We have an international reputation for research within the fields of science and technology studies (STS), health and medicine and social care.

We attract considerable external funding for pioneering sociological and interdisciplinary studies into regenerative medicine, stem cell science, end of life care, addiction, gender and health, healthcare practices, anti-microbial resistance and architecture for health and social care.

Our cluster boasts one of the biggest cohorts of STS scholars in the UK and we are host to the world-leading Science and Technology Studies Unit


  • Dr Sian Beynon-Jones
  • Reproductive and new life science technologies, human/non-human boundaries, the healthcare profession, feminist theory.
  • Dr Lyn Brierley-Jones
  • Sociology of knowledge, homeopathy, history of medicine, langues and communication, stigma and stillbirth.
  • Professor Nik Brown
  • Sociology of health, regulation of bioscience, classical/contemporary social theory.
  • Professor Sarah Nettleton
  • Health, illness and medicine, the sociology of the medical profession, experiences of illness, food, allergies and running, the body and embodiment.
  • Dr Darren Reed
  • Human-computer interaction, health & intelligent communication systems, social informatics, performativity & identity.
  • Dr Amanda Rees
  • Social theory, the human/animal relation, sociology of science, popular understandings of science, history of primatology.
  • Dr Frances Thirlway
  • Class, health and culture, tobacco smoking, cessation and e-cigarettes, cannabis and cannabidiol, post-industrial and mining communities.
  • Dr Merran Toerien
  • Conversation analysis, doctor-patient interaction, patient ‘choice’, shared decision-making.
  • Dr Richard Tutton
  • Visions of multiplanetary futures, tensions of sociotechnical advancement, progress and anticipations of decline and collapse of societies.

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