Dr Richard TuttonSenior Lecturer
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 areas:
1. Expectations, imaginaries and futures in contemporary biomedicine and biotechnology. In the last five years I have been working on what I call the 'genomic re-imagining of personalized medicine', exploring the fields of pharmacogenomics and personal genomics. In this work I have drawn on the sociology of expectations (Brown et al 2000) and the biomedical imaginary (Waldby 1996, 2000).
2. Changing forms of subjectivity and identity categories in the context of both innovative biomedical sciences and technologies and everyday healthcare practices. Previously I have worked on the use of racial/ethnic categories in genomics research. Currently, I am working with Kate Weiner (U of Sheffield) and Catherine Will (Sussex U) on practices of self-care and self-management.
3. Critical space studies. This is a new area of interest for me, sparked by the establishment in 2011 of Mars One - a not-for-profit organization based in the Netherlands - which aims to begin the human settlement of Mars in the mid-2020s. I am currently conducting a small interview-based study with people who have put themselves forward as candidates for being the first Martians, investigating their reasons for doing so, their experiences of being a candidate, their understanding of the risks and opportunities involved, and how they imagine the development of human society on another planet.
I am also the co-editor with Adam Hedgcoe at Cardiff University of the journal New Genetics and Society, published by Taylor Francis.
SOCL101 Introduction to the Sociology of the Future
MCS/SOCL 360 Independent Dissertation Project
MA Learning Skills
MA 906 The Social Life of Science and Technology: Theories and Debates
BIOL465 Biomedicine in Context
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. I contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
In addition to my research and teaching, I also serve in the role of:
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (with my colleague Karenza Moore)Co-Director of the MA Programme (with my colleague Claire Waterton), and Convener of the MA Social Research and MA Sociology Careers and Employability Tutor
I am the co-editor (with Adam Hedgecoe at Cardiff University) of the journal New Genetics and Society, published by Taylor Francis.
I am the external examiner for the MSc Medicine Science & Society programme in the Department for Social Science and Health at King's College London.
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 four students:Lee Wan-Ju whose thesis was on the Taiwanese biobank with reference to the political economy of the life sciences (with Brian Wynne, Department of Sociology). Wan Ju successfully passed her viva in June 2015 :)
Sadaf Noor who is researching the provision of life support facilities in the Bangladeshi hospital sector (with Dawn Goodwin, Division of Medicine)
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, or the sociology of the future.
Pharmacogenomic biomarkers in drug labels: what do they tell us?
Tutton, R. 02/2014 In: Pharmacogenomics. 15, 3, p. 297-304. 8 p.
Genomics and the reimagining of personalized medicine
Tutton, R. 2014 Farnham : Ashgate Publishing. 214 p. ISBN: 9781472422569.
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.
Genetics and the sociology of identity
Hauskeller, C., Sturdy, S., Tutton, R. 1/10/2013 In: Sociology. 47, 5
Genetics and the sociology of identity
Hauskeller, C., Sturdy, S., Tutton, R. 10/2013 In: Sociology. 47, 5, 12 p.
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.
Hedgecoe, A., Tutton, R. 1/03/2013 In: New Genetics and Society. 32, 1, 3 p.
Personalized medicine in context: social science perspectives
Tutton, R., Jamie, K. 2013 In: Drug Discovery Today: Therapeutic Strategies. 10, 4, p. e183-e187. 5 p.
Personalizing Medicine: Futures Present and Past
Tutton, R. 11/2012 In: Social Science and Medicine. 75, 10, p. 1721-1728. 8 p.
'Race' as a social construction in genetics
Smart, A., Tutton, R., Martin, P., Ellison, G. 2012 In: Identity Politics and the New Genetics. Oxford : Berghahn Books p. 30-52. 23 p. ISBN: 978-0-85745-253-5.
Race and genomics
Tutton, R., Bliss, C. 2012 In: Encyclopedia of applied ethics . San Diego : Elsevier Academic Press p. 699-704. 6 p. ISBN: 9780123739322.
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.
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.
Life, science, and biopower
Raman, S., Tutton, R. 09/2010 In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 35, 5, p. 711-734. 24 p.
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 In: What's the use of race?. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press p. 125-146. 22 p. ISBN: 9780262514248.
Health and wealth, law and order : banking DNA against disease and crime.
Tutton, R., Levitt, M. 2010 In: Genetic suspects : global governance of forensic DNA profiling and databasing. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 85-104. 20 p. ISBN: 978-0-521-51943-4.
Book review: Steven Epstein Inclusion: The Politics of Difference in Medical Research Chicago, IL: Chicago University Press, 2007, £18.50 hbk (ISBN: 0 226 21309 9), ix+413 pp
Tutton, R. 08/2009 In: Sociology. 43, 4, 2 p.
Biobanks and the inclusion of racial/ethnic minorities
Tutton, R. 2009 In: Race/Ethnicity. 3, 1, p. 75-95. 21 p.
Notes on policy, language and human tissue
Tutton, R. 2009 In: Altruism reconsidered : exploring new approaches to property in human tissue. Farnham : Ashgate p. 51-64. 14 p. ISBN: 9780754672708.
Promising genomics, Iceland and deCODE genetics in a world of speculation [Book review]
Tutton, R. 2009 In: New Genetics and Society. 28, 3, 4 p.
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 and Ethics. 36, 3, p. 464-470. 7 p.
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.
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.
Banking expectations: the promises and problems of biobanks
Tutton, R. 11/2007 In: Personalized Medicine. 4, 4, p. 463-469. 7 p.
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, 3 p.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Myriad stories: constructing expertise and citizenship in discussions of new genetics
Tutton, R., Kerr, A., Cunningham-Burley, S. 2005 In: Science and citizens. London : Zed Books p. 101-112. 12 p. ISBN: 9781842775509.
Postcards: race and medicine in the 21st century
Tutton, R. 09/2004 In: British Journal of General Practice. 54, 506, 2 p.
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.
"They want to know where they came from": population genetics, identity, and family genealogy
Tutton, R. 2004 In: New Genetics and Society. 23, 1, p. 105-120. 16 p.
Genetic Databases: Socio-Ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA.
Tutton, R., Corrigan, O. 2004 Routledge. 211 p. ISBN: 0-415-31680-4.
Gift Relationships' in Genetics Research.
Tutton, R. 1/12/2002 In: Science as Culture. 11, 4, p. 523-542. 20 p.
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.