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Scholarly biography

Laetitia Zeeman has developed a research and scholarly focus in the field of gender, sexuality and health. The central principles of this work question dominant discourses of health to recognise the strengths and abilities of people when they face adversity or have gained experience of health problems. When health discourses are actively deconstructed, via the narratives people tell of their lives, we make visible how these stories inform identify formation and wellbeing. The overarching aim of this work is to take account of the health and social inequalities that underpin adversity, and more specifically to reduce the inequalities of specific populations. By opening up discourses of health and healthcare, and by tackling health inequalities, we can re-imagine participatory and socially just healthcare systems and clinical practice leading to material change.


Research interests

At the Centre for Transforming Sexuality and Gender our research explores the intersections between gender, sexuality and health by considerting the impact of social determinants on the health and healthcare inequalities of LGBTQ+ people. The political aim of this work is to address the causes of inequalities underpinning the adversity experienced by minority groups. This research considers how barriers can be overcome by health professionals when providing care to LGBT+ people, and how to address the obstacles LGBT+ people face when accessing healthcare. The output informs health service development and delivery for those who lead non-normative lives by acknowledging gender and sexual plurality.

Supervisory Interests

Supervision support can be provided to PhD students who are interested in queer theory, poststructuralism, the application of critical social theory, new materialism and feminist theory in health-related research. Focus areas include LGBTQ+ health and healthcare, resilience, trans health, intersectionality and mental health promotion. PhD students that I have supervised to completion worked on studies employing critical social theory and qualitative creative methods. I've examined more than 10 PhD/Professional Doctorate studies in the UK and/or abroad.  

Approach to teaching

Students learn best when engaged and inspired. As a result I prefer learning and teaching activities that are collaborative where students participate in discussion and critical debate to generate alternative ways of thinking. Drawing on contemporary health and critical social theory we aim to make meaning of lived experience and other sources of knowledge to co-produce writing and research around:

  • Mental health
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Critical reflection
  • Research appraisal
  • Values-based practice
  • Culture, health and wellbeing
  • Gender and sexualities
  • Health and social inequalities
  • Resilience and asset-based approaches to promote health
  • Diversity awareness

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Johannesburg

15 Jan 199623 Nov 2000


  • RT Nursing
  • LGBT+ healthcare
  • Mental Health
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Health promotion
  • Systems
  • Settings
  • LGBTQ+ health
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Intersectionality
  • Trans
  • Intersex
  • HM Sociology
  • Feminist theory
  • Critical social theory
  • Queer theory
  • R Medicine (General)
  • Health promotion
  • Health inequalities
  • Trans
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
  • Reducing health inequalities
  • Resilience

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Research Output 2002 2019

A review of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) health and healthcare inequalities. European Journal of Public Health.

Zeeman, L., Sherriff, N., Browne, K., McGlynn, N., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Davis, R., Sanchez-Lambert, J., Aujean, S., Pinto, N., Farinella, F. & Donisi, V., 31 Oct 2018, In : European Journal of Public Health. p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Healthcare Disparities
Public Health
Sexual Minorities

State-of-the-art study focusing on the health inequalities faced by LGBTI people: State-of-the-Art Synthesis Report (SSR)

Zeeman, L., Sherriff, N., Browne, K., McGlynn, N., Aujean, S., Pinto, N., Davies, R., Mirandola, M., Gios, L., Amaddeo, F., Donisi, V., Rosinska, M., Niedźwiedzka-Stadnik, M. & Pierson, A., 1 Jun 2017, European Union. 250 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

Open Access
European Union

Queering health: critical challenges to normative health and healthcare, PCCS Books: Ross-On-Wye

Zeeman, L. (ed.), Aranda, K. (ed.) & Grant, A. (ed.), 1 May 2014, Ross-on-Wye: PCCs Books. 200 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - editedResearchpeer-review

critical theory

Queer challenges to evidence-based mental health care

Zeeman, L., Aranda, K. & Grant, A., 1 Jan 2014, Queering health: critical challenges to normative health and healthcare. Zeeman, L., Aranda, K. & Grant, A. (eds.). Monmouth, Wales: PCCs Books

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

Promoting resilience and emotional wellbeing of transgender young people: research at the intersections of gender and sexuality

Zeeman, L., Aranda, K., Sherriff, N. & Cocking, C., 22 Sep 2016, In : Journal of Youth Studies. 20, 3, p. 382-397 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
research results

Activities 2018 2018

Trans, Non-Binary and Intersex Conference

Olu Jenzen (Member of programme committee), Laetitia Zeeman (Member of programme committee), Hannah Frith (Member of programme committee)
19 Jul 2018

Activity: EventsConference