Gill Haddow

Gill Haddow
Dr Gill Haddow
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
Science Technology and Innovation StudiesSchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
G.32 Old Surgeons' Hall High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
+44 (0) 131 650 2389
Research Interests
Patient experiences, Cyborgs, Sociology of health and illness, Medical sociology, Qualitative Research Methods, embodiment, new scientific and medical technologies, #, , environment, monitoring, surveillance, public engagement, citizen-science

I have a background in the sociology of health and medicine and have developed a special interest in new and emerging scientific and medical technologies.  Conceptually I have brought these interests together through theoretical interests in embodiment, identity and relationships.  Areas of research in the last ten years have included animal-human transplantation; genetic databases; implantable smart technologies; organ transplantation and donation and telemedicine.   In 2013 I was awarded a Wellcome Trust University Award for the project 'Animal, Mechanical and Me: The Search For Replaceable Hearts' and I am currently interviewing people who live life with an implantable cardiac defibrillator.  I enjoy working in and on the interface between science and society studying the processes and outcomes that new and emerging science and technologies produce for individuals, groups and society - e.g. ontologically cyborg; epistemologically embodied.  I also like hanging out with other disciplines such as engineers, scientists, lawyers, clinicians, artists etc.  Cameron Duguid is working with me on a short narration that is inspired by some of the quotes from the people that i have interviewed and ideas that we have discussed when talking about the iconography of the heart:

 I am also deputy director of the Mason Institute and we have also had the pleasure of working with Astrid Jaekel on Vitruvian Man figure1.1













My Edinburgh Research Explorer profile can be accessed here


Principal Investigator:

  1. 2013-2018: £289080 University Award from the Wellcome Trust for ‘Animal, Mechanical and Me: The Search For Replaceable Hearts.’
  2. 2012: £6000 Have we Always Been Hybrid? Challenge Investment Fund, The University of Edinburgh.
  3. 2009: £8000 awarded by Health Informatics Centre, University of Dundee for a focus group study on the principles of ‘Multi-Institutional Linkage and Anonymisation’ to data sharing in the NHS.
  4. 2005-2007: £127194 awarded by the CSO, Scottish Executive to engage with the public on the subject of a Scottish DNA databank ‘Generation Scotland: The Scottish Family Health Study’. 
  5. 2003: £8000 the Development Trust Research Fund awarded by the College of Humanities and Social Science to conduct a survey of the Edinburgh populations’ attitudes towards introducing financial incentives to organ donation.


  1. 2014: Wellcome Trust ‘Super-heroes from Fiction to Reality: Depictions, Impacts and the Ethics of the ‘Enhanced Human’. One day workshop.
  2. 2013: EPSRC, Implantable Microsystems for Personalised Anti-Cancer Therapy. Directly Incurred Researcher (20% for 12 months)
  3. 2012: ESRC Scottish Independence Additional Funding regarding the relationship between health research and devolution (20% for 12 months).
  4. 2011: (from various sources) Implantable Smart Technology Project; Technical, Social and Regulatory Challenges (30% for 12 months).
  5. 2011: Banking (on) the Brain, Arts and Humanities Research Council’ (20% for 12 months).


Publications Sole Authored:

  • *Haddow, G., (under review) 'Transplanting organs and implanting cardiac devices: embodiment, phenomenology and muddling the heart'. Body and Society.

    * Haddow, G. (2010) ‘The Phenomenology of Death, Embodiment and Organ Transplantation’, Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 24, No. 6 pp 92 – 113.  Reproduced with permission in Moore, L. J., and Kosut, M., The Body Reader: Essential Social and Cultural Readings, New York University Press, New York, p. 108-123.

  • *Haddow G. (2009). ‘We only did it because he asked us’: Family accounts of recruitment to a large-scale population genetic database Social Science & Medicine. 69(7), 1010-1017 (cit 3).
  • *Haddow, G. (2006). Because you’re worth it? The Taking and Selling of Transplantable Organs. Journal of Medical Ethics, 32, 324-328. (Cit 31)
  • *Haddow, G. (2005) ‘The Phenomenology of Death, Embodiment and Organ Transplantation’, Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 24, No. 6 pp 92 – 113. (Cit 42)
  • *Haddow, G. (2003) ‘Donor and non-donor families’ accounts of communication and relations with healthcare professionals,’ Progress in Transplantation, Vol.13, No.2 pp.1 – 7. (cit 35)


Joint Articles (* Refereed):

  • Haddow G., Harmon, S., and Gilman L, (under review) Implantable Smart Technologies (IST): Defining the ‘Sting’ in Data and Device, Health Care Analysis.
  • Haddow, G., King, E,  Kunkler, I and McLaren D., (accepted) ‘ Biosensing Prostate Cancer: Everyday Cyborgs and Masculinity, Science as Culture. 
  • Harmon, S., Haddow, G., and Gilman L, (under revision) Implantable Smart Medical Devices: An Empirical Examination of Characteristics, Risks and Regulation, Law, Innovation and Technology.
  • Haddow, G., Mittra, J., Snowden, K., Barlow, E., and Wield D., (2014) From Sick Man to living lab – Narratives of Scottish health since devolution. Innogen Working Paper.
  • *Harmon, S., Laurie, G., and Haddow, G. (2013) Governing Risk, Engaging Publics and Engendering Trust: New Horizons for Law and Social Science, Science and Public Policy, 40 (1) 25-33 (cit 3)
  • *S. Harmon & G. Haddow, (2012) "Banking (on) the Brain: The Neurological in Culture, Law and Science" 12 Medical Law International 79-91.
  • *Haddow G., Murray, L. & Cunningham-Burley, S., (2011). Can the governance of a population genetic data bank effect recruitment? Evidence from the public consultation of Generation Scotland. Public Understanding of Science. Vol. 20, No. 1 (January) pp. 117-129 (cit 7)
  • *Haddow, G., Bruce, A., Sathandam, S., and Wyatt, J (2010) Nothing is really safe’: a focus group study on the processes of anonymising and sharing of health data for research purposes. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Available at (Cit 7)
  • *Haddow, G., Bruce, A., Calvert, J., Harmon, S., & Marsden, W. (2010). Not ‘human’ enough to be human but not ‘animal’ enough to be animal – the case of the HFEA, cybrids and xenotransplantation New Genetics and Society, March, 29 (1) 3 – 9 . (Cit 6)
  • *Roberts, A., Heaney, D., Haddow, G., & O'Donnell, C.A. (2009). Implementation of a national nurse-led telephone health service in Scotland: assessing the consequences for remote and rural localities. Rural and Remote Health. (Cit 11).
  • *Haddow, G., Cunningham-Burley, S., Bruce, A., & Parry, S. (2008). Generation Scotland: consulting publics and specialists at an early stage in a genetic database's development. Critical Public Health, 18(2), 139 - 149. (Cit 26)
  • *Williams, B., Entwistle, V., Haddow G., and Wells, M., (2008) Promoting research participation: Why not advertise altruism? Social Science and Medicine, Vol 66, 7 1451-1456 (Cit 38)
  • Williams, B., Entwistle, V., Haddow G., and Wells M., (2008) Placing evidence in context: A response to Fry’s commentary, Social Science and Medicine, Vol 66, 7, Pages 1461-1462
  • Haddow, G., and Cunningham-Burley, S., (2008) ‘Tokens of Trust or Token Trust?: The case of Population Genetic Data Collections’ in ‘Trust, Health and Illness’ (eds) Alexandra Greene, Julie Brownlie and Alexandra Howson, Routledge.
  • *Haddow, G, O’Donnell, K and Heaney, D. (2007) ‘Organisational identity and its role in the provision of unscheduled immediate health care’, Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Volume 13, Issue 2, Page 179-185. (Cit 8)
  • *Haddow, G., Laurie, G., Cunningham-Burley, S., & Hunter, K. (2007). Tackling Community Concerns about Commercialisation and Genetic Research: A Modest Interdisciplinary Proposal. Social Science and Medicine, 64, 272-282. (Cit 72)
  • *Smith, B., Campbell, H., Blackwood, D., Connell, J., Connor, M., Deary, I., Dominiczak, A.F., Fitzpatrick, B., Ford, I., Jackson, C., Haddow, G., Kerr, S., Lindsay, R., McGilchrist, M., Morton, R., Murray, G., Palmer, C., Pell, J., Ralston, S., St Clair, D., Sullivan, F., Watt, G., Wolf, R., Wright, A., Porteous, D., & Morris, A. (2006). ‘Generation Scotland: the Scottish Family Health Study: A new resource for researching genes and heritability.’ BMC Medical Genetics, 7, 74 (Cit 46)


Book Reviews: 

  • Haddow, G., (2012) Ethical Issues in DNA Databases (2012) by Bernice Elger, Bionews.
  • Haddow, G. (2008) Technology and Culture: Schwartz Cowan (2008) ‘Heredity and Hope: The Case for Genetic Screening’. By Ruth Schwartz Cowan. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • Haddow, G. (2002) Sociology of Health & Illness, 22, 4, 532–33: Lock, M. ‘Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death’. Berkeley: University of California Press.



  •  International (2014 – onwards):
  • Haddow G., (January 2015) Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies, Brocher Foundation, Switzerland. 
  • Haddow, G., (October 2014) Everyday Cyborgs and their Life with a Heart Device, The University of Copenhagen.
  • Haddow, G. (April 2014) Everyday Cyborgs and their life with a Heart Device, Wellcome Trust Workshop, ‘Translational Bodies: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues, Prato, Italy.
  • Haddow, G, (January 2014) Me and Mine: What does Embodiment have to say about Property Rights? Broche Foundation, Geneva Switzerland.


  • National (2011 – onwards):
  • Haddow, G., (November 2014) Animal, Mechanical and Me: Muddled Bodies, muddling along; Nuffield Council of Bioethics, Barbican Centre, London.
  • Haddow, G., (November 2014) Animal, Mechanical and Me: What would you choose and what does this say? Everyday Cyborgs, The National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh      
  • Haddow, G (June 2014) Can Cyborgs Feel: The need for an embodiment epistemology? Ethics, Embodiment, re/production and the lifecourse, The University of Edinburgh
  • Haddow, G., (April 2014) Ground-Breaking Research, New Directions, Sociology, The University of Edinburgh.
  • Haddow, G., (March 2013): A Tale of Monsters and Miracles, In-Space, The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art.
  • Haddow, G., (November 2012): A Tale of Monsters and Miracles, Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities, The University of Edinburgh.
  • Haddow, G., (May 2012) ‘I did it because he asked me’ Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life University of Manchester, Manchester
  • Haddow, G., (April 2012) Organ Donation and Transplantation, Postgraduate Bioethics Forum, Wellcome Trust, London.
  • Haddow, G. (29 March 2011) PLENARY SESSION & PANEL MEMBER, Ethics, governance and DNA databases, 18th International Chromosome Conference, Manchester.



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Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in identity, embodiment, organ transplantation, genetics, ARTs, public engagement, patient participation, as well as the impact that new and emerging medical technologies have more generally usually using approaches from medical sociology, sociology of health and illness, or science and technology studies (I am slightly obsessed with the use of electricity in medicine at the moment).

If you are interested in being supervised by Gill Haddow, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Science and Technology Studies; PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Science and Technology Studies

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