoing collaborative research on what it means to live well with dementia, undertaking qualitative research as part of the IDEAL programme.  I am currently working as part of the INCLUDE project which seeks to identify and mitigate the effects of social distancing, as a response to COVID-19, on those living with dementia and their carers. 

Award Highlights

Cardiff University School of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship

Wellcome Trust Society & Ethics Postdoctoral Fellowship



Associate member of Wiserd, Cardiff University

IDEAL programme: University of Exeter (Lead)