My research interests fall at the intersection between medical sociology, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and bioethics, focusing on the sociological and ethical aspects of biomedicine. In particular, the meanings and uses of biomedical technologies in different realms of social life, especially uses at the therapy-enhancement boundary for purposes of not only repair and normalisation, but also optimisation and enhancement.
I am working in the Centre for Reproduction Research as a research fellow on the ESRC funded project “Egg-donation in the UK, Belgium and Spain: An interdisciplinary study”. The overall aim of this study is to explore the social, political, economic and moral configuration of egg donation across the three countries. The study is largely qualitative and uses multiple methods of data collection, organised across five phases, including documentary analysis, policy mapping and interviews with key stakeholders and egg providers. As well as developing theories about the provision and commercialisation of human tissue, the findings will be used to directly inform policy and practice in the UK and Europe. Beneficiaries include policy makers, infertility clinicians, egg providers and related advocacy organisations.
My previous research has taken an interdisciplinary focus and looked the moral meanings of medicines in everyday life, the sociology of human enhancement, the medicalization and pharmaceuticalisation of sleep, the domestication of digital self-tracking technologies in health practices, the ethics of using novel experimental biological therapies in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries in the world of elite sport and the commodification and commercialization of biological material in the emerging bioeconomy.