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• 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 was 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.
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. Other research interests relate to science policy, innovation, regulation and the evaluation of new health technologies
I Chaired a European COST Action on ‘Bio-objects’ and their governance with members from 23 countries. I am PI on the REGenableMed project and Co-I on the 'Biomodifying technologies project', both ESRC-funded. I am also Co-Chair (with Robin Williams, University of Edinburgh) of AsSIST-UK - see www.assist-uk.com
Current work is focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine having completed as co-ordinator an EC-funded project (REMEDiE), and now in the process of completing (in summer 2017) the REGenableMED project. I am also a partner in the Navigating Knowledge Landscapes international network, and attached to a major 7-year project on responsible health innovation led by Pascale Lehoux in Montreal.
In addition I am working with SATSU PhD Ruchi Higham supervising her project on clinical trials in the regenerative medicine field.
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.