Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Tom Clarke

Quantification in a Laboratory Setting

I’m a provisional PhD student, and am studying on a joint ESRC/BBSRC scholarship in the School of Sociology and Social Policy and am researching issues surrounding the use and function of quantification in a bioscientific setting.  My fieldwork will involve conducting a laboratory ethnography with a team of scientists, and as such I have one supervisor who is based in the Faculty of Biological Science at Leeds in addition to my main supervisor in SSP. My interests include ethnographic studies of science, mixed-methods research, quantification as considered from a philosophical, historical, and sociological standpoint, as well as broader debates within Science and Technology Studies.


I’m new to sociology, having previously studied BSc. Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor and MSc. Social Research Methods & Statistics at CCSR at the University of Manchester.  Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a Data Analyst for a market research company. 

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