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Katie Adam

Katie Adam
Antimicrobial resistance, Systems of Innovation, Regulation of Medical Devices, Veterinary service delivery, Mixed methods research in social sciences, Participation, Knowledge exchange, Zoonoses

Geoffrey Banda

Geoffrey Banda
Innovation, International development, Science, Regenerative Medicine, Business Models, Financing Innovation, Pharmaceutical Production

Michael Barany

Michael Barany
History of Mathematics, History of science, History of the exact sciences, Sociology of Knowledge, Cultural studies of science and technology

History, sociology, and cultural studies of modern mathematical and physical sciences; scientific institutions, internationalism, and globalisation; quantification, abstraction, algorithms, and society; historiography of science and mathematics.
David Bloor

David Bloor

Ronan Bolton

Ronan Bolton
Climate change and energy policy, energy policy and politics, Technology and society, sociology of markets, Sustainability

I am interested in supervising PhDs in: Socio-technical Systems, UK and International Energy Policy, Future of Energy Markets, Infrastructure Governance and Climate Change
Ann Bruce

Ann Bruce
Environment, Participation, Sustainability, Risk, agriculture and food security, interdisciplinarity, GM, animal genetics, Knowledge exchange, animal biosciences, Values

Jane Calvert

Jane Calvert
Science and technology studies, Sociology of Science, Philosophy of biology, Science policy, Engineering studies, Synthetic biology, Systems biology, Interdisciplinary collaborations

I have enjoyed supervising postgraduate students from a range of different backgrounds including the social sciences, the biological sciences and philosophy. I'd be very happy to discuss potential research projects with prospective postgraduate students. Topics I'd be interested in supervising include (but are not limited to): the engineering of living things (including questions about design, evolution and 'life'); interdisciplinary collaborations (between scientists, engineers, social scientists and artists and designers); and STS and policy (particularly the governance of emerging technologies and the 'normative turn' in STS).
Gian Marco Campagnolo

Gian Marco Campagnolo
Valuation Studies, Social Data Science, Sociology of Images, Big data, Football

I am currently interested in supervising postgraduate students wanting to undertake ethnographic studies of 'data science' applications, qualitatively analysing the full data life-cycle from production, to analysis, consumption, data presentation and related controversies. I am open to consider PhDs wanting to address this topic with empirical cases from different fields, from marketing to policy making to performance measurement including sport. Potential PhD topics are: - the impact of digital objectivity on coach ‘trained judgement’; - the implications of information overload on player performance; - data, gender and sport; - the promises of new analytics techniques applied to sport data; - the public perception of decision-aid technologies in sport; - the relationship between gaming and sport; - digital world and the future of sport; the embedded nature of player knowledge; - the interaction between different forms of data in sport (including social media data); - the use of data in injury prevention, transfer market analytics and player valuation.
Morgan Currie

Morgan Currie
Administrative Data, open data, data activism, Democratic Theory, data infrastructures, Participation, Performativity, cities

I am currently supervising students researching the quantification and datafication of government administrations and affective facial recognition systems. I'm happy to take students interested broadly in the social and political dimensions of big data, government and urban data, data justice, data activism, and cultural GIS.
Lawrence Dritsas

Lawrence Dritsas
Science & technology studies, History of science, Colonial/imperial history, Decolonisation, global histories of science technology and medicine, Scottish history, Missionary Encounter

I am happy to supervise research students interested in the history of science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly topics related to global history, exploration, travel, imperialism and colonialism. Please feel free to contact me directly.
Lukas Engelmann

Lukas Engelmann
Medical history, Medical Anthropology, Medical sociology, digital culture, Epidemiology

- History and Sociology of Biomedicine - History of Epidemics and Epidemiology - Social and cultural dimensions of Plague, AIDS, Zika, AMR and Covid-19 - History of Sexuality - Medicine and Theory
Isabel Fletcher

Isabel Fletcher
Global Health Policy, Medical history, Social Determinants of Health, Medical sociology, Chronic illness, Political Economy of Health, Food Security, Public health, Nutrition, sociology of food

Miguel Garcia-Sancho

Miguel Garcia-Sancho
History of science, Science and technology studies, science communication, genomics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, animal genetics, biology and agriculture

History of 20th century biomedicine, particularly: 1) History of animal or agricultural genetics; 2) Any aspect of the research career of Conrad Hal Waddington; 3) Historical or multidisciplinary studies of genomics in Asia, the US or Europe (especially France, Italy and Germany); 4) Interactions between global and local technoscience in countries traditionally considered as "peripheral", especially Southern and Eastern Europe; 5) Use of genetics and interactions between science, politics, medicine and society in the investigation of forced disappearances under totalitarian regimes and ancestry searches by "stolen babies".
Gill Haddow

Gill Haddow
Patient experiences, Cyborgs, Sociology of health and illness, Medical sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, embodiment, public engagement, Balance of power

I am interested in identity, embodiment, organ transplantation, genetics, ARTs, public engagement, patient participation, as well as the impact that new and emerging biomedical technologies have more generally. Mostly using approaches from sociology of health, medicine and illness, and/science and technology studies and qualitative methods.
Farah Huzair

Farah Huzair
Governance, Innovation, Policy, Life Sciences

Governance and Innovation in the life sciences
Kirsten Jenkins

Kirsten Jenkins
Environment, Technology and society, energy justice, Climate change and energy policy, renewable energy, Energy policy, Energy transitions

I am interested in supervising PhD applicants on topics related to energy justice, energy policy and energy transitions, especially from a STIS (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) analytical perspective.
Niall Kerr

Niall Kerr
Climate change and energy policy, Built environment, Policy effectiveness, Cognitive dissonance

Chrysa Lamprinopoulou

Chrysa Lamprinopoulou
Transition studies, Policy construction, organizations and institutions, Technology and society, governance

ON GOING Sam Beechener - How co-innovation with respect to sustainable intensification impacts on scaling in the context of the New Zealand agri-food sector.
James Lowe

James Lowe
Genomics, History of science, History of biological sciences, variation, Translation, biotechnology, Philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, animal research, biology and agriculture, scientific practice

History of genetics, history of genomics, history of embryology/developmental biology, history of biology, philosophical aspects and implications of genetics/genomics, philosophy of science in practice.
Catherine Lyall

Catherine Lyall
Research methods, research policy, research evaluation, assessment of research impact, Knowledge exchange, Policy issues related to the governance of science, technology, innovation, Science policy, career development, management of interdisciplinary research, Interdisciplinary collaborations

I am broadly interested in the policy-making process for issues related to the governance of science, technology and innovation; the promotion and management of interdisciplinary research; and research evaluation and the assessment of research impact. Students have nominated me for the EUSA Best Supervisor Award on three occasions and I am currently the Postgraduate Adviser for on-course students in STIS. I would be happy to discuss supervising in any of the following topics: Science and public policy; Research policy; Research impact; Knowledge exchange; Knowledge brokerage; The practice of interdisciplinarity; The demographics of interdisciplinarity; Theorising the integrative method.
Fadhila Mazanderani

Fadhila Mazanderani
Social movements, Patient experiences, Public health, Health policy, Sociology of Knowledge, Medical sociology, Social media and internet technologies, Chronic illness, Care ethics

I welcome inquiries from prospective students who are interested in applying theoretical and methodological approaches from Science and Technology Studies to different contexts and case studies in Medicine and Healthcare. In particular: 1) The epistemological, political and ethical consequences of the introduction of internet and other technologies in medicine and the life-sciences; 2) Alternative forms of knowledge in medicine and healthcare, including patients' lived experiences, emotions and sensory perception; 3) Contested knowledge and controversial medical theories and treatments. In addition, I would be interested in hearing from students who would like to conduct research in relation to the following health conditions and medical specialisms: HIV and sexual health; neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis; Parkinson's disease); Medically unexplained or unrecognized conditions (e.g. CFS/ME, electrosensitivity); allergies and auto-immune conditions.
James Mittra

James Mittra
Innovation, translational medicine, agrobiotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, risk governance, regulation, stratified medicine, genomics, Regenerative Medicine, Value, Public-private partnerships, collaboration, interdiciplinarity

I am interested in supervising students on a broad range of topics in health-related innovation, policy and regulation, including new empirical and theoretical approaches to the health-related bioeconomy; innovation, risk governance and regulation of advanced therapies; value(s) and valuation practices in health innovation; understanding new R&D practices and stakeholder relations within health systems; and global challenges in areas like antimicrobial resistance.
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Harry Moncreiff
Climate change and energy policy, Energy transition;, sociology of energy innovation, energy politics, oil and gas, Renewable Energy Systems

Vera Florida Mkenda

Vera Florida Mkenda
Livestock development, Rural Development, Food Security, Innovation, Science and technology for development, innovation systems, International Development, Smallholder farming, Sub-Saharan Africa, Antimicrobial resistance, Public health, One Health, Health systems governance, Global Health, Regulation of food business

Any research related to Africa or developing economies, especially on: Agricultural innovation; Technology development and transfer; Food policy; food systems; Knowledge brokerage; innovation and developing economies; livestock development; inclusive innovation; innovation and the market (in African perspectives); innovation and technology policy.
Sarah Parry

Sarah Parry
Gender and Environment, Gender and Technology, Gender, Environment and Health, Environment and Social Change

I have enjoyed supervising doctoral students from a range of backgrounds - from the natural and social sciences - and would welcome students interested in: i) Gender-environment relations, particularly in over-developed countries; ii) Classifications and understandings of nature; iii) Animal-human relations in the context of environmental issues; and iv) Gender and environmental health, including reproduction. If you are an excellent student and have an idea that builds on any of these interests then feel free to get in touch.
Alan Raybould

Alan Raybould

Eugenia Rodrigues

Eugenia Rodrigues
Environment, monitoring, surveillance, new technologies, public engagement, citizen science

My interests are located in the broad areas of environmental sociology and science and technology studies and I would especially welcome proposals that refer to topics where these two fields meet. In particular, I would be interested in supervising research students on themes such as: monitoring and surveillance, environmental monitoring, new forms of lay participation mediated through new technologies and new social media, public engagement with and in science and technology notably within so-called citizen science initiatives.
Pablo Schyfter

Pablo Schyfter
Sociology of knowledge, Science and technology studies, Gender, Feminist Theory, Engineering studies, Phenomenology, Philosophy of biology, Philosophy of technology

Gender, science and technology; sociology of knowledge; synthetic biology; engineering studies; poststructuralism and phenomenology; philosophies of biology and technology
Robert Smith

Robert Smith
Science policy, synthetic biology, Emerging Biotechnologies, Public Value, Governance of Science and Technology, Collaborative Methods, Research Funding, Responsible Innovation, Science and Technology Studies, Biofuels

James Stewart

James Stewart
Technology and society, Media and society, Political Economy of Market Microstructure, Policy issues related to the governance of science, technology, innovation, Work & Labour, Social media and internet technologies, Space, place and the city, Social network analysis, Open Content Licensing, Computer models and simulations for policy, Social Shaping of Internet and Society, Digital Work, digital culture, digital research, Digital games and social inclusion, Innovation in elderly care, EU Policy, crowdsourcing, ICTs and development, , telecoms policy and innovation, Innovation, Open Data, Domestic Technology, the family, Mobile communications, Social Inclusion, ICTs in Social and Employment Policy, Digital Divide, participatory design, digital evidence

I am interested in supervising postgraduate students in STS or especially in interdisciplinary co-supervision with other Schools. Development, use and regulation of Information and Communication technologies and telecommunications Smart Cities and Living Labs Data and Future Mobility Role of Generative Ideas in innovaiton Innovation and Governance IoT and ‘AI’, including Ethics Changing Evidence Practices in the Data Society (policy, business, health and care, etc) Design and practice in Privacy and Data Protection Ethnography of Algorithms and AI Everyday practice of Cybersecurity Development of Digital tools for qualitative research of Online Community, E-inclusion and the Digital Divide Social policy ICT in Social care, Digital Serious Games, The Future of Work in the Data Society, ICTs and Development Internet and political participation Digital Markets, Crowdsourcing Crowdfunding Neuro-control and feedback Digital infrastructures
Steve Sturdy

Steve Sturdy
History of science and medicine, Medical sociology, sociology of scientific knowledge, genomics, Historical sociology

I welcome enquiries from PhD applicants interested in conducting research on any aspect of the history or sociology of modern (post-1800) medicine and the life sciences. Topics studied by my current and recent PhD students include the history of occupational diseases, the nature of dendroclimatological knowledge, and the impact of neuroscience on youth justice policy and practice.
Joyce Tait

Joyce Tait
Synthetic biology, GM technologies, drug development, stratified medicine, Policy Analysis, risk assessment and regulation, Stakeholder Theory, sustainable development, strategic management, cell therapies, Regenerative Medicine

Niki Vermeulen

Niki Vermeulen
Science & technology studies, History of science and medicine, Social Organisation of Knowledge, Science policy, Innovation, Life Sciences

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

I supervise PhD students across the broad range of research areas outlined above, with special interest in: social learning/social shaping of technology and biography of artefacts and practices; standardisation and innovation; enterprise systems; e-health; information infrastructures; e-sciense; models of innovation interdisciplinary engagements promissory work and new and emerging science and technology
Mark Winskel

Mark Winskel
Expertise and interdisciplinarity, sociotechnical system change, energy policy and politics, research-policy exchange, energy organisations and institutions, energy innovation systems, Climate change and energy policy, scenarios and futures

I am interested in supervising PhD applicants on topics related to research-policy exchange and expertise, interdisciplinarity in energy studies, whole energy systems research and policy, and energy and climate policy, especially from a STIS (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) analytical perspective.
Steven Yearley

Steven Yearley
Environment, citizen science, Justice and environment, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of knowledge and science, Sustainability, Sociology of Climate Change

I welcome applications in all areas of science and technology studies, in environmental social science, and in social aspects of genomics and contemporary life science. At the moment I have PhD students working on (or recently completed on) a variety of topics including environmental modelling, on-line expertise, conservation controversies, nuclear power and the ‘risk society’ in China, and environmental justice. I am particularly keen to supervise in areas where environmental topics and STS overlap.
Peter Zeniewski

Peter Zeniewski
Energy security, energy politics, Energy policy, EU Energy Policy, natural gas

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