Dr Robert Meckin

Presidential Fellow (Academic)

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Overview

Science and technologies impact our lives every day. I study how different ‘technosciences’ emerge and to answer questions about how science is shaped in material, organisational and rhetorical ways. Along with contemporary shifts in science and engineering research I am interested in interdisciplinary research, both working with other disciplines and studying how others accomplish collaboration and innovation. This had led me to my current focus on methodological developments and research infrastructures in both natural and social sciences. I am involved in scoping out research training needs for UK social science. 

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 currently a Presidential Fellow in Sociology. 

External positions

Finance officer, Postgraduate forum for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (PFSTIS)

1 Oct 2018 → …

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

1 Jul 20151 Oct 2018

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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