Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Professor Anne Kerr

Professor of Sociology

I work in the fields of Science and Technology Studies and Sociology, with a special focus upon gender, genetics and biomedicine. I am Director of the Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice. I was previously Pro Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (2008-2011) and Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy (2014-2017).

Research Interests

I currently hold a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award in Society and Ethics (2015-2020), jointly with Sarah Cunningham-Burley (Edinburgh) where we are researching how patienthood is changing in the post-genomics era, focusing in particular upon cancer.

I have researched and written widely on the social and ethical aspects of science and technology, especially with respect to issues of public understanding and engagement with genetics and professional discourses of responsibility and choice. I have ongoing research and writing projects on responsible innovation, affect, emotions, work and care in bioscience and medicine.


I contribute to undergraduate and MA teaching on gender, health and illness. I have taught a range of courses on science, medicine and ethics as well as research methodology with a particular focus on qualitative methods and research impact.

PhD Supervision

I supervise students working on the following subjects.

  • Gender
  • Reproduction
  • Science & Technology
  • Medicine

Key Publications

Journal articles

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