Catherine Pope is Professor of Medical Sociology in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton. Her current research focuses on urgent and emergency care, digital technologies and the sociology of professional practice. She has participated in various national evaluations of health service reorganisation and ethnographies of surgery, anaesthetics and emergency care. Catherine has pioneered and developed research methods, notably qualitative methods for health research and evidence synthesis. She was co-editor, with Graham Crow, of Sociology (2006-8) and, with Nicholas Mays, of the popular introductory text, Qualitative Research in Health Care (3rd edition 2006, Blackwells/BMJ Books) which has been translated into Japanese and Portuguese. She was nominated by HSRUK for the founding cohort of the Health Foundation Q and is a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences.