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Body, Science and Society

This cluster combines the department’s distinctive expertise in the sociology of science and epistemology and governance with our capacity in contemporary biomedicine, technology and society.


Key research themes include:

  • Science, knowledge and epistemology
  • Biomedicine, biotechnology and governance
  • Nutritional science and food security
  • Pharmaceutical medicine, health and neuroscience
  • Theoretical and empirical engagements with the biological sciences

Current Research Projects:

Medicated Sleep and Wakefulness - A Social Scientific Investigation of Stakeholder Interests, Policies and Practices, ESRC (April 2011-Janaury 2014), Simon Williams.

Making Science Public - Challenges and Opportunities, Leverhulme Trust, (May2012 – April 2016), Alex Smith

Genomic Sovereignty in a Global Context: Comparative Exchanges on Justice, Ethics and Medicine, Brocher Foundation, (January 2014- December 2014), Amy Hinterberger (with Ernesto Schwartz-Marin)

Chimeric Organisms and the Ethics of 'Humanization', Wellcome Trust Small Grant Award (September - December 2014), Amy Hinterberger.

Recent Research Projects:

Animals and post-human futures, Institute of Advanced Study, (August 2012 – July 2013) Nickie Charles (with David Lambert & Laura E Green)

Related Teaching

MSc Science, Media and Public Policy

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