Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic

Broken Narratives and the Lived Body conference, 18-20 April 2016, Monash Prato Centre, Italy

Renata Kokanovic, Monash Fellow, is Associate Professor of Sociology of Health and Illness. Renata leads the Social Studies in Health and Medicine (SSHM) Research Program, a unique, interdisciplinary research program dedicated to the understanding of health and illness experiences in social context.


Renata obtained a BA (Hons) at The Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and her PhD at Murdoch University, WA. Prior to coming to Monash University in 2010, Renata was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research focussed on experiences diagnosed as psychiatric illness and explored the phenomenology of depression.

In 2010 Renata was awarded a Monash Fellowship. In 2011 and 2013, Renata was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Innovation and External Collaboration, Faculty of Arts, Monash University.

Renata is Honorary Senior Fellow of the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre at the University of Melbourne, member of The Australian Sociological Association, founding member of DIPEx International, Co-Director of Healthtalk Australia, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Mental Health.

DIPEx International is an international research collaboration led by the University of Oxford, established to highlight, using narrative research, the importance of understanding personal health and illness experiences in developing 21st century health care.

A member of DIPEx International, Healthtalk Australia is an Australian research collaboration across Monash University, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales to foster high quality narrative research on health and illness experiences. This research underpins the production of websites aimed at supporting people facing illness, as well as their families and friends, and contributing to the improvement of health care delivery.

Renata’s research has been included in the following books:

1 disclosure in health and illness    2 sociology    3 handbook     4 consuming health