Dr Gillian Martin

Dr Gillian Martin

Senior Lecturer, Sociology

Dr Gillian M Martin is a medical sociologist, resident academic at the University of Malta. She came to academia as a mature student after a previous career in Nursing in the UK, and graduated summa cum laude BA philosophy and sociology at the university of Malta, then, with Distinction, MSc Sociology from Manchester University, UK. Her PhD in medical sociology was awarded by the University of Manchester in 2011. She has since been very active in establishing medical sociology as an area of academia and research in Malta, networking through active affiliations with European Sociological Association research network, and the British Sociological Association medical sociology study group.

She has a particular interest in the social and ethical implications of Biobank activities and genomic research and has been a part of the pan-European BBMRI ERIC ELSI team since 2015 where she contributes expertise in social and ethical issues related to biobanking, and is also an executive board member.

Locally, Gillian sits on the University of Malta Faculty of Arts research ethics committee, and acts as point of reference for ELSI issues at the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Biobanking.


Selected Publications:

  • 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.
  • MARTIN, G.M., 2017. [Book Review] Harris, A., Kelly, S.and Wyatt, S.Cybergenetics: Health Genetics and the New Media.London: Routledge.2016 176pp£ 90 (hbk) ISBN: 978131567079–9. Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 39, no. 7.
  • MARTIN, G.M., 2015. Obesity in question: understandings of body shape, self and normalcy among children in Malta. Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 212-226.
  • MARTIN, G.M., 2015. Obesity in question: understandings of body shape, self and normalcy among children in Malta. In: G. BRADY, P. LOWE and S.O. LAURITZEN eds., Children, Health and Well-being: Policy Debates and Lived ExperienceJohn Wiley and Sons, pp. 41-55.
  • MARTIN, G.M., 2015.  What needs to be done for biobanks and researchers to deserve the trust of patients and researchers?  In: M.G. HANSSON, M. KINDSTROM DAHLIN and H.C. HOWARD eds., BBMRI workshop Report:Sharing and access to data and human biospecimens for the benefit of patients – Towards a BBMRI-ERIC Policy: ELSI Workshop   http://www.bbmri-eric.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FINAL-BBMRI-Paris-2015-WORKSHOP-REPORT.pdf: BBMRI-ERIC ELSI, Gratz, Austria, 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, no. 20, pp. 11-13.
  • MARTIN, G.M., 2014. Book Review: Malta Historical Society Proceedings of History Week 2011. The Journal of Baroque Studies, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 202-204.
  • MARTIN, G.M., 2013. Book Review:  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. Post Colonial Directions in Education, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 166-169.
  • MARTIN, G.M., 2013. SMEs in focus: exploring the experience of micro, small and medium enterprise owners in Malta. https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/789: Open Access, University of Malta.