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).
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.
I supervise students working on the following subjects.
- Science & Technology
‘Identity, community and care in online accounts of hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome’, New Genetics and Society, 37.2 (2018), 117-136,
DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2018.1469974, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/132321/
‘The limits of responsible innovation: Exploring care, vulnerability and precision medicine’, Technology in Society, 52 (2018), 24-31,
DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.03.004, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/114004/
‘Embodied innovation and regulation of medical technoscience: Transformations in cancer patienthood’, Law, Innovation and Technology, 7.2 (2015), 187-205,
DOI: 10.1080/17579961.2015.1106103, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/97687/
‘Body work in assisted conception; Exploring private and public settings’, Sociology of Health and Illness, 35 (2013), 465-478,
‘Interdisciplinarity and the social sciences: capital, institutions and autonomy’, British Journal of Sociology, 62.4 (2011), 657-676,
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2011.01385.x, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/43374/
‘Let’s Get Organised: practicing and valuing scientific work inside and outside the laboratory’, Sociological Research Online, 15.2 (2010),
‘A Problem Shared …? Teamwork, Autonomy and Error in Assisted Conception’, Social Science and Medicine, 69 (2009), 1741-1749,
‘Testing for Food Intolerance: New Markets in the Age of Biocapital’, Biosocieties, 4 (2009), 3-24,
‘Assisted conception and the audit culture’, Human Fertility (Cambridge), 11.1 (2008), 9-16,