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Health and Biomedical Research

Strand leader: Ginny Russell, Hannah Farrimond & Sam Wilkinson

Researchers in the Health and Biomedical Research strand have a wide range of interests relating primarily to the critical study of health and biomedical research.

Projects within this cluster make use of theoretical, philosophical and social scientific techniques to cast a critical lens on the current state of research in health (including mental health) and biomedicine. Much of this research is closely linked to policy, practice and the critical research in this cluster aims for just and equitable health outcomes in society.

Among the topics we explore include: the ways in which diagnostic categories, labels and practices have an impact on society; how institutional structures that may silence and distort the testimony service-users lead to various forms of epistemic injustice; the sub-optimal ways of conceptualising certain conditions, the way health knowledge is conceptualised and transmitted and remedial research via conceptual engineering.

The Health and Biomedical Research strand meets regularly via a reading group, scheduled here. Our research is primarily sociological, but also encompasses social psychology, science and technology studies, and human development – we embrace and explore interdisciplinarity.

Regulating Umbilical Cord Blood Biobanking in Europe

Christine Hauskeller
European Commission (H2020)
2015 - 2017

Exploring Diagnosis: Autism and the Neurodiversity Movement

Ginny Russell
Wellcome Trust
2015 - 2020

Gender stereotypes in ADHD diagnosis

Ginny Russell
Wellcome Trust
2015 - 2015

One Day Symposium: Bridging the gap between the Sociologies of Diagnosis and Intervention

Susan Kelly
Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness
2012 - 2012

Prediabetes family study

Hannah Farrimond
Richard Benjamin Trust
2011 - 2012

Understandings of Type 2 Diabetes in 'at risk' families

Hannah Farrimond
Richard Benjamin Trust
2010 - 2012