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James McNally (PhD Student)

James McNally

Research Interests: Science and Technology Studies, problematisation, controversies, philosophy of technology, and social theory.

Supervisors: Professor Noortje Marres and Dr Matt Spencer.

Research Topic

My research examines the forms and logics by which technologies come to be presented variously as ‘problems’, ‘solutions’, or ‘issues’ within different social domains. This involves exploring a number of key methodological considerations pertaining to how such problematic events are defined, communicated, negotiated, and attended to in the varied contexts within which they are embedded, as well as how best to study these processes. To this end my research draws heavily on the social-epistemological and social-ontological concerns of Science and Technology Studies, American pragmatist philosophy, post-structuralist theory, and ethnomethodological sociology. My research also involves case studies of significant technological innovations and controversies, in addition to ethnographic field studies of problem-solving and issue-formation in emerging technologies.

As of Winter 2018 I have been working as a postgraduate research assistant on the Horizon 2020 BLINDSPOT project, a European Research Council (ERC) funded project on diversity and performance headed by principal investigator David Stark. More information can be found here:



Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

University of Warwick CV4 7AL

Email:j dot mcnally at warwick dot ac dot uk