Sophie Day is conducting research until 2022 on a Wellcome Trust medical humanities project ‘People Like You’ and is on secondment to Imperial College London 2 days a week in the School of Public Health.
Sophie studied at Cambridge University, Stanford University, Ca., and the London School of Economic and Political Sciences, where she completed a PhD on spirit possession in Ladakh, North India. She is Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health at Imperial College, London. She was awarded the Eileen Basker Prize and the Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems for her 2007 monograph, On the Game: Women and Sex Work (London: Pluto Press) and is working on a monograph, Rendering Houses, about Ladakhi biographies.
Sophie is not currently teaching at Goldsmiths but is likely to be involved in the anthropology of health and research student training. She continues to supervise students and teaches an MSc module on Anthropology in Public Health at Imperial.
Areas of supervision
Sophie supervises research students in the anthropology of health, and in a wide range of topics related to kinship, gender, labour and temporality. She is also interested in students researching Ladakh (India).
Professor Sophie Day is collaborating with Professors Celia Lury (Warwick) and Helen Ward (Imperial) on contemporary practices of personalisation in elements of health and medicine, digital culture and data science. Our collaboration, ‘People Like You’, is supported by the Wellcome Trust through a collaborative award in the medical humanities, 2018-2022.
She continues to research in the Patient Experience Research Centre that she established with Professor Helen Ward at Imperial College London.
Sophie documented, digitalized and returned images from her 1980s fieldwork to Ladakh, North India (with Dr Leizaola, supported by the British Academy 2009-2011), and is working on a book about the biographies of houses. She collaborated with Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford (Sociology) on new numeracies in a project supported by Intel Research (2011-2014). Earlier in the 2000s, she completed a programme of research with sex workers in London (with support from the Wellcome Trust), and a European project on HIV prevention (supported by the European Commission).
Sophie Day presented two photographic exhibitions on Ladakh in 2011, one in Leh (Ladakh) and one at Goldsmiths. You can see a virtual copy of the first one entitled Leh (1981-2010): The Span of a Generation.
Day, Sophie E.; Papataxiarchis, Evthymios; Stewart, Michael and Papataxiarchis, Akis, eds. 1998. Lilies of the Field: Marginal People Who Live for the Moment,. Westview Press Inc. ISBN 978-0813335315
Day, Sophie E. and Lury, Celia. 2016. Biosensing: Tracking Persons. In: Dawn Nafus, ed. Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, pp. 43-66. ISBN 978-0-262-52875-7
Day, Sophie E.. 2015. Waiting and the architecture of care. In: Clara Han and Veena Das, eds. Living and Dying in the Contemporary world: A Compendium. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 167-184. ISBN 9780520278417
Day, Sophie E.. 2012. Demographies in Flux. In: R Fardon; J Gledhill; O Harris; T Marchand; M Nuttall; C Shore; V Strang and R Wilson, eds. The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology. 2 London: Sage, pp. 2007-2038. ISBN 9781847875471
Day, Sophie E.. 2010. Ethics between Public and Private: Sex Workers’ Relationships in London. In: M Lambek, ed. Ordinary Ethics: anthropology, language, and action. NY: Fordham University Press, pp. 292-309. ISBN 9780823233175
Day, Sophie E.. 2008. Wolfenden 50: revisiting state policy and the politics of sex work in the UK. In: V Munro and M Della Giusta, eds. The Supply / Demand Dynamic in Prostitution. Rarnham: Ashgate, pp. 51-66. ISBN 978-0-7546-7150-3
Day, Sophie E.. 2008. Visions of Ladakh: Nicola Grist, 19 April 1957 - 26 August 2004. In: M van Beek and F Pirie, eds. Ladakhi societies: continuity and change in anthropological perspective. 20 Leiden: Brill, pp. 29-40. ISBN 1568-6183
Day, Sophie E.. 2007. 'Threading time in the biographies of sex workers'. In: Janet Carsten, ed. Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 172-193. ISBN 978-1405154239
Day, Sophie E.. 2001. 'Biological Symptoms of Social Unease: the Stigma of Infertility in London Sex Workers'. In: Soraya Tremayne, ed. Managing Reproductive Life: Cross-Cultural Themes in Fertility and Sexuality (Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality). 1 Oxford & NY: Berghahn Books, pp. 85-103. ISBN 978-1571813176
Lury, Celia and Day, Sophie E.. 2019. Algorithmic Personalization as a Mode of Individuation. Theory, Culture and Society, 36(2), pp. 17-37. ISSN 0263-2764
Rai, T; Bruton, Jane; Day, Sophie E. and Ward, Helen. 2018. From activism to secrecy: contemporary experiences of living with HIV in London in people diagnosed from 1986 to 2014. Health Expectations, 21(6), pp. 1134-1141. ISSN 1369-6513
Day, Sophie E.. 2018. An experiment in story-telling: reassembling the house in Ladakh. Social Anthropology, 26(1), pp. 88-102. ISSN 0964-0282
Carsten, Janet; Day, Sophie E. and Stafford, Charles. 2018. Introduction: Reason and passion: the parallel worlds of ethnography and biography. Social Anthropology, 26(1), pp. 5-14. ISSN 0964-0282
Day, Sophie E. and Lury, Celia. 2017. New Technologies of the Observer: #BringBack, Visualisation and Disappearance. Theory, Culture & Society, 34(7-8), pp. 51-74. ISSN 0263-2764
Howarth, Alison R.; Day, Sophie E.; Greene, Linda and Ward, Helen. 2017. “They made me feel comfortable”: a comparison of methods to measure patient experience in a sexual health clinic. BMC Health Services Research, 17(325),
Day, Sophie E.; Coombes, R. Charles; McGrath-Lone, Louise; Schoenborn, Claudia and Ward, Helen. 2017. Stratified, precision or personalised medicine? Cancer services in the ‘real world’ of a London hospital. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39(1), pp. 143-158. ISSN 0141-9889
McGrath-Lone, Louise; Day, Sophie E.; Schoenborn, Claudia and Ward, Helen. 2015. Exploring research participation among cancer patients: Analysis of a national survey and an in-depth interview study. BMC Cancer, 15(1), p. 618. ISSN 1471-2407
Wood, Frances; Salam, Abdul; Singh, Kavita; Day, Sophie E.; Jan, Stephen; Prabhakaran, Dorairaj; Rodgers, Anthony; Patel, Anushka; Thom, Simon and Ward, Helen. 2015. Process evaluation of the impact and acceptability of a polypill for prevention of cardiovascular disease. BMJ Open, 5,
McGrath-Lone, Louise; Ward, Helen; Schoenborn, Claudia and Day, Sophie E.. 2015. The effects of cancer research participation on patient experience: a mixed-methods analysis. European Journal of Cancer Care., 15, ISSN 0961-5423
Day, Sophie E.. 2015. ‘The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same’: Idioms of ‘House Society’ in the Leh area (Ladakh). Tibet Journal, XL(2), pp. 173-194. ISSN 0970-5368
Bone, A; McGrath-Lone, Louise; Day, Sophie E. and Ward, H.. 2014. Inequalities in cancer patient experience: analysis of data from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2011-12. BMJ Open, 4(2), ISSN 2044-6055
Salam, Abdul; Stewart, Frances; Singh, Kavita; Thom, Simon; Jame Williams, Hilarie; Patel, Anushka; Jan, Stephen; Laba, Tracey; Prabhakaran, Dorairaj; Maulik, Pallab; Day, Sophie E. and Ward, Helen. 2013. Interpreting the Processes of the UMPIRE Trial (INPUT): the design of a process evaluation of a fixed dose combination (FDC) strategy to improve adherence to cardiovascular medications – a qualitative study. INterpreting the Processes of the UMPIRE Trial (INPUT): protocol for a qualitative process evaluation study of a fixed-dose combination (FDC) strategy to improve adherence to cardiovascular medications, 3,
Day, Sophie E. and Leizaola, Ricardo. 2012. Picturing Ladakhi nomads over the span of a generation. Visual Anthropology Review, 28(2), pp. 133-151. ISSN 1058-7187
Day, Sophie E.. 2010. The re-emergence of ‘trafficking’: sex work between slavery and freedom. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16(4), pp. 816-834. ISSN 13590987
Day, Sophie E. and Goddard, Victoria. 2010. New Beginnings between Public and Private: Arendt and Ethnographies of Activism. Cultural Dynamics, 22(2), pp. 137-154. ISSN 0921-3740
Day, Sophie E.. 2009. Renewing the War on prostitution: The spectres of ‘trafficking’ and ‘slavery’. Anthropology Today, 25(3), pp. 1-3. ISSN 0268540X
Day, Sophie E.; Cooper, K.; Green, A. and Ward, H.. 2007. 'Maids, Migrants and Occupational Health in the London Sex Industry'. Anthropology and Medicine, 14(1), pp. 41-53. ISSN 1364-8470
Day, Sophie E. and Ward, H.. 2006. What happens to women who sell sex? Report of a unique occupational cohort. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 82(5), pp. 413-417. ISSN 1368-4973
Day, Sophie E.; Cooper, K.; Green, A. and Ward, H.. 2004. Declining prevalence of STI in the London sex industry 1985 to 2002. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 80(5), pp. 374-379. ISSN 13684973
Day, Sophie E.; Ward, Helen; Ison, Catherine; Martin, Iona; Ghani, Azra C; Bell, Gina; Kinghorn, George; Weber, Jonathan and Garnett, Geoff. 2000. A prospective social and molecular investigation of gonococcal transmission. The Lancet, 356(9244), pp. 1812-1817. ISSN 0140-6736
Day, Sophie E.; Ward, H. and Weber, J. 1999. 'Risky business: health and safety in the sex industry over a 9 year period'. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 75(5), pp. 340-343. ISSN 1368-4973
Day, Sophie E.; Ward, H.; Ison, Catherine; Bell, Gina and Weber, J. 1998. 'Sexual Networks: The Integration of Social and Genetic Data'. Social Science and Medicine, 47(12), pp. 1981-1992. ISSN 0277-9536
Day, Sophie E.. 1989. Embodying Spirits: Village Oracles and Possession Ritual in Ladakh, North India. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London