Prof. dr. Jessica Mesman (J.)

Jessica Mesman holds a Chair in Complexity and Epistemic Diversity’ at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her field of expertise is Science and Technology Studies with a focus on medical practices, in particular ICUs, Surgery, and Emergency.  Her work on ‘exnovation’ is internationally recognised as progressive as the concept directs the attention to highlighting and harnessing the ecological strength of existing practices by combining innovation with scientific inquiry. Her current research focuses on ways to navigate complexity in healthcare. For her exnovative analysis, she uses video-reflexive ethnography (VRE), an interventionist and collaborative method. Besides this visual reframing, she also uses (non)modern epistemic frameworks not usually related to research on complexity in healthcare, as analytical strategy.


Recent publications:

  • Hor, S., Dadich, A., Gionfriddom, M., Noble, C., Wyer, M. & Mesman, J. (2023). Research as care: Practice-based knowledge translation as transformative learning through video-reflexive ethnography. Health Sociology Review. 32(1), 60–74. 
  • Zinck Pedersen, K. & Mesman, J. (2021). A Transactional Approach to Patient Safety: Understanding safe care as a collaborative accomplishment. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 35(4), 503-513.
  • Mesman, J. (2023). Alignment and Alienation: Emergency Staff and Midwifery Scholars as Co-Researchers. In K. Bijsterveld & A. Swinnen (Eds.). Interdisciplinarity in the Scholarly Life Cycle: Learning by example in the humanities and social science research. (pp. 273-291). Palgrave Macmillan
  • Mesman, J. & Carroll, K. (2021) The Art of Staying with Making & Doing: exnovating video-reflexive ethnography. In: Downey, G. & Zuiderent-Jeral, T. Making and Doing: Activating STS through Knowledge Expression and Travel. (pp.155 -177). The MIT Pres
  • Korstjens, I., Mesman, J., DeVries, R. & Nieuwehuizen, M. (2021). The paradoxes of communication and collaboration in maternity care: a video-reflexivity study with professionals and parents. Women and Birth. 34: 145-153.
  • Iedema, R., Carroll, K., Collier, A., Hor, S., Mesman, J., &. Wyer, M. (2019). Video-Reflexive Ethnography in Health Research and Healthcare Improvement: Theory and application. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.