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Professor Steve Sturdy

Head of STIS, Professor of the Sociology of Medical Knowledge

+44 (0)131 651 4741

Science Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS)
School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
G.39 Old Surgeons’ Hall
High School Yards
Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Research Interests

Professor Sturdy is interested in the growth of scientific medicine from the late nineteenth century to the present. In particular, he uses insights from the sociology of scientific knowledge to examine how developments in medical science have informed and been informed by wider changes in medical practice and medical policy.

He currently holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award in Medical Humanities for a research project entitled Making Genomic Medicine. This project aims to disentangle the scientific, technological, social and political processes that have led, over the past forty years or so, to the current ferment of activity around medical genomics and so-called genomic medicine.

Previous historical research has focused on the development of physiological holism, the making of early twentieth-century British health policy, medical science in the First World War, and the constitution of medical cases as objects of scientific knowledge. Professor Sturdy also contributed, with Richard Freeman and Jennifer Smith-Merry, to the Europe-wide Know&Pol project, which looked at the role of different kinds of knowledge in mental health policy in Scotland and Europe.

Current research