Biography

I have backgrounds in Social Anthropology (PhD, University of Cambridge and MA, University of Alberta), Occupational Therapy (BScOT, University of Alberta and DipCOT, St. Joseph's College of Occupational Therapy, Dublin) and History (MA, University of Limerick). I have held positions at the University of Central Lancashire (1998-2007) and Leipzig University (based at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu) (2007-2008). I joined the University of Limerick in 2009.

My current research explores the meaning of occupation/work in mid-20th Century Irish mental health institutions from the perspectives of patients, staff and the public thereby drawing attention to the complex social, historical, political and healthcare contexts which have shaped (and continue to shape) Irish mental health services and the profession of occupational therapy.

A second research strand focuses on service users' experiences of forensic mental health settings and explores how people experience everyday life, create meaning and manage their daily activities and social relationships in circumstances marked by uncertainty and confinement.

Previous anthropological research undertaken in Nepal focused on everyday life practices, oral healing traditions and mental health and resulted in key publications including a monograph on the impact of Nepal's civil war (1996-2006) on social life, cultural practices and wellbeing titled Maoists at the Hearth: Everyday Life in Nepal's Civil War.


A project at planning stage, which draws on digital technologies and anthropological and historical research approaches, will explore the development of the practice, structures and intellectual heritage of occupational therapy with children in Ireland (1970-2022). This project will contribute to debates on paradigm shifts in occupational therapy and will develop frameworks and protocols for the development of occupational therapy archives.


I have secured competitive funding from a variety of national and international sources. I am currently the Principal Investigator for: (i) the National Council for Special Education's Occupational Therapy Support Services for Schools Project and (ii) a collaborative project between UL and UL Hospitals Group, which explores multiple stakeholder's experiences of the Intermediate Care Facility established at UL as a field hospital during COVID's initial phase.


I am a member of the CORU (Health & Social Care Professionals Council) Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board and served as chair from 2017-2021.

Research Interests

Social History of Occupational Therapy (World War 1; mid-20th century Ireland), History of Psychiatry, Forensic Mental Health, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of South Asia, Anthropology of Everyday Life, Trauma, Culture and Political Violence

Books

A Place in the Country: Three Counties Asylum 1860-1999

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
Hatfield
University of Hertfordshire Press
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Maoists at the Hearth: Everyday Life in Nepal's Civil War

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2013
Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania Press
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Grounding Knowledge/Walking Land: Archaeological Research and Ethno-historical Identity in Central Nepal.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2009
Cambridge
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
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A Place in the Country: Three Counties Asylum (1860 - 1998).

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
1998
Luton
South Bedfordshire Community Health Care Trust
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Book Chapters

'There is Nowhere Safe': Intrusion, Negotiation and Resistance in a Hill Village in Central Nepal.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
New Delhi
Adroit Press:
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Windows into a revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism in India and Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
Abingdon
Routledge
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Guns, Kinship and Fear: Maoists among the Tamu-mai (Gurungs)

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2009
New Delhi
Social Science Press
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The Role of Business Schools in Framing Entrepreneurial Thinking across Disciplines - The Case of Allied Health Professions;

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2016
Switzerland
Springer
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Observing the Elections in Central Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2009
Kathmandu
Himal Books
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The contribution of the Social Sciences to Occupational Therapy

Ms. Katie Robinson
Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
Edinburgh
Elsevier
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Children and Revolution: Mental Health and Psychosocial Well-being of Child Soldiers in Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
Lanham.
Altamira Press, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers
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Resisting the State in East Nepal: The 'Chintang Incident' of 1979 and the Politics of Commemoration

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2013
New Delhi
Oxford University Press
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The social fabric of the jelbang killings

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
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The Social Fabric of the Jelbang Killings, Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
New Delhi.
Social Science Press
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Fear and everyday life in rural Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
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Fear and Everyday Life in Rural Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
New Delhi
Social Science Press
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Resisting the State in East Nepal: The 'Chintang Incident' of 1979 and the Politics of Commemoration

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2013
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Windows into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism in India and Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
New Delhi
Social Science Press
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Edited Books

Windows into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism in India and Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
Abington
Routledge
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Windows into a Revolution: Ethnographies of Maoism in India and Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
New Delhi
Social Science Press
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Peer Reviewed Journals

Political violence and mental health: A multi-disciplinary review of the literature on Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
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Safety first: Factors affecting preceptor midwives experiences of competency assessment failure among midwifery students

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2019
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Leisure Occupations in the Central Criminal Lunatic Asylum 1890-1920

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2015
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Qualitative synthesis: A guide to conducting a meta-ethnography

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2018
LONDON
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The Role of Business Schools in Framing Entrepreneurial Thinking Across Disciplines: The Case of Allied Health Professions

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2016
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Unexpected consequences of everyday life during the maoist insurgency in Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
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The Bluebirds: World War I Soldiers' Experiences of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
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The Development of Occupational Therapy in Grangegorman Hospital, Dublin: 1934 - 1954. .

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2020
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Vocational rehabilitation and occupational therapy: Impact of a knowledge translation initiative

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2014
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An oral history of occupational therapy education in the Republic of Ireland

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2018
LONDON
SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
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Exploring the co-involvement of disabled adolescents in participatory action research; protocol for a critical interpretative synthesis [version 1; peer review: 1 approved with reservations]

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
Dr. Aoife Gallagher
2021
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Binomials and the noun-to-verb ratio in Puma Rai ritual speech

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2011
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Nouns and Verbs in Chintang: Children's Usage and Surrounding Adult Speech

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
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A case study of the development of occupational therapy at st. Patrick’s hospital Dublin, 1935-1969

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2018
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Vocational Rehabilitation and Occupational Therapy: Impact of a Knowledge Translation Initiative

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2014
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An Oral History of Occupational Therapy Education in the Republic of Ireland.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2018
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Binomials and the noun-to-verb ratio in Puma Rai ritual speech

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2011
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Eamon O’Sullivan: 20th-century Irish psychiatrist and occupational therapy patron

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2020
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A case study of the development of occupational therapy at St. Patrick's Hospital Dublin, 1935-1969.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2018
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Political Violence and Psychosocial Wellbeing in Nepal: a Systematic Multi-disciplinary Review.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
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Qualitative synthesis: A guide to conducting a meta-ethnography.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2018
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An integrative review of social and occupational factors influencing health and wellbeing

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2015
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The Transition to Retirement Experiences of Academics in "Higher Education": A Meta-Ethnography

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2019
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The Hen Project: Introducing Vocational Opportunity into a High Secure Forensic Unit

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2015
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Windows into a revolution: ethnographies of Maoism in South Asia

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2009
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Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2016
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An integrative review of social and occupational factors influencing health and wellbeing

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2015
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The Transition to Retirement Experiences of Academics in 'Higher Education': A Meta-Ethnography.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2018
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Editorial

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2011
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The social fabric of the Jelbang killings, Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2009
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Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy

Ms. Katie Robinson
Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2016
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Unexpected consequences of everyday life in the Maoist insurgency in Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
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(2021) The retirement experiences of women academics: a qualitative, descriptive study, Educational Gerontology, 47:7, 297-311, DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2021.1929266

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2021
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Occupational Therapists' Experiences of Using Interpreters. . Vol. 39. No. 1 pp. 18-26.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2011
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Fear and everyday life in rural Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2009
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Occupational choice of youth in a disadvantaged community

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2015
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Primary Health Care, Community Participation and Community-Financing: Experiences of Two Middle Hill Villages in Nepal.

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
1996
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Community identity and collective efficacy: A social cure for traumatic stress in post-earthquake Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
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Exploring the Professional Experiences of Occupational Therapists who Started Working in the Republic of Ireland in the 1970s

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2014
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The first 100 years of the use of occupation as therapy in Ireland 1863-1963

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
Ms. Brid Dunne
2017
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Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury: the Lived Experience

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2014
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Conference Publications

World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress, XV Congress, 4-7 May, Chile

Ms. Katie Robinson
Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
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ENOTHE European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education Conference

Dr. Briga Hynes
Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2017
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International Confederation of Midwifery Triennial Conference ,Prague

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
Ms. Carmel Bradshaw
2014
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Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
Ms. Carmel Bradshaw
2014
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Inaugural HSE West Nursing and Midwifery Conference

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
Ms. Carmel Bradshaw
2015
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15th World Federation of Occupational Therapists

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
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World Federation of Occupational Therapists XV Congress

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
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COTEC- European Congress of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2012
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Conference Contributions

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

The influence of culture on diabetes self-management: perspectives of Gujarati Muslim men who reside in northwest England

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2008
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Other Publications

Using historical documentary methods to explore the history of occupational therapy

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2016
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The lived experience of performance and pain in Irish fiddlers

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2013
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Researching the development of occupational therapy in Ireland

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2013
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Political violence and mental health: A multi-disciplinary review of the literature on Nepal

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2010
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The influence of culture on diabetes self-management: perspectives of Gujarati Muslim men who reside in northwest England

Dr. Judith Pettigrew
2008
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