CSS Board

The Centre for Science Studies is led by a board based at Lancaster University (see also CSS Governance).


Joe DevilleJoe Deville
… is Director of the Centre for Science Studies and senior lecturer based jointly in the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology and the Department of Sociology. His research interests include: the everyday, embodied life of debt, credit and finance; informational mobility, methods of algorithmic prediction, digital marketing practices; open access and the politics of academic knowledge production; disaster preparedness and the production/materialisation of risk; science and technology studies, speculative sociology, non-representational theory; and digital methods. Further details about Joe.


Dawn Goodwin
… is Deputy Director of the Centre for Science Studies and senior lecturer in the Lancaster Medical School. She works on cultures of health care and issues of learning, knowledge and practice, with a focus on decision making and accountability, patient safety, the construction of evidence and expertise, diagnostic work and embodied knowledge. She also explores collaborative work in critical care, and human-machine relations. Further details about Dawn.


Lisa Ashmore
… is senior lecturer in Social Sciences at Lancaster Medical School. Her research focuses on technologically mediated practices and draws on STS, Organisation Studies and Feminist Technoscience. She is interested in how practitioners generate knowledge, looking at how practices ‘on the move’ feed into interests in knowledge production, accountability, responsibility and autonomy in practice. Further details about Lisa.


Mette Kragh-Furbo
… is a Research Associate in the Medical School and Department of Sociology, where she researches women’s experiences of radiotherapy treatment for gynaecological cancer. She is interested in techno-scientific practices, especially in the context of health and medicine, where her research explores the social life of data and the ways in which our movements through data and data milieus shape how we live with health and illness and how we come to know the body and the biological. Further details about Mette.


Nils Markusson
… is lecturer in Lancaster Environment Centre, and works on the politics of environmental technology. He is a social scientist, with a background in engineering, innovation policy, innovation studies (STS), and political economy. Much of his work is done in multi- and interdisciplinary collaborations, spanning social science, natural science, engineering and the humanities. Further details about Nils.


Maggie Mort
… is Professor Emerita in Sociology. She focuses on technological change in healthcare including telemedicine and telecare, and what counts as innovation in health science and technology using ethnographic and participative methodologies to explore how policy can be influenced by the experience of those it affects, most recently in relation to disaster and emergency management. Further details about Maggie.


Vicky Singleton
… is Professor in Sociology and Women’s Studies and a former Director of the Centre for Science Studies. She uses STS to work on care in and for policy. She focuses on how health care practices produce particular subjects and objects, distribute rights and resources in intimate everyday social-material practices, and how health care policy might be enacted in ways that are care-full and appreciative of practices and contexts. Further details about Vicky.


Lucy Suchman
… is Professor Emerita in Sociology. She works in feminist STS on technological imaginaries and material practices of technology design, and the interface of bodies and machines. Her current research extends her work on HCI to contemporary warfighting, explores whose bodies are incorporated into these systems, how this is done, and the consequences for social justice and the possibility of a less violent world. Further details about Lucy.


Theo Vurdubakis
… is Professor of Organisation and Technology in the Lancaster University Management School. He explores the role of technologies in social organisation and is currently working on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project to explore knowledge management and enterprise resource planning systems (ERP). Further details about Theo.


Gordon Walker
… is Professor in the Lancaster Environment Centre. He is a human geographer interested in the relations between technology, environment, justice and practice. He has researched a wide range of cases and concerns – including energy demand, community energy, fuel poverty, thermal risks, zero carbon homes, flooding and air quality – drawing on concepts and literatures from human geography, STS, and normative theory. Further details about Gordon.


Claire Waterton
… is Professor in Culture and Environment in Sociology. She uses STS to understand contemporary environmental issues. She explores ‘environmental problems’ as particular kinds of orderings in on-going natureculture relations in order to open up questions about these relations, explore how they came into being, and the possibility of creating hopeful spaces for re-ordering them. Further details about Claire.


Andy Yuille
is a post-doctoral researcher focusing on the interfaces between different knowledges and motivations in the practical application of policy. He combines an academic approach informed by STS with 15 years’ experience of working with NGOs, policy-makers and community groups to influence environmental policy and practice. His interests include innovative participatory governance arrangements and developing circular economies. Further details about Andy.


CSS Members

The centre is supported by its members. Any Lancaster-based student or member of staff may become a CSS member (see also CSS Governance). Members are also offered the opportunity to be assigned a CSS mentor. The role of a CSS mentor is to provide guidance to colleagues in relation to any challenges associated broadly connected to working and developing as an STS-influenced scholar. To become a member or if you are interested in being assigned a CSS mentor, please email the CSS Director, including a brief description of why the CSS is relevant to your work.


Ross Dalziel
…is an artist and PhD student at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Art and the Biological Life Sciences at Lancaster. His research explores ‘kits’ in maker cultures and forms of interdisciplinary ‘critical making’ and art-science. His work is concerned with critique and strategy around how knowledge is produced and shared collectively. He is based at the makerspace/co-working space DoESLiverpool in Liverpool and co-founder of the art collective Domestic Science who make playful spaces to explore technoscience and the domestic.


Louise Elstow
… is a PhD student in Sociology. Her research deals with radiation contamination in Fukushima and how individuals and groups are measuring, monitoring and mapping radiological contamination after the 2011 nuclear incident at Fukushima Dai-ichi in Japan. She is interested in how this is informed by other linked practices and also more broadly interested in how contamination knowledge is constructed in the response to emergencies and also during the longer recovery period. Further details about Louise.


Abi Lafbery
… is a PhD student in Sociology. Her research focuses upon ‘Decolonising Climate Futures’, specifically considering the role of Indigenous Peoples and practices in addressing the climate crisis. Her research will aim to explore the making and politics of climate knowledge, and more specifically, she hopes to study indigenous knowledge production and associated practices which aim to reduce climate vulnerabilities whilst also allowing indigenous cultures to flourish. Further details about Abi.


CSS Affiliates

The centre has been supported by many colleagues over the years both at Lancaster and elsewhere. CSS Affiliates includes former visitors to the Centre and colleagues who were based at Lancaster but who have now either left the university or retired.


Brian Bloomfield
is Emeritus Professor in the Lancaster University Management School. He works on the sociology of science and technology, power and knowledge in IT, problems of order/disorder and technology, technology, time and narrative and the modernisation of public services. Further details about Brian.


John Law
is Honorary Professor in Sociology. He uses material-semiotic techniques to explore knowledge, method, and power in contexts of coloniality and postcoloniality in two locations: environmental disputes between Sámi indigenous people and Norwegian state authorities; and the character of a possible ‘Chinese-inflected’ STS. Both projects are collaborative. Further details about John.


Lisa Lindén
is a researcher at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg and former visitor at the CSS. Her work is focused on on issues relating to medicine, healthcare, public health, gender and sexuality. Further details about Lisa.


Adrian MacKenzie
is Professor in Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Sociology in Canberra. He works at the intersections of science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, and social and cultural theory to explore the overlaps and entanglements associated with network and computational media, sciences as forms of practice and thought, the social production of value and the invention of data-related methods.


Maureen McNeil
is Emeritus Professor in Sociology at Lancaster University. Much of her research is at the intersection of cultural studies, feminist studies and science/technology studies. With a background in the history of science and in the cultural dimensions of the industrial revolution, Maureen’s academic life has been shaped by her commitments to the politicised inter-disciplines of cultural studies and feminist studies. Further details about Maureen.


is a former lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice in the Department of Sociology and is now based at the University of Amsterdam. He seeks answers to philosophical questions through empirical investigations from a broad Science and Technology Studies perspective. His research interests include the sociology of technology users; critiques of liberalism, capitalism and modernity; as well as the role of (classical) cybernetics in the intellectual trajectory and everyday practices of the human and natural sciences. Further details about Maxigas.


Jess Phoenix
is Head of Floods & Water Research at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). She completed her PhD at Lancaster University exploring the making of the livestock disease bovine Tuberculosis, using Science and Technology Studies to explore a range of stakeholders’ bovine Tuberculosis understandings so as to shape future management of the disease. Jess has broader interests in the creation and communication of evidence between academia and government. Further details about Jess.


Celia Roberts
is Professor of Gender and Science Studies at the Australian National University (ANU) School of Sociology in Canberra. Her research centres on the body, health, reproduction, sexuality and ageing. Her latest book, Puberty in Crisis: a bio-psycho-social account, brings together feminist science studies, feminist theories of the body, sexuality and girlhood studies to explore the current global ‘crisis’ in sexual development.


Richard Tutton
is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York. He works at the intersection of the sociology of health and illness and STS in three areas: on expectations, imaginaries and futures in contemporary biomedicine and biotechnology; on changing subjectivities and identity categories in innovative biomedicine and technologies and everyday healthcare; and on interplanetary visions and futures in the possible human settlement of Mars.


Brian Wynne
is Emeritus Professor in Sociology at Lancaster University. His work has covered technology and risk assessment, public risk perceptions, and public understanding of science, focusing on the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision-making. Before his retirement Brian Wynne was a Professor of Science Studies at CSEC and at the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen). Further details about Brian.

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