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Miss Abbie Greig

Miss Abbie Greig

PhD Student

I am a cultural/health geographer interested in the body, identity and medical regulation. My PhD research explores the (dis)embodied experience of receiving an organ transplant and the role of self-regulation in producing ‘good patients’.



  • 2020 – present: PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2019 – 2020: MPhil in Geographical Research, University of Cambridge
  • 2015 – 2019: MA in Geography, University of St Andrews


  • MPhil in Geographical Research, University of Cambridge
  • MA in Geography, University of St Andrews (First Class)


  • Derek Brewer Research Studentship, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge (2020)
  • McIver Class Medal, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews (2018)


My PhD research explores the embodied, lived experience of receiving a solid organ transplant – at once a strange and 'othered' biomaterial, yet one that is necessary to maintain the life of the self – as told by organ recipients. My aim is to explore how one's sense of self, identity and (dis)embodiment change over the spatio-temporal process of transplantation, and to examine the role of self-regulation and disciplinary compliance in producing 'good patients'. In examining the embodied experiences of organ recipients, I draw together geographical research concerning the body and health, illness narratives and narrative analysis, and wider interdisciplinary work on the medical gaze, thereby taking a broader view of transplantation beyond simply clinical outcomes.

Methodologically, I intend to combine interviews with participant observation and diary methods in order to place the voices of organ recipients at the fore of my research. My doctoral work is based at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus: the only comprehensive adult solid organ transplant programme in the UK.

More broadly, my research interests include the regulation of non- 'normative' bodies (particularly intersex bodies), disability scholarship, and feminist and gender theory.


  • Supervisor, Part 1A Skills and Methods (2021)

External activities

  • Postgraduate Fellow, Royal Geographical Society (2020-present)
  • Member, Vital Geographies Research Group (2019-present)
  • Member, Gender and Working Lives Reading Group (2020)
  • Living Labs Research Assistant, University of St Andrews (2018)