Kevin Dew

Teaching in 2020


BA (Hons), PhD (VUW)

Research specialties

Sociology of health and illness; health-care interactions, public health.

Current research

  • Tracking patients through episodes of care

  • The medicalisation of everyday life

  • Understanding diabetes management

  • The sociology of public health

Selected publications

Books and book chapters

Dew, K. (2018). Public Health, Personal Health and Pills: Drug Entanglements and Pharmaceuticalised Governance. London: Routledge.

Dew, K., Dowell, A., Macdonald, L., & Stubbe, M. (2018). Using conversation analysis. In M. Tolich, & C. Davidson (Eds.), Social Science Research in New Zealand (pp. 307-316). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

Dew, K., Scott, A., & Kirkman, A. (2016). Social, Political and Cultural Dimensions of Health. Springer.

Stubbe, M., White, S., Macdonald, L., Dew, K., Dowell, A., & Gardner, R. (2016). Do surgeons want to operate? Negotiating the treatment plan in surgical consultations. In S. White, & J. Cartmill (Eds.), Communication in Surgical Practice, (pp. 124-152). Sheffield: Equinox.

White, S., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., , Dowell, A., Dew, K., & Gardner, R. (2016). The referred consultation.. In S. White, & J. Cartmill (Eds.), Communication in Surgical Practice (pp. 9-34). Sheffield: Equinox.

Dew, K. Émile Durkheim: Social Order and Public Health. In The Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine, F. Collyer ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave (2015) (75-90)

Jutel A., Dew K. (Eds) Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians . Johns Hopkins University (2014).

Dew K. Patient-Centred Care or Discrimination in 'Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians' edited by Annemarie Jutel and Kevin Dew, Johns Hopkins University (2014).

Dew, K., & Jutel, A. (2014). I am not a Doctor, but...The Lay-Professional Relationship in Diagnosis. In A. Goldstein Jutel, & K. Dew (Eds.), Social Issues in Diagnosis: An Introduction for Students and Clinicians (pp. 61-77). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Dew K., Stubbe M., Dowell A and Macdonald L. 'Side Effects Talk in General Practice Consultations' in Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts , edited by Benjamin R. Bates and Rukhsana Ahmed, Dubuque, IA, USA, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company (2012).

Dew K. The Cult and Science of Public Health: A Sociological Investigation, Oxford, Berghahn Books (2012).

Dew K. 'Evidence-based Health Care and Complementary and Alternative Medicine', in Evidence-based Healthcare in Context: Critical Social Science Perspectives, edited by Alex Broom and John Adams, Farnham, Surrey, Ashgate Publishing Limited, (2012), pp. 117-136.

Dew, K. and Matheson, A. (eds) Understanding Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand . Dunedin, Otago University Press (2008).

Dew, K. and Davis, P. eds. Health and Society in Aotearoa/New Zealand 2nd edition . Melbourne, Oxford University Press (2005).

Dew, K. and Fitzgerald, R. eds. Challenging Science: Issues for New Zealand Society in the 21st Century . Palmerston North, Dunmore Press (2004).

Dew. K. Borderland Practices: Regulating Alternative Therapy in New Zealand. Dunedin, University of Otago Press (2003).

Dew, K. and Kirkman, A. Sociology of Health in New Zealand : Melbourne, Oxford University Press (2002).

Recent journal articles

Dew, K., & Donovan, S. (2020). Vaccines, polarising divides and the role of public health. Critical Public Health, 30(1), 1-3. doi:10.1080/09581596.2020.1702286

Dew, K., Barton, J., Stairmand, J., Sarfati, D., & Signal, L. (2019). Ascertaining patients’ understandings of their condition: a conversation analysis of contradictory norms in cancer specialist consultations. Health Sociology Review, 28(3), 229-244. doi:10.1080/14461242.2019.1633945

Donnelly, S., Dinesh, D., Dew, K., & Stubbe, M. (2019). The handover room: a qualitative enquiry into the experience of morning clinical handover for acute medical teams. Internal Medicine Journal, 49(5), 607-614. doi:10.1111/imj.14142

Dew, K., Signal, L., Stairmand, J., Simpson, A., & Sarfati, D. (2018). Cancer care decision-making and treatment consent: An observational study of patients’ and clinicians’ rights. Journal of Sociology. doi:10.1177/1440783318773880

Dowell, A., Stubbe, M., Macdonald, L., Tester, R., Gray, L., Vernall, S., . . . Dew, K. P. (2018). A longitudinal study of interactions between health professionals and people with newly diagnosed diabetes. Annals of Family Medicine, (January/February), 37-44. doi:10.1370/afm.2144

Hodgetts, D., Young-Hauser, A., Chamberlain, K., Gabe, J., Dew, K., & Norris, P. (2017). Pharmaceuticalisation in the city. Urban Studies, 54(15), 3542-3559. doi:10.1177/0042098016674870

Dew, K., Gardner, J., Morrato, E. H., Norris, P., Chamberlain, K., Hodgetts, D., & Gabe, J. (2017). Public engagement and the role of the media in post-marketing drug safety: the case of Eltroxin® (levothyroxine) in New Zealand. Critical Public Health, 1-14. doi:10.1080/09581596.2017.1329520

Barton, J., Dew, K., Dowell, A., Sheridan, N., Kenealy, T., Macdonald, L., . . . Stubbe, M. (2016). Patient resistance as a resource: candidate obstacles in diabetes consultations. Sociology of Health and Illness, 38(7), 1151-1166. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12447

Dew, K. P. (2016). Public Health and the Necessary Limits of Advocacy. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective.

Dew, K. (2016). Purifying and hybridising categories in healthcare decision-making: the clinic, the home and the multidisciplinary team meeting. Health Sociology Review, 25(2), 142-156.

Barton, J., Dew, K., Dowell, A., Sheridan, N., Kenealy, T., Macdonald, L., Docherty, B., Tester, R., Raphael, D., Gray, L., and Stubbe, M. (2016). Patient resistance as a resource: Candidate obstacles in diabetes consultations. Sociology of Health and Illness 38(7): 1151-1166

Dew, K., Signal, L., Davies, C., Tavite, H., Hooper, C., Sarfati, D., Stairmand, J. and Cunningham, C. Dissonant roles: the experience of Māori in cancer care. Social Science and Medicine 138: 144-151 (2015).

Dew K., Norris P., Gabe J., Chamberlain K., Hodgetts D. Moral discourses and pharmaceutical governance in households in Social Science and Medicine Vol 131 pp 272-279 (2015).

Dew K., Stubbe M., Signal L., Stairmand J., Dennett E., Koea J., Simpson A., Sarfati D.,
Cunningham C., Batten L, Ellison-Loschmann L., Barton J. and Holdaway M. Cancer Care Decision Making in Multidisciplinary Meetings. Qualitative Health Research Vol. 25, 3 (2014).

Dew K., ‘Oh’ moments and the alchemy of sociological research. New Zealand Sociology Volume 29 Issue 1 (2014).

White S.J., Stubbe M. H. Macdonald L.M., Dowell A.C. Dew K.P., Gardner R., Framing the consultation: The role of the referral in surgeon-patient consultations , Health Communication. Vol 29 No.1 (2013).

Dowell A., Stubbe M., Scott-Dowell K., Macdonald L., Dew K., Talking with the alien: interaction with computers in the GP consultation. Australian Journal of Primary Health. Vol 19 No. 4 pp 275-282 (2013)

Dew K, Chamberlain K, Hodgetts D, Norris P, Radley A and Gabe J. Home as a hybrid centre of medication practice. Sociology of Health and Illness Vol 36 No. 1 pp 28-43 (2014).

Norris P, Chamberlain K, Dew K, Gabe J, Hodgetts D, and Madden H. Public Beliefs about Antibiotics, Infection and Resistance: A Qualitative Study. Antibiotics 2 pp.465-476 (2013),

Macdonald, L. Stubbe, M. Tester, R. Vernall, V. Dowell, A. Dew, K. Kenealy, T. Sheridan, N. Docherty, B. Gray, L. and Raphael, D. Nurse-patient communication in primary care diabetes management: an exploratory study. BMC Nursing 12:20 (2013).

White, S.Stubbe, M. Dew, K. Macdonald, L. Dowell, A. and Gardner, R. Understanding communication between surgeon and patient in outpatient consultations. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 83 (5): 307-311 (2013).

Gabe J, Chamberlain K, Norris P, Dew K, Madden H, Hodgetts D, 'The debate about the funding of Hereceptin: A case study of 'countervailing powers', Social Science & Medicine, 75, December (2012), pp. 2353-2361.

Dew K, 'Presenteeism and workplace health: making a case for a validated 'presenteeism index', Occupational Health (at work), 8, 5, February/March (2012), pp. 17-19.

Moriarity A, Dew K, 'The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and participation in Aotearoa New Zealand', Disability and Society, 26, 6, October (2011), pp. 683-697.

Carroll P, Dew K, Howden-Chapman P, 'The Heart of the Matter: Using Poetry as a Method of Ethnographic Inquiry to Represent and Present Experiences of the Informally Housed in Aotearoa/New Zealand', Qualitative Inquiry, 17, 7, September (2011), pp. 623-630.

Gardner, J., Dew K, 'The Eltroxin controversy: Risk and how actors construct their world', Health, Risk and Society, 13, 5, August (2011), pp. 397-411.

Dew K, 'Pressure to work through periods of short term sickness can have long term negative effects on health and productivity', British Medical Journal, June (2011), pp. 1-2.

Ivory V, Collings C, Blakely T, Dew K, 'When does neighbourhood matter? Multilevel relationships between neighbourhood social fragmentation and mental health', Social Science & Medicine, 72, June (2011), pp. 1993-2002.

Chamberlain K, Madden H, Gabe J, Dew K P, Norris P T, 'Forms of resistance to medications within New Zealand households', Medische Antropologie, 23, 2 (2011), pp. 299-308.

Hodgetts D, Chamberlain K, Gabe J, Dew K, Radley A, Madden H, Norris P T, Nikora L W, 'Emplacement and everyday use of medications in domestic dwellings', Health and Place, 17, 1, January (2011), pp. 353-360.

Purdie G, Hill S, Sarfati D, Blakely T, Robson B, Dennett E, Cormack D, Dew K, Ayanian J Z, Kawachi I, 'Ethnicity and management of colon cancer in New Zealand', Cancer, 116, 13, July (2010), pp. 3205-3214.

McDonald J, Dew K, Cumming J, 'Change and Adaptation in Families with Young Carers', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 45, 4, Summer (2010), pp. 459-475.

Hill S, Sarfati D, Blakely T, Robson B, Purdie G, Chen J, Dennett E, Cormack D, Cunningham R, Dew K, McCreanor T, Kawachi I, 'Survival disparities in indigenous and non-indigenous New Zealanders with colon cancer: the role of patient comorbidity, treatment and health service factors', Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 64, 2, March (2010), pp. 117-123.

Dew K, Stubbe M, Macdonald L, Dowell A, Plumridge E, 'The (non) use of prioritisation protocols by surgeons', Sociology of Health and Illness, 32, 4, February (2010), pp. 545-562.

Public Commentaries

Dew, K. (2019). We need to understand how end of life decisions are likely to be made. Dominion Post, 29 August

Dew, K. (2019). As pharmaceutical use continues to rise, side effects are becoming a costly health issue. The Conversation, 21 February

Dew, P. (2018). Calls to beef up reporting of adverse drug side effects. Interview with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon, RNZ National, 30 July

Dew, K. P. (2018). The problem with new drugs on the market. Newsroom. 20 July

Teaching in 2020