Dr Stevienna de Saille

Stevie De Saille


Stevie joined the University of Sheffield in 2013, after completing her PhD in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Stevie’s postdoctoral research, with Professor Paul Martin, focused on publics and the emergence of Responsible Research and Innovation, as part of the Leverhulme Trust Research Programme ‘Making Science Public’. As a research fellow in iHuman, Stevie continues to work with RRI in both theory and practice with scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, with particular attention to the emerging field of human genome editing. She is also  developing new projects on inclusion, trust and responsibility in social robotics.

Research Interests

Stevie’s research interests lie in the intersection of science and technology studies, social movement theory, gender studies, political economics, and science policy. Along with Fabien Medvecky of the University of Otago and other international colleagues, she founded the Fourth Quadrant Research Network in 2016, which is a transdisciplinary partnership between economics, STS and politics scholars to consider RRI through the lens of heterodox economics. Their first book, Responsibility Beyond Growth, will be published by Bristol University Press in summer 2020. She has been a co-chair of the Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society (PFGS), a co-coordinator of the Science and Technology Study Group of the British Sociological Association (BSA), and is presently on the editorial board of Science as Culture. Stevie is also a certified facilitator in LEGO® Serious Play® methodology, which she uses for her own research and teaching as well as for  strategic consultation on embedding RRI in science and engineering projects.

Key Publications

Morrison, M. & de Saille, S. (2019) CRISPR in context: towards a socially responsible debate on embryo editing. Palgrave Communications, 5(1): https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-019-0319-5.

de Saille, S. and Martin, P. (2018) ‘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, pp: 148-166.

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

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.