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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.) PGD in Practice: your essential guide to PGD. Amsterdam : Springer. , PGD in Practice: your essential guide to PGD. pp. 165 - 173. ISBN 13: 9781447129486.

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. ISSN: 0141-9889 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, 31 (4). pp. 408 - 423. ISSN: 1463-6778 Open Access Link

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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