Andrew Webster

Profile

Biography

• D.Phil (York)

• BSc (Polytechnic of the South Bank)

Professor Andrew Webster has been Professor in the Sociology of Science and Technology at York since 1999. He is also the Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit at York which he established originally at Anglia Ruskin University in 1988. He has held a visiting fellowships at ANU, Sydney and Gothenburg universities.

He was Head of the Department of Sociology at York between 2004-9 and then Dean of Social Sciences and member of the University's Senior Management Group until 2013.He has directed national research programmes for the ESRC and MRC in the fields of emerging health technologies and stem cells, and held major grants from UK research councils and the European Commission.

He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Science in 2007.

Andrew serves on a number of editorial and scientific advisory boards as well as national policy committees including the UK Stem Cell Bank Steering Committee, the Regenerative Medicine Expert Group Sub-committee, and the Scientific Advisory Committee, Pharmacy Research UK, as well as member of various UK and international academic bodies including, the BSA, EASST, and the Dutch WTMC's International Scientific Board.

University roles

Director, Science and Technology Studies Unit

• Chair of ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Research

Overview

My main research interests relate to the sociology of science and technology, and in particular the development and implications of emergent technologies in the biosciences and biomedicine, including regenerative medicine, stem cells and pharmacogenetics.

I Chair a European COST Action on ‘Bio-objects’ and their governance with members from 23 countries. Other research interests relate to science policy, innovation, regulation and the evaluation of new health technologies.

Projects

Current work is focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine having recently completed as co-ordinator an EC-funded project (REMEDiE) that examines the global developments in the field and the implications this has for European society and culture.

In addition I am working with SATSU postdoc Kim Jamie to develop new work on the place of pharmacy in contemporary medical and healthcare systems.

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Publications

Selected publications

 

  • Tamminen, S., Vermeulen, N. and A. Webster (eds.) (2012) Bio-Objects: Life in the 21st Century, London: Ashgate.
    http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409411789
  • Webster, A. (ed.) (2013) The Global Dynamics of Regenerative Medicine: A Social Science Critique (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Webster, A. (2013) ‘The Boundaries and Mobilities of Regenerative Medicine’, in Webster A. (ed.) ibid.
  • Tamminen, S., Vermeulen, N. and A. Webster (eds.) (2012) Bio-Objects: Life in the 21st Century, London: Ashgate.
  • Cox, H. and A. Webster (2012) Translating Biomedical Science into Clinical practice: Molecular Diagnostics and the Determination of Malignancy, Health 17:4. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459312460701
  • Webster, A., Haddad, C. and C. Waldby (2011) Experimental heterogeneity and standardisation: Stem cell products and the clinical trial process, Biosocieties, 6:4 401-19 Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/biosoc.2011.17
  • Webster, A. Douglas, C. and Sato, H., (2010) ‘Emergence of Asbestos-related Health Issues and the Development of Regulatory Policy in the UK’, in H. Sato (ed) Management of Health Risks from Environment and Food, London: Springer, pp 63-100.
  • Webster, A. Douglas, C. and Sato, H. (2010) ‘BSE in the United Kingdom’ in H. Sato (ed.) Management of Health Risks from Environment and Food, London: Springer, pp 221-267.
  • Webster, A. (2010) Law, Ethics, Religion, and Clinical Translation in the 21st Century— A Discussion with Andrew Webster, Stem Cells 28: 1915–1917
  • Webster, A. and L. Eriksson (2008) Governance-by-standards in the field of stem cells: managing uncertainty in the world of ‘basic innovation’, New Genetics and Society, vol 27.
  • Eriksson, L. and A. Webster (2008) Standardising the Unknown: practicable pluripotency as doable futures, Science as Culture, vol 17:1.
  • Webster, A. (2007) Health Technology and Society: A Sociological Critique (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Webster. A. (2007) Crossing Boundaries: STS in the Policy Room, Science, Technology & Human Values, 32: 458-478.
  • A. Webster (2006) New Technologies in Health Care: Opening the Black Bag, in New Technologies in Health Care; Challenge, Change and Innovation, (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan).
  • A. Webster (ed) (2006) New Technologies in Health Care; Challenge, Change and Innovation (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • N, Brown and A. Webster, (2004) New Medical Technologies and Society: Reordering Life (Cambridge: Polity Press).
  • A. Webster et al. (2004) Integrating Pharmacogenetics into Society: In Search of a Model, Nature Reviews: Genetics vol 5, 663-69.
  • A. Webster (2005) Social science and a post-genomic future: alternative readings of genomic agency, New Genetics and Society, vol 24, no 2, pp 227-239.

Prof Andrew Webster

Contact details

Prof. Andrew Webster
Department of Sociology
University of York
Wentworth College
W/231c
Heslington
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 324740