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Dr Richard Tutton

Dr Richard Tutton

Senior Lecturer

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 593044

Affiliations

Centre for Science Studies

PhD Supervision Interests

I have supervised doctoral research in areas ranging from health and citizenship, biobanking and human tissue collections, enhancement and biomedicalization, and identity-formation in the context of genetic knowledge.

I currently supervise three students:
Lee Wan-Ju who is researching the Taiwanese biobank with reference to the political economy of the life sciences (with Brian Wynne, Department of Sociology)
Anna Portman who is investigating the scientific and social dynamics of the bicentennial celebrations of Charles Darwin's birth in 2009 (with Bronislaw Szerszynski, Department of Sociology)
Tania Pastrana who is conducting an ethnography of a palliative care unit (with Dawn Goodwin, Division of Medicine).

I would welcome opportunities to supervise future doctoral students interested in working from a science studies or sociological perspective on biomedicine or health sciences, practices and technologies.

Additional Information

Background

My academic training was in literary and cultural studies, before my interest turned to studying the social implications of human genetics research in the late 1990s. I completed a PhD with Sarah Franklin and Maureen McNeil in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University in 2002, and then took up a post-doc post in SATSU (Science and Technology Studies Unit) at University of York working with Anne Kerr and Sarah Cunningham-Burley on an ESRC funded project called Transformations in Genetic Subjecthood. When this research finished, I moved to the Institute for Science and Society (ISS) at the University of Nottingham and collaborated with Paul Martin (at ISS), Richard Ashcroft (Queen Mary's), George Ellison (St George's London), and Andrew Smart (Bath Spa) on the 'Race/ethnicity and Genetics in Science and Health' Project, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust's Biomedical Ethics Programme.

In September 2007, I joined ESRC Cesagen (Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics) which formed part of the ESRC Genomics Network. I was responsible for managing the operation of the Lancaster site and served as Acting Associate Director for a short period in 2011. I remained at Cesagen until its closure at the end of 2012.

After taking sabbatical leave in 2012-13, I am now based in the Department of Sociology.

 

 

Current Teaching

SOCL315 Imagining the Future

MCS/SOCL 360 Final Year Dissertation

MA Learning Skills

MA 906 Science, Technology and Society

BIOL465 Biomedicine in Context

Research Interests

 

My research is at the intersection of the sociology of health and illness and the social studies of science. My current work centres on three related areas:

1. Expectations, imaginaries and futures in contemporary biomedicine and biotechnology

2. The relationship and tensions between the shift towards 'personalized' medical knowledge and interventions and the shift towards individual responsibility for health and wellbeing

3. Changing forms and practices of subjectivity in the context of innovative biomedical sciences and technologies

2014

Personalized medicine in context: social science perspectives

Tutton, R. & Jamie, K. 2014 In: Drug Discovery Today: Therapeutic Strategies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Pharmacogenomic biomarkers in drug labels: what do they tell us?

Tutton, R. 02/2014 In: Pharmacogenomics. 15, 3, p. 297-304 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Suspect technologies: forensic testing of asylum seekers at the UK border

Tutton, R., Hauskeller, C. & Sturdy, S. 2014 In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 37, 5, p. 738-752 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Genetics and the sociology of identity

Hauskeller, C., Sturdy, S. & Tutton, R. 1/10/2013 In: Sociology. 47, 5

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Genetics and the sociology of identity

Hauskeller, C., Sturdy, S. & Tutton, R. 10/2013 In: Sociology. 47, 5, p. 875-886 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Walking the tightrope: expectations and standards in personal genomics

Groves, C. & Tutton, R. 1/06/2013 In: BioSocieties. 8, 2, p. 181-204 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Editorial

Hedgecoe, A. & Tutton, R. 1/03/2013 In: New Genetics and Society. 32, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

2012

Race and genomics

Tutton, R. & Bliss, C. 2012 Encyclopedia of applied ethics. Chadwick, R. (ed.). 2nd ed. ed. San Diego: Elsevier Academic Press, p. 699-704 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Personalizing Medicine: Futures Present and Past

Tutton, R. 11/2012 In: Social Science and Medicine. 75, 10, p. 1721-1728 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'Race' as a social construction in genetics

Smart, A., Tutton, R., Martin, P. & Ellison, G. 2012 Identity Politics and the New Genetics: Re/Creating Categories of Difference and Belonging. Schramm, K., Skinner, D. & Rottenburg, R. (eds.). Oxford: Berghahn Books, p. 30-52 23 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2011

Enterprising or altruistic selves?: making up research subjects in genetics research

Tutton, R. & Prainsack, B. 11/2011 In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 33, 7, p. 1081-1095 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Promising pessimism: reading the futures to be avoided in biotech

Tutton, R. 06/2011 In: Social Studies of Science. 41, 3, p. 411-429 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

From self-identity to genotype: the past, present, and future of ethnic categories in postgenomic science

Tutton, R., Smart, A., Ashcroft, R., Martin, P. A. & Ellison, G. T. H. 2010 What's the use of race?: modern governance and the biology of difference. Whitmarsh, I. & Jones, D. S. (eds.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, p. 125-146 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Life, science, and biopower

Raman, S. & Tutton, R. 09/2010 In: Science Technology and Human Values. 35, 5, p. 711-734 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Health and wealth, law and order: banking DNA against disease and crime.

Tutton, R. & Levitt, M. 2010 Genetic suspects: global governance of forensic DNA profiling and databasing. Hindmarsh, R. & Prainsack, B. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 85-104 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Biobanks and the inclusion of racial/ethnic minorities

Tutton, R. 2009 In: Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary Global Contexts. 3, 1, p. 75-95 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Notes on policy, language and human tissue

Tutton, R. 2009 Altruism reconsidered: exploring new approaches to property in human tissue. Steinmann, M., Sykora, P. & Weising, U. (eds.). Farnham: Ashgate, p. 51-64 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Promising genomics, Iceland and deCODE genetics in a world of speculation [Book review]

Tutton, R. 2009 In: New Genetics & Society. 28, 3, p. 297-300 4 p.PII 914026812

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

2008

Social inclusivity versus analytical acuity?: A qualitative study of UK researchers regarding the inclusion of minority racial/ethnic groups in biobanks

Smart, A., Tutton, R., Ashcroft, R., Martin, P. A., Balmer, A., Elliot, R. & Ellison, G. T. H. 2008 In: Medical Law International. 9, 2, p. 169-190 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The standardization of race and ethnicity in biomedical science editorials and UK biobanks

Smart, A., Tutton, R., Martin, P., Ellison, G. T. H. & Ashcroft, R. 06/2008 In: Social Studies of Science. 38, 3, p. 407-423 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Genotyping the future: scientists' expectations about race/ethnicity after BiDil

Tutton, R., Smart, A., Martin, P. A., Ashcroft, R. & Ellison, G. T. H. 09/2008 In: Journal of law medicine & ethics. 36, 3, p. 464-470 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Shifting subject positions: experts and lay people in public dialogue

Kerr, A., Cunningham-Burley, S. & Tutton, R. 06/2007 In: Social Studies of Science. 37, 3, p. 385-411 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Racial categories in medicine: a failure of evidence-based practice?

Ellison, G. T. H., Smart, A., Tutton, R., Outram, S. M., Ashcroft, R. & Martin, P. 09/2007 In: PLoS Medicine. 4, 9, p. 1434-1436 3 p.e287

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Banking expectations: the promises and problems of biobanks

Tutton, R. 11/2007 In: Personalized medicine. 4, 4, p. 463-469 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Constructing Participation in Genetic Databases: Citizenship, Governance and Ambivalence.

Tutton, R. 03/2007 In: Science Technology and Human Values. 32, 2, p. 172-195 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Opening the white box: Exploring the study of whiteness in contemporary genetics research

Tutton, R. 07/2007 In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 30, 4, p. 557-569 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

What's in a name?: subjects, volunteers, participants and activists in clinical research

Corrigan, O. & Tutton, R. 06/2006 In: Clinical Ethics. 1, 2, p. 101-104 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Myriad stories: constructing expertise and citizenship in discussions of new genetics

Tutton, R., Kerr, A. & Cunningham-Burley, S. 2005 Science and citizens: globalization and the challenge of engagement. Leach, M., Scoones, I. & Wynne, B. (eds.). London: Zed Books, p. 101-112 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

"Ethics was here": studying the language-games of ethics in the case of UK Biobank

Hoeyer, K. & Tutton, R. 2005 In: Critical Public Health. 15, 4, p. 385-397 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Postcards: race and medicine in the 21st century

Tutton, R. 09/2004 In: British Journal of General Practice. 54, 506, p. 716-717 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

"They want to know where they came from": population genetics, identity, and family genealogy

Tutton, R. 2004 In: New Genetics & Society. 23, 1, p. 105-120 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Governing UK Biobank: the importance of ensuring public trust

Tutton, R., Kaye, J. & Hoeyer, K. 06/2004 In: Trends in Biotechnology. 22, 6, p. 284-285 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Genetic Databases: Socio-Ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA.

Tutton, R. & Corrigan, O. 2004 Routledge. 211 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2002

Gift Relationships' in Genetics Research.

Tutton, R. 1/12/2002 In: Science as Culture. 11, 4, p. 523-542 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Revisiting concepts of gift in the new genetics: report on a one day symposium

Franklin, S. & Tutton, R. 2001 Lancaster: University of Lancaster. 18 p. (Cultural dimensions of the new genetics).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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