About

The Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness is a charity, established in December 1999 and registered with the Charity Commission. Its objects, as set out in the Memorandum of Association, are for the public benefit to promote and improve social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of the sociology of health and illness.

The Foundation has a number of powers in this respect:

  • to publish journals, books, articles, bulletins, reports and other materials in any media;
  • to arrange and host or support conferences, courses, workshops, seminars and other educational activities;
  • to provide for individuals to participate in conferences courses, work shops, seminars and other educational activities;
  • to arrange and support research and activities related to research; and
  • to award scholarships and prizes and to provide financial assistance for students and apprentices.

As a charity, the Foundation is a private company limited by guarantee and having no share capital. The registered office is: Wrigleys Solicitors, 19 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AG. Malcolm Lynch of Wrigleys is the charity’s Secretary.The Governing Body is made up of eight Trustees/Directors, the current Editorial Board of the journal Sociology of Health & Illness, and up to five others elected at an ordinary meeting of the Foundation. Members of the Governing Body have voting rights at the Annual General Meeting of the Foundation, which is held at the annual BSA Medical Sociology Group Conference in September. While there is no formal relationship with the British Sociological Association or the Medical Sociology Group, we seek to collaborate, where practically possible, on appropriate joint ventures, such as the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize.

There are a minimum of five and a maximum of eight Trustees, who are not paid, and may not profit from the charity. The Trustees have responsibility for carrying out the Foundation’s objects of promoting and improving social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of the sociology of health and illness. Trustees are appointed for three years, renewable for a further three years. A list of current Trustees can be found under the menu above.

The sole asset of the Foundation is the journal, Sociology of Health and Illness, currently published by Wiley-Blackwell, which pays a royalty to the Foundation each year, based on the income from the journal. The Trustees in turn provide a grant to the journal’s editorial board to meet the costs of editing the journal.

Much of the income therefore goes back into production of the journal. The remainder is used to support a range of other activities. As the journal has thrived, the income to the Foundation has increased, and we are now able to promote and improve social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of the sociology of health and illness through a number of award schemes. At present these include funding for symposia and workshops, postgraduate student travel to overseas conferences, developing research grants, and postdoctoral fellowships. The Foundation has, in the past, also funded PhD studentships and provided support towards the running of the annual BSA Medical Sociology Group Conference.

For general enquiries, please contact FSHIadmin@googlemail.com.