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After completing a PhD in the Science Studies Unit (University of Edinburgh) in 2003, Sarah Parry joined Innogen/RCSS as a lecturer in Sociology. Her doctoral research focused on the UK public debates about stem cell research (SCR) and is underpinned by an academic background in sociology, cultural studies and science and technology studies.
As part of previous and current work, she is interested in:
• The construction and negotiation of knowledge and expertise.
• Classifications and understandings of nature.
• Reproductive technologies/reproductive genetics.
• The promises and limitations of public engagement in wider governance processes.
• 'Public Sociology' and the role of social science and critique in society.
• Issue framing (as technical, social, ethical, political etc.) in decision-making processes relating to science, technology and medicine.
Parry, S, Faulkner, W., Cunningham-Burley, S, Marks, N. J. (2012) ‘Heterogeneous Agendas Around Public Engagement in Stem Cell Research: The Case for Maintaining Plasticity’, Science and Technology Studies 25 (2) 61‑80
Haddow, G, Cunningham-Burley, S, Bruce, A, Parry, S (2008) ‘Generation Scotland: consulting publics and specialists at an early stage in a genetic database's development’, Critical Public Health 18 (2) 139‑149
Parry, S (2005) ‘(Re)Constructing embryos in stem cell research: Exploring the meaning of embryos for fertility patients’, Talking Biotechnology ... Reflecting on Science in Society, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2005
Parry, S, Cunningham-Burley, S (2005) ‘Trust brokers and confidence builders? The ambivalent role of the sociologist in the public engagement of science’, Talking Biotechnology ... Reflecting on science in society, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2005
Parry, S (2004) ‘Public views of stem cell research in the UK’, Constructive Interventions: Crossing boundaries between STS and Science Policy, Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC), The Netherlands, September 2004