Dr Vicky Singleton

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests

Key Words

Materiality, practices, technoscience, feminist theory, health, medicine, care, farming, policy, gender constitution and enactment, standardization and generalisation, science and technology studies, (after) actor-network theory.

General Research Activities

I trained and worked as a Registered General Nurse before completing my degree and PhD and have had an enduring concern that my research speaks with, and to, professional practice, particularly about how policies and guidelines relate to emobodied, located practices. Theoretically, the research contributes to the field of Science, Technology and Society Studies and feminist technoscience studies through qualitative case studies in health and medicine and farming. I draw upon a diverse body of work that includes public understanding of science and technology, feminist technoscience studies, medical sociology, feminist theory and practice, cultural studies and Science and Technology Studies. I explore how programmes, knowledge-claims, policies and guidelines are constructed and developed and, in particular, how they work in practice. Recent research on the intersection of national policy and practices on small farms has emerged from an earlier project on rural community health and citizenship and it examines the intersection of national policy and practices on small farms in Cumbria and the North West UK.

I have completed case studies in several locations, often about the experiences of publics and practioners of policy develoments. For example, I have studied:

  • Women's (non) participation in the UK Cervical Screening Programme.
  • The making of healthy citizens in the New Public Health: case study of a grass roots initiative to train members of a rural community in Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation.
  • The complexity of clinical decision making around the management of acute Alcoholic Liver Disease: the experiences of patients and clinicians (with John Law).
  • The enactment of mothers, babies and policy in the national campaign to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Women's choice and Casaerean Delivery by Maternal Request (with Dr. Carol Kingdon).

Funding and research collaborations

  • Six studentships, three as ESRC CASE awards, and three supported by direct NHS funding. (2001 to present)
  • Mixed method study of Women’s choice and Caesarean Section, funded by the National Health Service (2000-6)
  • The Management and Treatment of Acute Alcoholic Liver Disease, supported by the National Health Service (2003-5)
  • Public health and training local citizens in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, in collaboration with a local charity (1999-2003)
  • Evaluation of sicknesss absence policy and practices, funded by HMRC Land Registry (1999).

Selected Publications Show all 22 publications

Devices as rituals: notes on enacting resistance
Singleton, V., Law, J. 28/01/2013 In: Journal of Cultural Economy. 6, 3, p. 259-277. 19 p.
Journal article

Modes of syncretism: notes on noncoherence
Law, J., Afdal, G., Asdal, K., Lin, W., Singleton, V. 2014 In: Common Knowledge. 20, 1, p. 172-192. 21 p.
Journal article