Courtney Buckler



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Sociology and Philosophy
Department: Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology

I am an ESRC funded PhD student in Sociology (2019-2023). 

My work explores the ongoing ideological and discursive function of Evidence-Based Medicine, paying particular attention to its impact on social and political imaginings of knowledge, expertise, and care. To do so, I look at EBM's impact on mental health practice in the UK - focussing specifically on the NICE Guideline on Depression in Adults. 

Methodologically, I use Institutional Ethnography to look beyond EBM's methodological and clinical functions, thinking instead about issues around beurocracy, power, and neoliberal mental health reform. 



Alongside my academic work, I am Executive Director and co-founder of Make Space, a user-led organisation exploring self-harm. Our work includes research, training, and peer solidarity work. You can learn more at: