Dr Stevienna de Saille

Stevie De Saille


Stevie completed her PhD in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds at the end of 2012, investigating knowledge practices in social movements against complex emergent technologies. She is now finishing a monograph based on that research, which will be published by Palgrave in 2017. Her postdoctoral research, with Professor Paul Martin, focused on the construction and operationalisation of Responsible (Research and) Innovation as a policy framework, one of nine projects in the Leverhulme Trust Research Programme ‘Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities’. Along with Fabien Medvecky of the University of Otago, and other international colleagues, she is developing this into the cross-disciplinary Fourth Quadrant Research Network which will consider RI through the lens of steady state economics. As a research fellow in iHuman, Stevie will be investigating the human tissue bioeconomy, with particular attention to the development of human genome editing. She is also a certified facilitator in LEGO® Serious Play® methodology, which she uses for research and teaching values in design in a partnership with the School of Engineering.

Research Interests

Biotechnology, Gender and feminist theory, Heterodox economics, Reproductive and genetic engineering, Responsible Research and Innovation, Science & technology studies, Social movements and social justice.

Key Publications

de Saille, S. and Medvecky, F. (2016) Innovation for a Steady State: a case for Responsible Stagnation, Economics and Society, 45(1), pp.1-23.

de Saille, S. (2015) Innovating Innovation Policy: The Emergence of ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(2), pp. 152-168.

de Saille, S. (2015) Dis-inviting the Unruly Public. Science as Culture, 24(1), pp. 99-107.

de Saille, S. (2014) Fighting Science with Social Science: Activist Scholarship in an International Resistance Project, Sociological Research Online, 19(3). http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/3/18.html.

de Saille, S. and Martin, P. (in press) ‘Monstrous Regiment vs Monsters Inc: Competing imaginaries of science and social order in Responsible (Research and) Innovation’. In Here Be Monsters: Science, Politics and the Dilemmas of Openness. Nerlich, B., Smith, A. and Raman, S. (eds). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

de Saille, S. (forthcoming 2017) Knowledge as Resistance: The Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering (FINRRAGE). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.