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
Identity politics, Embodiment and the anthropology of the body, Patient experiences, Technology and society

'I have a background in the sociology of health and medicine and have developed a special interest in emerging scientific and medical technologies.  Conceptually I have brought these areas 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'. 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.  I also like hanging out with other disciplines such as engineers, scientists, lawyers, clinicians, etc.  In-between times I am also deputy director of the Mason Institute  

My Edinburgh Research Explorer profile can be accessed here


Haddow, G., King E., Tait., J., Kunkler I., McLaren D., (under review) Sensing the Time is Right: An interview study of prostate cancer patient views about in-vivo biosensors 

Harmon, S., Laurie, G., and Haddow, G. (2013) Governing Risk, Engaging Publics and Engendering Trust: New Horizons for Law and Social Science, Science and Science Policy.

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)

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.

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., 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 - 17

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.

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.

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.

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

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., 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.

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.

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

Haddow, G. (2006). Because you’re worth it? The Taking and Selling of Transplantable Organs. Journal of Medical Ethics, 32, 324-328.

Haddow, G. (2005) 'The Phenomenology of Death, Embodiment and Organ Transplantation', Sociology of Health and Illness, Vol. 24, No. 6 pp 92 – 113.

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.

Books and Book Chapters

Haddow, G., 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 pp.152-173.

Work in Progress:

Everyday Cyborgs: Life with a Heart Device

With Shawn Harmon and Leah Gilman: Regulating ISTs in the Medical Setting, Law, Innovation and Technology (special edition).

Recent Invited Presentations

  • Haddow, G. (April 2014) Everyday Cyborgs: Live with a Heart Device, Wellcome Trust workshop, Prato, Italy. 
  • Haddow, G. (January 2014) 'Is it me or mine' - what embodiment has to say about property rights in the body' Brocher Foundation, Switzerland. 
  • 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.

Research Supervision I am currently supervising students with interests in gamete donation in the Netherlands, gender differences in gamete donation in the UK, 'presumed consent' in Barcelona, Pregnancy Loss in Mexico, Genetic Interest Groups in Scotland, Sterilisation in Brazil, Community Involvement in Thailand, Child Growth Standards in Colombia and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Colombia.  

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).

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PhD in Science and Technology Studies; PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in Sociology