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Professor Steven Wainwright

Professor Steven Wainwright
Deputy Director

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I am a qualitative (medical) sociologist with an unusual background in the social, earth and biomedical sciences and in the world outside academia. I worked in intensive care (Charing Cross Hospital, London) and taught intensive care nursing (Royal Free Hospital, London) before joining King’s College London in 1995, where I held posts as Lecturer, Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer and Professor. I worked outside academia for around 15 years between my BSc and my first post as a University Lecturer. For instance, between my Geography degree and my Nurse training, I spent two years with the electrical retailer Dixons PLC as a Graduate Management Trainee and Assistant Branch Manager. I joined Brunel University London in 2011 as Professor of Sociology of Science, Health & Culture, and I was previously Professor of Sociology of Medicine, Science & the Arts at King’s College London.


  • BSc Physical Geography (Hull)
  • MSc Nursing Research (Kings College London)
  • PhD Sociology (Kings College London)

Newest selected publications

Williams, C. and Wainwright, SP. (2013) 'Ethical and Social Aspects of PGD', in El-Touky, T. (ed.) Amsterdam : Springer. , PGD in Practice: your essential guide to PGD.

Book chapter

Brosnan, C., Cribb, A., Wainwright, SP. and Williams, C. (2013) 'Neuroscientists' everyday experiences of 'ethics': The interplay of regulatory, professional, personal and tangible ethical spheres'. Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology, 35 (8). pp. 1133 - 1148.Open Access Link

Journal article

Wainwright, SP. (2012) 'Science studies in physical geography: An idea whose time has come?'. Progress in Physical Geography, 36 (6). pp. 786 - 812. ISSN: 0309-1333

Journal article

Porter, J., Williams, C., Wainwright, SP. and Cribb, A. (2012) 'On being a (modern) scientist: Potential risks of engaging the public in the UK interspecies embryo debate'. New Genetics and Society.

Journal article

Wainwright, SP. (2011) 'Is sociology warming to climate change?'. Sociology, 45 (1). pp. 173 - 177. ISSN: 0038-0385

Journal article
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