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Sociology Research

Dr Hogarth is a Lecturer in Sociology of Science and Technology. His work focuses on biomedical innovation and his research has investigated a diverse range of emergent biotechnologies, such as stem cell therapies and synthetic biology. His primary interest is the impact of genomic science on the diagnostics sector, and he has published extensively on the political economy of diagnostic innovation, with a particular focus on regulatory governance and intellectual property rights.

Dr Hogarth uses an international comparative methodology to explore the continued salience of national institutions such as regulatory regimes and healthcare systems, in a bioeconomy which is increasingly characterised by global governance structures, international scientific collaborations and transnational flows of capital and scientific labour.

His work is situated at the interface of science and technology studies, medical sociology, history of medicine, bioethics, innovation studies and regulatory studies and involves interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars across the domains of biomedicine, law, politics and public health. He has long-standing collaborative links with Dr Kathy Liddell, Director of the Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences at Faculty of Law Cambridge.

His work combines empirical research with normative analysis of public policy and commercial strategy. He has produced policy reports for the European Commission and Health Canada, and in the UK Human Genetics Commission. He was a member of the Department of Health's Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee from 2012-14, and currently serves on an external strategy group advising the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's on the revision of the EU regulations for diagnostic devices.

Research Interests

Science, technology, biomedical innovation, political economy of diagnostic innovation

Key Publications - Books

Hogarth, S. (2018) Diagnostics. Routledge. 

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Fiona A. Miller, Robin Z. Hayeems, Stuart Hogarth (2016) Informally Regulated Innovation Systems: Challenges for Responsible Innovation in Diagnostics. In: Emerging Technologies for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease pp 227-244. Springer.

Stuart Hogarth, Michael Hopkins, Daniele Rotolo (2015) Technological Accretion in Diagnostics: HPV Testing and Cytology in Cervical Cancer Screening (Chapter 5). In: Medical Innovation: Science, technology and practice. New York: Routledge

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Grants and Projects

Hogarth, S. (PI) CancerScreen: Screening for cancer in the post-genomic era: diagnostic innovation and biomedicalisation in comparative perspective. European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2017-2021): £903,167

Job Title:
Associate Professor in Sociology of Science and Technology, Fellow of Robinson College
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