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Geoffrey Banda

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

Dominic Berry

Dominic Berry
History of science, technology and engineering, Philosophy of science, Synthetic biology, Science and technology studies, History of theories about heredity, Plant breeding, History and philosophy of biology, Agriculture, Agricultural science

Ronan Bolton

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

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

I am currently particularly interested in research related to knowledge flows in agricultural systems and animal biosciences.
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, Sociology of Business Knowledge, social studies of markets, Social Studies of ICT

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. See video for more information on my research on big data and sport:
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

Lawrence is 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. Prospective students are encouraged to contact him directly.
Lukas Engelmann

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

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

I am interested in identity, embodiment, organ transplantation, genetics, ARTs, public engagement, patient participation, as well as the impact that new and emerging medical biotechnologies have more generally; usually using approaches from medical sociology, sociology of health and illness, or science and technology studies.
Catherine Heeney

Catherine Heeney
Research Ethics, Science and technology, genomics

I am interested in supervising projects dealing with sceintific ethics using an empirical approach, I am especially interested in developments in biomedical data sharing from an STS, ethics and governance perspective.
Farah Huzair

Farah Huzair
Governance, Innovation, Policy, Life Sciences

Governance and Innovation in the life sciences
Niall Kerr

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

Christine Knight

Christine Knight
Food, nutrition, national identity

James Lowe

James Lowe
Genomics, History of science, History of biological sciences, variation, Translation, biotechnology, Philosophy of science, philosophy of biology

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
Policy issues related to the governance of science, technology, innovation, The promotion and management of interdisciplinary research, Research evaluation and the assessment of research impact

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. 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; 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 and translational medicine; risk governance and regulation of new therapies; value(s) and valuation practices in health innovation; understanding new business models and commercialisation strategies in life science industries, and emergence of new R&D practices and stakeholder relations within life sciences. I am also interested in supervising projects in related sectors, where appropriate, such as agro-biotechnology.
Vera Florida Mugittu

Vera Florida Mugittu
Livestock development, Rural Development, Food Security, Innovation, Science and technology for development, innovation systems, International Development, Smallholder farming, Sub-Saharan Africa

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 students from a range of backgrounds - from within the natural and social sciences - and would welcome students interested in any of the areas mentioned above. If you have an idea that builds on any of these interests then feel free to get in touch.
Eugenia Rodrigues

Eugenia Rodrigues
Environment, monitoring, surveillance, new technologies, new social media, 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
Deborah Scott

Deborah Scott
Governance of emerging science and technology;, Science and technology studies, synthetic biology, Science policy, knowledge politics, international law

Antti Silvast

Antti Silvast
Energy & Infrastructure, Climate change and energy policy, European Union, Risk and vulnerability, Social Studies of Finance, Everyday Life, Sociological Theory

I am interested in co-supervising topics broadly related to energy, infrastructure, and Science and Technology Studies. Example project ideas linked to my ongoing research include vulnerabilities and risks in energy infrastructure, social studies of energy markets, ethnographies of energy systems, studies of 'smart' grids and meters, energy organisation studies, and new openings in socio-technical transitions.
Graham Spinardi

Graham Spinardi

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 PhDs in: Development, use and regulation of Information and Communication technologies Innovation in ICTs and Telecoms, e-science, Digital research, Online Community, E-inclusion, Social policy in the Digital World, ICT in Social care, Digital Serious Games, The Future of Work in the Information Society, Smart Cities, ICTs and Development Digital Markets Crowdsourcing Crowdfunding Neurocontrol of IT Digital infrastructures Digital Evidence
Steve Sturdy

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

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 development of medical concepts of eating disorders, the nature of dendroclimatological knowledge, and the impact of neuroscience on youth justice policy and practice.
Erika Szymanski

Erika Szymanski
Synthetic biology, yeast, science communication, rhetoric, wine, Interdisciplinary collaboration

Niki Vermeulen

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

I would be happy to supervise students with an interest in science policy; scientific collaboration; institutionalisation of research (e.g. Institute of Advanced Studies); transformations in the life sciences (e.g. taxonomy, ecology, systems biology, biomedicine).
Faye Wade

Faye Wade
Climate change and energy policy, Heat, Domestic energy, Building professionals, Technology and society

I am interested in supervising PhDs on the topics of energy and society; building/ construction professionals;  energy in the built environment; ethnography; qualitative research.
Andrew Watkins

Andrew Watkins
Science, technology and development, National innovation systems, Global Health Policy, Regional development, Entrepreneurship and regional development, Regulation and innovation, Inclusive innovation, Institutional capacity building, Entrepreneurial finance, Intermediaries and knowledge exchange

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
Sociology of energy innovation, expertise and interdisciplinarity, sociotechnical system change, energy policy and politics, research-policy exchange, energy organisations and institutions, innovation systems

I am interested in supervising PhD applicants on topics related to energy innovation and system change, energy policy and energy expertise and organisations, especially from a STIS (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) analytical perspective.
Mark T. O. Wong

Mark T. O. Wong
Big data, Social network analysis, Digital Sociology, Data Science, History of science and technology, Social Data Science, social media, bioinformatics, Social Policy, API, digital age, Bibliometric, Digital Social Research

Steven Yearley

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

Steve welcomes applications in all areas of science and technology studies, in environmental social science, and in social aspects of genomics and the 'new biology'. At the moment he has PhD students working or just completed on a variety of topics including environmental modelling, conservation controversies, sustainable schools, nuclear power and the 'risk society' in China, and environmental justice. He is 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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