about us

We are group of researchers, all based at Lancaster University UK, who work across fields such as Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Technoscience Studies, Media and Cultural Studies, and Science, Technology and Medicine Studies.

Celia Roberts

Celia’s work centres on the body, health, reproduction, sexuality and aging. Her latest book Puberty in Crisis: The Sociology of Early Sexual Development (Cambridge University Press, 2015) focuses on early onset puberty and it brings together feminist science studies, feminist theories of the body, sexuality and girlhood studies to explore the current global ‘crisis’ in sexual development. She has also written about sex hormones (Messengers of Sex: Hormones, biomedicine and feminism, Cambridge University Press 2007), and the so-called ‘designer baby technique’ (preimplantation genetic diagnosis) (Born and Made: an ethnography of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, co-author with Sarah Franklin, Princeton University Press, 2006). Celia has published widely on the topics of gender, feminism, sexuality, IVF and hormone replacement therapy, and aging and technology.

Twitter: @CeliaMRoberts

Adrian Mackenzie

Adrian’s work focuses on the overlaps and entanglements associated with network and computational media, with sciences as forms of practice and thought, and with social production of value. A lot of his current work also focuses on the invention of data-related methods. His new book Machine Learners: Archaeology of a Data Practice (MIT 2017) focuses on machine learning and the practice of critical thinking. He has also written about time and technologies (Tranductions, Continuum 2002), software and sociality (Cutting Code, Peter Lang, 2006) and wirelessness as a form of contemporary experience (Wirelessness: Radical Empiricism in Network Cultures, MIT press, 2011). Adrian has published widely on the topics of the lives of data, code and programming, genomics and synthetic biology.

Maggie Mort

Maggie’s work focuses on studies of clinical practice, telecare and domestic space, governance and the ethics of new care technologies, evidence in action studies, ethnographies of technoscience disasters and recovery studies. She has written about the UK’s Trident submarine and missile system as a sociotechnical system (Building the Trident Network, MIT Press 2002) and has published widely on telemedicine and telepatients, aging and technology, information technologies and technologies of recovery.

Joann Wilkinson

Joann’s work looks at how women and couples monitor ovulation in order to help them conceive. She is examining a number of technologies used for ovulation monitoring and is focusing on on how such devices alongside the practices of collecting and understanding ovulation data shape the reproductive body.

Mette Kragh-Furbo

Mette’s work focuses on genetic data practices within consumer genomics, where she discusses and explores the sociality of genetic data and what happens when genetic data moves from the clinic and academic laboratories into commercial and online environments.



We have received funding from Intel Labs and its ‘Biosensors in Everyday Life Programme’ led by Dr Dawn Nafus.



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