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Former Innogen Co-Investigator
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Sarah is Professor of Medical and Family Sociology, at the Centre for Population Health Sciences in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh.
She is Co-Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and co-ordinator of postgraduate teaching on Qualitative Methods and the Sociology of Health and Illness.
My research interests span medical and family sociology and include the social aspects of genetics and stem cell research, as well as research on families, health and illness across the lifecourse.
My particular focus is on lay perspectives, understandings and experience, as well as on lay/professional relationships particularly in relation to public involvement and engagement in science and medicine. Some of this work is linked to my role as Co-investigator at Innogen.
Much of my work has used and developed qualitative methods within the interpretivist tradition; it contributes to sociological knowledge in addition to being directly relevant to and disseminated amongst a range of practitioners and policy makers.
Haddow, G, Cunningham-Burley, S (2012) ‘Tokens of Trust or Token Trust? Public consultation and ‘Generation Scotland’’ in Julie Brownlie, Alexandra Greene, Alexandra Howson (eds), ‘Researching Trust and Health’, Routledge
Tutton, R, Kerr, A, Cunningham-Burley, S (2004) ‘Myriad Stories: Constructing Expertise and Citizenship in Discussions of the New Genetics’ in Leach, M; Scoones, I; Wynne, B (eds), ‘Science and Citizens: Globalization and the Challenge of Engagement’, Zed Press
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
Haddow, G, Laurie, G, Cunningham-Burley, S, Hunter, KG (2007) ‘Tackling community concerns about commercialisation and genetic research: A modest interdisciplinary proposal’, Social Science and Medicine 64 (2) 272‑282
Cunningham-Burley, S, Kerr, A (1999) ‘Defining the 'social': towards an understanding of scientific and medical discourses on the social aspects of the new human genetics’, Sociology of Health & Illness 21 (5) 647‑668
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
Cunningham-Burley, S (2004) ‘Public Understanding and Public Trust’, Genomics, Genetics and Society: Bridging the interdisciplinary divides, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Toronto, April 2004