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PhD Supervision Interests

Supervision
I am interested in a number of research areas, mostly focusing on issues relating to health, embodiment, sexuality, reproduction and biology.
I have co-supervised 6 PhD students to completion to date and all have passed with no or minor amendments:
- Lin Wen-Yuan (2005) who worked on kidney dialysis in Taiwan;
- Kaori Sasaki (2006) who worked on brain death and organ transplantation in Japan;
- Ranjini C.R. (2006) who worked on health information systems in southern India
- Anne Rudolph (2009) whose thesis focussed on young lesbian, bi-sexual and queer women's understandings of sexually transmitted infections;
- Clare Hollowell (2010) who studied young women's experiences of fun; and
-Shih, Li-Wen (2012) whose research focussed on prenatal testing and screening in Taiwan.

I have eight current phD students:
1. Brigit Morris-Coulton, who is working on mental health recovery and arts practices
2. Rebecca Fox, who is working on women with learning disabilities living in secure accomodation
3. Kate McNicolas-Smith, who is working on lesbians on television
4. Alison Hanbury, studying the HPV vaccine in the UK
5. Oscar Maldonado,researching the HPV vaccine in Colombia
6. Joann Wilkinson, studying reproductive biosensors
7. Lucy Ryan, studying adoptors' views and exeriences of parenting
8. Vittorio Giovine, studying embodiment and dance.

All of these are empirical research projects, using methods such as participant observation, interviewing, focus groups and textual analysis.

I am deeply interested in feminist and social theory and am an editor of a leading feminist journal, Feminist Theory. I am very keen to work with postgraduate students on these themes relating to feminist theory, embodiment and sexuality, either in Sociology or Women's Studies. Prospective students should feel free to contact me by email to discuss the possibility of studying at Lancaster.

Current Teaching

Teaching and Departmental Roles

I am curently the Co-Director, with Imogen Tyler of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and also, with Imogen again, Joint Doctoral Director in the Department of Sociology.

In 2012-13 I am co-teaching, with Maggie Mort, a 3rd year Undergraduate course entitled 'Health, Life and Bodies', which uses problem-based learning to explore contemporary health issues. I am also teaching an MA course, 'Gender, Sex and Bodies' which is a core course for our Women's Studies Programme. I also deliver four lectures on the Part One Gender and Women's Studies course and supervise undergraduate dissertations as part of our 3rd year dissertation course.

Research Interests

My research centres on the body, health, reproduction, sexuality and aging. I am currently writing a book on early onset puberty, entitled 'Puberty in Crisis: a bio-psycho-social account'. This book brings together feminist science studies, feminist theories of the body, sexuality and girlhood studies to explore the current global 'crisis' in sexual development. As listed below, I have several publications in this area.

 

This work builds on my earlier book, Messengers of Sex: hormones, biomedicine and feminism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which explores the role of hormones in producing sexually differentiated bodies (http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521681971). In it, I critically analyse scientific and biomedical texts, pharmaceutical advertisements, patient leaflets, and popular media accounts of sex hormones and how they work in our bodies. I have published several articles on this area (see below), with a particular focus on hormone replacement therapy. I am interested in questions of responsibility and risk in contemporary biomedicine, and in how patients come to make decisions about engaging with new medical technologies.

I am also the co-author (with Sarah Franklin) of a book on genetics and reproduction, entitled Born and Made: An ethnography of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (Princeton University Press, 2006) (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8313.html). This work is based on three years of ethnographic research of the so-called 'designer baby technique' (preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD). This research was funded by the ESRC and MRC within the Innovative Health Technologies programme. With Franklin and Karen Throsby (Warwick University), I have also studied the donation of embryos to stem cell research within the PGD clinic (funded by the Wellcome Trust and CESAGen). Karen Throsby and I are continuing this work in genetics together, and are currently working on issues relating to puberty and obesity and genetics.

My interest in new biomedical technologies has led to collaboration with colleagues in the Division of Health Research and the Centre for Science Studies. I have participated in 4 projects funded by the EU, two of which are ongoing. In chronological order these are:

1) A Thematic Network entitled 'Identifying Trends in European Medical Space' (ITEMS), which provides opportunities for scholars and students working on health and medical from social science and humanities' perspectives to come together at meetings and conferences and to develop international projects (see http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/WebCSI/ITEMS/index.htm);

2) A Specific Support Action called 'Governance, health, and medicine: Opening dialogue between social scientists and users' (MEDUSE), which focussed on three areas of research, including the use of new technologies to care for older people living at home (see http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/WebCSI/MEDUSE/);

3) A collaborative research project led by Lancaster, with partners in The Netherlands, Norway and Spain, entitled 'Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies' (EFORTT) (see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/efortt/). This project, led by our group at Lancaster, is focussing on older people living at home, and looking at the development of new care technologies to assist them in this. In essence, we are investigating what 'care' for older people means today. This project involves ethnographic research and citizens' panels;

4) A collaborative research project led by colleagues at the Ecole des Mines, Paris, with partners in Ireland, the UK and Portugal entitled 'European Patient Organisations in Knowledge Society' (EPOKS) (See http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/WebCSI/EPOKSWebSite/).This project is investigating patient organisations across a range of health conditions. In the Lancaster part of the project, Imogen Tyler, Candice Satchwelland I are looking at British birth organisations and their impact on women's health. This is an ethnographic project.

In the past, I have also worked on research projects on breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and heterosexuality, and gender equity in public institutions.

Finally, I am a co-editor of Feminist Theory and recently co-edited, with Myra Hird, a special issue of Feminist Theory on 'non-human feminisms'.

 

2014

Installing telecare, installing users: Felicity conditions for the instauration of usership

Sánchez-Criado, T., López, D., Roberts, C. & Domènech, M. 2014 In: Science, Technology and Human Values.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ethical implications of home telecare for older people: a framework derived from a multi-sited participative study

The EFORTT investigators 2014 In: Health expectations: an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Care work and new technologies of care for older people living at home

Roberts, C., Mort, M. & Milligan, C. 2013 The Sage handbook of ageing, work and society. Field, J., Burke, R. J. & Cooper, C. L. (eds.). London: Sage Publications, p. 157-169 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Ageing with telecare: care or coercion in austerity?

Mort, M., Roberts, C. & Callen, B. 07/2013 In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 35, 6, p. 799-812 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Early puberty, 'sexualisation' and feminism

Roberts, C. 05/2013 In: European Journal of Women's Studies. 20, 2, p. 138-154 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Calling for Care: ‘Disembodied’ Work, Teleoperators and Older People Living at Home

Roberts, C., Mort, M. & Milligan, C. 06/2012 In: Sociology. 46, 3, p. 490-506 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Feminism theorises the nonhuman

Hird, M. J. & Roberts, C. 2011 In: Feminist Theory. 12, 2, p. 109-117 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Nonhuman feminisms

Roberts, C. & Hird, M. J. 2011 In: Feminist Theory. 12, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Telecare and older people – re-ordering social relations

Mort, M., Roberts, C. & Milligan, C. 2011 Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technologies Fields: a report for the European Commission Services: a report for the European Commission Services. von Schomberg, R. (ed.). Brussels: European Commission Bookshop, p. 149-164 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Feminist science and technology studies

McNeil, M. & Roberts, C. 2011 Theories and Methodologies in Postgraduate Feminist Research: Researching Differently. Buikema, R., Griffin, G. & Lykke, N. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Health Activism in Europe today: Preliminary findings of European Patient Organisations in a Knowledge Society

Tyler, I. & Roberts, C. 2011 Lancaster: Lancaster University.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

European Patient Organizations in Knowledge Society: Case Study of the National Childbirth Trust, UK

Tyler, I. & Roberts, C. 2011 Lancaster: Lancaster University.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

Telecare and older people: who cares where?

Milligan, C., Roberts, C. & Mort, M. 2011 In: Social Science and Medicine. 72, 3, p. 347-354 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Cracks in the door? technology and the shifting topology of care

Milligan, C., Mort, M. & Roberts, C. 2010 New technologies and emerging spaces of care dwelling: bodies, technologies and home. Schillmeier, M. & Domenech, M. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, p. 19-38 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Getting bigger: children's bodies, genes and environments

Throsby, K. & Roberts, C. 05/2010 In: The Sociological Review. 58, S1, p. 73-92 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Early puberty and public health: a social scientific pinboard

Roberts, C. 2010 In: Critical Public Health. 20, 4, p. 429-438 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Ageing, Technology and Home: a critical project, Ageing’, in Technology & the Home: researching new care configurations

Mort, M., Roberts, C. & Milligan, C. 04/2009 In: ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research. 3, 2, p. 85-89 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Reshaping what counts as care: older people, work and new technologies

Roberts, C. & Mort, M. 2009 In: ALTER: European Journal of Disability Research. 3, 2, p. 138-158 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Living drugs

Fraser, S., Valentine, K. & Roberts, C. 2009 In: Science as Culture. 18, 2, p. 123-131 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Living Drugs

Roberts, C. (ed.), Fraser, S. (ed.) & valentine, K. (ed.) 2009 In: Science as Culture. 18, 2, p. 1-250

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Rationalities and Non-rationalities in Clinical Encounters: Methadone Maintenance Treatment and Hormone Replacement Therapy

Roberts, C., valentine, K. & Fraser, S. 2009 In: Science as Culture. 18, 2, p. 165-181 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Ageing, Technology and Home Care: New Actors, New Responsibilities

Mort, M., Roberts, C. & Milligan, C. 2008 1 ed. Paris: Presses de l'Ecole des mines. 124 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Paid to share: IVF patients, eggs and stem cell research

Roberts, C. & Throsby, K. 01/2008 In: Social Science and Medicine. 66, 1, p. 159-169 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Messengers of Sex: Hormones, biomedicine and feminism.

Roberts, C. M. 2007 Cambridge University Press. 230 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Born and Made: An ethnography of preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

Roberts, C. M. & Franklin, S. 2006 Princeton University Press. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Medicine and the sexual body.

Roberts, C. 2006 Handboook of the new sexuality studies. Seidman, S., Fischer, N. & Meeks, C. (eds.). New York, London: Routledge, p. 88-96 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Enacting gender in reproductive medicine.

Roberts, C. 2006 Prenatal testing: individual decision or distributed action?. Wieser, B., Karner, S. & Berger, W. (eds.). München: Profil, p. 87-100 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Encouraging dissent: contemporary challenges to bioethics.

Roberts, C. & Throsby, K. 07/2006 In: Australian Feminist Studies. 21, 50, p. 289-291 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Science: experimental sensibilities in practice.

Roberts, C. & Mackenzie, A. 05/2006 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 23, 2-3, p. 157-162 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

What can I do to help myself?: Somatic individuality and contemporary hormonal bodies.

Roberts, C. 2006 In: Science Studies. 19, 2, p. 54-76 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Controversies in cardiology.

Johnson, E., Thelander, S. & Roberts, C. 03/2006 In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 5, 1, p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Introduction:New British feminist scholarship and contemporary politics

Aune, K. & Roberts, C. 03/2006 In: Journal of International Women's Studies. 7, 3, p. 1-4 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

2004

Faking it: the story of 'Ohh!'.

Roberts, C., Kippax, S., Waldby, C. & Crawford, J. 2004 Sexualities: Identities, Behaviors, and Society. Kimmel, M. S. & Plante, R. F. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 266-274 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Experiencing new forms of genetic choice: Findings from an ethnographic study of preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

Roberts, C. & Franklin, S. 2004 In: Human Fertility. 7, 4, p. 285-293 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sex, Race and ‘Unnatural’ Difference: Tracking the Chiastic Logic of Menopause-Related Discourses.

Roberts, C. 2004 In: European Journal of Women's Studies. 11, 1, p. 27-44 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

Drowning in a Sea of Estrogens: sex hormones, sexual reproduction and sex.

Roberts, C. M. 1/05/2003 In: Sexualities. 6, 2, p. 195-213 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

An evidence based on specialist breast nurse role in practice: a multi-centre implementation study.

Roberts, C. & National Breast Cancer Centre's Specialist Breast Care Project Team, T. 03/2003 In: European Journal of Cancer Care. 12, 1, p. 91-97 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Successful aging with hormone replacement therapy: It may be sexist, but what if it works.

Roberts, C. M. 1/03/2002 In: Science as Culture. 11, 1, p. 39-59 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Critical consumers: ideas for breast cancer advocacy.

Roberts, C. 2002 In: Queensland Women's Health Journal. 1, 1, p. 5-16 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

A matter of embodied fact: sex hormones and the history of bodies.

Roberts, C. 04/2001 In: Feminist Theory. 3, 1, p. 7-26 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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