Professor Paul Martin

Paul Martin


Paul works at the interface of science and technology studies (STS) and medical sociology. He joined the Department of Sociological Studies in March 2012 as Chair in the Sociology of Science and Technology, and was Head of Department from April 2014-December 2016.

He has a first training in biology and a DPhil in Science and Technology Studies from SPRU, University of Sussex. Currently Paul’s research interests are:

The development of epigenetics and the role of science in (social) policy
Novel biosocial concepts and methods in the social sciences
The clinical and commercial development of genome editing
Responsible Research and Innovation

Paul is currently Principal Investigator on a Leverhulme Trust funded grant How Does Inequality get ‘Under the Skin’? Epigenetics, health disparities and the making of social policy (2014-18; £215,000).

Key Publications

Weiner, K., Martin, P., Richards, M. & Tutton, R. (2017) Have we seen the geneticization of society? Expectations and evidence. Sociology of Health and Illness. doi: 10.1111/1467-9566.12551

Meloni, M., Williams, S., & Martin, P. (2016). Biosocial Matters: Rethinking the Sociology-Biology Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Sociological Review Monographs). Wiley-Blackwell

Pickersgill, M., Martin, P., & Cunningham-Burley, S. (2015). The changing brain: Neuroscience and the enduring import of everyday experience. Public Understanding of Science, 24(7), 878-892. doi:10.1177/0963662514521550

Martin, P. (2015). Commercialising neurofutures: Promissory economies, value creation and the making of a new industry. BioSocieties, 10(4), 422-443. doi:10.1057/biosoc.2014.40

Pickersgill, M., Niewöhner, J., Müller, R., Martin, P., & Cunningham-Burley, S. (2013). Mapping the new molecular landscape: Social dimensions of epigenetics. New Genetics and Society, 32(4), 429-447. doi:10.1080/14636778.2013.861739

Pickersgill, M.D., Martin, P.A. and Cunningham-Burley, S. (2011) ‘Constituting Neurologic Subjects: Neuroscience, Subjectivity, and the Mundane Significance of the Brain’, Subjectivity, 4(3):346-365. doi: 10.1057/sub.2011.10

Williams, S. J., Martin, P. and Gabe, J. (2011), The pharmaceuticalisation of society? A framework for analysis. Sociology of Health and Illness, 3(5):710-725: doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01320.x