Andy is a sociologist of science who has spent most of his career studying the development and organisation of the contemporary life sciences. He has written on post-Human Genome Project growth of ‘big science’ in biology, the position of bioinformatics in contemporary research, and the role of norms and sentiment in scientific work. This work has been published in journals such as Social Studies of Science, New Genetics and Society such as Minerva.
In 2019, with Michael Arribas-Ayllon and Jamie Lewis he published Psychiatric Genetics: from hereditary madness to big biology (Routledge).
Prior to joining Health Sciences, he worked at York with Professor Andrew Webster, looking at the development and governance of gene editing.
Since working on ‘fringe physics’ with Harry Collins at Cardiff, Andy also has an interest in ‘boundary work’ in science and the social processes by which knowledge claims are rendered legitimate (or illegitimate).