Dr Richard Tutton

Senior Lecturer

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 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. Contemporary and historical discourses of future human settlement of other planets, specifically the planet Mars. 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 settlement of Mars in the mid-2020s.

Pharmacogenomic biomarkers in drug labels: what do they tell us?
Tutton, R. 02/2014 In: Pharmacogenomics. 15, 3, p. 297-304. 8 p.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Genetics and the sociology of identity
Hauskeller, C., Sturdy, S., Tutton, R. 1/10/2013 In: Sociology. 47, 5
Special issue

Genetics and the sociology of identity
Hauskeller, C., Sturdy, S., Tutton, R. 10/2013 In: Sociology. 47, 5, 12 p.
Editorial

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.
Journal article

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

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.
Journal article

Personalizing Medicine: Futures Present and Past
Tutton, R. 11/2012 In: Social Science and Medicine. 75, 10, p. 1721-1728. 8 p.
Journal article

'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.
Chapter

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.
Chapter

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.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Life, science, and biopower
Raman, S., Tutton, R. 09/2010 In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 35, 5, p. 711-734. 24 p.
Journal article

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.
Chapter

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.
Chapter

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.
Book/Film/Article review

Biobanks and the inclusion of racial/ethnic minorities
Tutton, R. 2009 In: Race/Ethnicity. 3, 1, p. 75-95. 21 p.
Journal article

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.
Chapter

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.
Book/Film/Article review

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.
Journal 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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Banking expectations: the promises and problems of biobanks
Tutton, R. 11/2007 In: Personalized Medicine. 4, 4, p. 463-469. 7 p.
Journal 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, 3 p.
Editorial

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal 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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

"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.
Journal article

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.
Chapter

Postcards: race and medicine in the 21st century
Tutton, R. 09/2004 In: British Journal of General Practice. 54, 506, 2 p.
Editorial

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.
Journal article

"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.
Journal article

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.
Book

Gift Relationships' in Genetics Research.
Tutton, R. 1/12/2002 In: Science as Culture. 11, 4, p. 523-542. 20 p.
Journal article

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.
Book