Superdiversity and navigating healthcare pathways

Research team:

Prof. Hannah Bradby (Uppsala University), Dr Kristine Krause (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity), Prof. Gill Green and Dr Charlie Davison (Essex University)


Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity pilot grant

Project description

Everyone has healthcare requirements that need to be met by the local healthcare system. The recently developed concept of “super-diversity” presents a new opportunity for understanding access to healthcare in contemporary Europe. The concept transcends previous theories of multiculturalism, in that it recognizes a level of socio-cultural, economic and legal complexity, which is distinguished by a dynamic interplay of overlapping variables including country of origin (comprising a variety of possible variations such as ethnicity, language, religious tradition, regional and local identities etc.), migration experience (often strongly related to gender, age, education, specific social networks, particular economic niches) and legal status (implying a wide variety of entitlements and restrictions). In the pilot study we conduct interviews with people from various backgrounds, including the majority populations with full access to health care in Germany, Sweden, Spain and England and use a narrative approach in order to analyse the pathways through the respective healthcare landscape.

Hannah Bradby, Gill Green, Charlie Davison and Kristine Krause.  (2017) ‘Is superdiversity a useful concept in health research?’ Frontiers in Sociology 20 January

Gill Green, Charlie Davison, Hannah Bradby et al. (2014) ‘Pathways to care — how Superdiversity shapes the need for navigational assistance’. Sociology of Health and Illness 36 (8) 1205-1219.

Last modified: 2021-11-16