Associate Members

Dr Catherine Coveney, Lecturer in Sociology in the Social and Policy Studies Unit, School of
Social Sciences, Loughborough University


Dr Catherine Coveney is a Lecturer in Sociology in the Social and Policy Studies Unit, School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.


Her 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.


At the Centre for Reproduction Research, she continues to work 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.


Her 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.


Dr Nolwenn Bühler,

Senior Research Fellow,

Sciences-society Interface,

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr Nolwenn Buhler is a Senior Research Fellow at Sciences-Society Interface at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. 


Her research interests are in medical anthropology and science and technology studies, with a special focus on reproduction. In her PhD research she dealt with the production of knowledge on reproductive ageing and the role assisted reproductive technologies played in it. She also explored the ontological and political effects of the medically assisted extension of fertility. Her current and new research explores the development of “personalized” medicine and health in Switzerland.


Her academic journey led her to several places. Initially trained as a nurse, she studied Ethnology at the University of Neuchâtel, then started her PhD research at the Social and Cultural Anthropology Department of the University of Zurich, that she continued at the Gender and Women’s Studies Dept. of the University of California, Berkley. Back in Europe she worked for a year (2015-2016) as a research fellow in the Centre for  Reproduction Research of De Montfort University before returning to Switzerland. 

Dr Manjiri Khare, University Hospials Leicester, Leicester

Dr Manjiri Khare is Consultant in Maternal-Foetal Medicine at University Hospitals, Leicester NHS Trust and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester.


She is also a Training Programme Director for University Hospitals, Leicester subspecialty programme in maternal foetal medicine and a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Ultrasound Officer.  She has special interest in clinical research around foetal abnormalities and outcomes, multiple pregnancies, medical problems in pregnancy, assisted conception and outcomes, and drugs in pregnancy and breastfeeding. 


Her work has contributed to substantive text books in her field and has had a real impact on the care delivered to patients in the Foetal Medicine Service, improving services and further enhancing the reputation of University Hospital, Leicester’s Foetal Medicine services across Leicestershire, the East Midlands and the UK.


Professor Joanna Latimer,

Science & Technology Studies Unit,

University of York, York

Joanna Latimer is a professor of Sociology, Science & Technology in the Science & Technology Studies Unit, University of York.


Her research focuses on the cultural, social and existential effects and affects of how science and medicine are done.  She works ethnographically, from the bedside, inside the clinic, across to the laboratory and the home, and back again. Subjects include the new genetics, reproduction, development and ageing.  Her work examines everyday processes of inclusion and exclusion, and tracks how people, technologies and other non-humans are assembled and made to mean. She is especially interested in the worlds people make together and the biopolitics they are entangled in and circulate. 


Joanna has published many articles and books, including The Conduct of Care, shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abram’s Memorial Prize, and The Gene, The Clinic and The Family: Diagnosing Dysmorphology, Reviving Medical Dominance, winner of the 2014 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness annual book prize. Her current writing projects include Intimate Entanglements, for the Sociological Review Monograph Series, and Biopolitics and the Limits to Life: Ageing, Biology and Society in the 21st Century, for Routledge. Joanna is also editor of The Sociology of Health & Illness.

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