Catherine Montgomery


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Research Interests

I am a Chancellor's Fellow in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  My research focuses on the juncture between scientific knowledge production and clinical care, and I have explored this in various clinical settings, often through ethnographies of clinical trials.  Much of my work to date has focused on the ways in which the design and implementation of clinical research produces particular configurations of knowledge, sociality and change. Bringing together my interests in data practices and material and discursive transformations in healthcare, my current work explores learning health systems and the mutual re-configuration of knowledge and care in data driven healthcare.


Previous Research

I previously held fellowships at the University of Oxford (Institute for Science, Innovation & Society/Nuffield Department of Primary Care), the University of Amsterdam (Department of Sociology & Anthropology), the University of York (Science & Technology Studies Unit) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. I have conducted research into how methods travel in global health research, the rise of adaptive design clinical trials, and the ways in which patient experience data are mobilised in the NHS.

Research students

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

Eva Vernooij on the making of HIV Treatment as Prevention in Swaziland (with Ria Reis and Anita Hardon)

Rachel Simpson on regulating robotic surgery (with Gill Haddow)



I am Programme Co-Director of the BMedSci Anthropology & Sociology of Medicine, on which I co-convene the Honours courses 'Understanding Medicine: Social Science Perspectives' and 'Anthropology & Sociology of Medicine Dissertation'.


I supervise dissertations on the MSc Science and Technology in Society and MSc Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation & Governance. I have previously supervised students on the MSc Clinical Trials and Masters of Public Health. I guest lecture on the course 'Foundations in Responsible Research and Innovation'.

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of London


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