Dr Robert Meckin

Presidential Fellow (Academic)

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Overview

I am interested in the interrelations of sciences and technologies with other domains in society. My work has focused on the novel field of synthetic biology to explore how science is shaped in political, organisational, pedagogical and material ways. I am also interested in how nonscientists make sense of knowledge and innovations as these intersect with people’s everyday lives and practices. I often draw on theories from Science and Technology Studies (STS) literatures as well as wider sociological writing. Discovering and reading critical analyses of science, technology and innovation constantly refreshes and inspires me.

Biography

I originally trained as a biomedical scientist at the University of Sheffield and was interested in drugs used to treat conditions such as schizophrenia. I worked for two years researching the biochemical side effects of antipsychotics before deciding to try other things. I spent time as a confectioner, in hospitality and the marketing profession, before retraining as a teacher of science and, while looking for funding for an Ed.D., stumbled upon the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in 2012. I completed my Ph.D. (University of Sheffield) four years later and moved to the University of Manchester where I am challenged and inspired by ideas from both scholars and students every day. 

External positions

Convenor, Postgraduate Forum for Science, Technology & Innovation Studies (PFSTIS)

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology - Science and Technology Studies , Synthetic Biology, Biotechnology practices, Everyday practice, Collaboration , Translation , Interdisciplinarity

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Keywords

  • Science and Technology Studies , Creative and sensory methods, Interdisciplinarity, Collaboration, Synthetic biology

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, Making Research Translatable: Articulating and Shaping Synthetic Biology in the UK, The University of Sheffield (2012 - 2016)

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