Dr Ros Williams


Ros is a Lecturer in the Sociological Studies Department. She is currently undertaking a Wellcome Research Fellowship called Mix & Match. This project explores intersections between health, race and social media, focusing on minority ethnicity stem cell donation, looking at the use of donation drives and social media campaigns, particularly amongst mixed raced communities.

Ros’ research to date has been strongly in the vein of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and she is also engaged with the sociologies of race and ethnicity – particularly the intersection of racialisation and biomedical science. Her doctoral research at the University of York (2012-15) looked at stem cell banking, and she developed an interest in the use of race classifications, legacies of health care inequity, and genetic understandings of racial differences in blood and tissue.

Ros has published for various disciplinary audiences, including STS (e.g., Science as Culture), sociology, (e.g., The Sociological Review), medical sociology (e.g., Critical Public Health), political economy (e.g., New Political Economy) and Media and Communications (e.g., Information Communication Society). Ros is Associate Editor of the journal New Genetics and Society.

Follow Ros on Twitter: @roswillz

Research Interests

health and social media; digital health; sociology of health and illness; genetics, race and ancestry; science and technology in society/STS; digital methods; tissue donation and biobanking

Key Publications

Williams R, Will C, Weiner K & Henwood F (2020) Navigating standards, encouraging interconnections : infrastructuring digital health platforms. Information, Communication and Society, 23(8), 1170-1186.

Fitzgerald D, Hinterberger A, Narayan J & Williams R (2020) Brexit as heredity redux: Imperialism, biomedicine and the NHS in Britain. The Sociological Review.

Williams, R. (2018) Enactments of Race in the UK’s Blood Stem Cell Inventory. Science as Culture27(1), pp.24-43.

Williams, R., Weiner, K., Henwood, F. and Will, C. (2018) Constituting practices, shaping markets: remaking healthy living through commercial promotion of blood pressure monitors and scales. Critical Public Health, pp.1-13.

Merz, S. & Williams, R. (2018) ‘We All Have a Responsibility to Each Other’: Valuing Racialised Bodies in the Neoliberal Bioeconomy. New Political Economy, 23(5) 560-573

Williams, R. (2018) Bloody infrastructures!: Exploring challenges in cord blood collection maintenance. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management30(4), pp.473-483.

Brown, N. and Williams, R. (2015) Cord blood banking–bio-objects on the borderlands between community and immunity. Life sciences, society and policy11(1), p.11.

Williams, R. (2015) Cords of collaboration: interests and ethnicity in the UK’s public stem cell inventory. New Genetics and Society34(3), pp.319-337.