Professor Andrew Webster (1951-2021)

29 September 2021

We have learned with the greatest sadness of the passing of Andrew Webster, Professor in sociology at the University of York.

Andrew played a key role in establishing the UK Association for Studies of Innovation, Science and Technology (AsSIST-UK) and was Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) at York, which he established originally at Anglia Ruskin University in 1988. Andrew was an Innogen Associate and Chair of the Advisory Board of the ESRC Innogen Centre from 2002-2014.

He collaborated with Innogen colleagues on the ESRC-funded REGenableMED project (2014-2017) that used a mixed-methods social science approach to examine the interplay between business models, measures of clinical utility, patterns of regulatory oversight and clinical workflows within the field of regenerative medicine. The results of this work were drawn on by the 2017 House of Commons Science and technology Select Committee’s Inquiry into regenerative medicine, and helped inform strategies aimed at facilitating the responsible development of effective and useful regenerative medicine products and services.

Andrew ‘retired’ in 2017 becoming Emeritus Professor and continued supporting the scholarly community, especially junior colleagues. Innogen would like to express its deepest sympathies to his family and all his many friends and colleagues.

The passing of Professor Andrew Webster is very sad news for the Innogen Institute and the wider community of science, technology and innovation scholars in the UK and beyond. Andrew has been a long friend of the Institute and will be deeply missed.” says Theo Papaioannou, Director of Innogen & Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development at The Open University.

“Andrew was especially kind, very accommodating of young researchers and patiently shared his wisdom with such a humane touch.” says Geoff Banda, Deputy Director of Innogen and Lecturer in Global Food Security and Innovation at The University of Edinburgh.