Reuben Message

Reuben Message


Personal profile


I am a Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation in the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies subject area, School of Social and Political Science. 

I studied Sociology at the Universities of Cape Town and Literature at the University of York, before completing an MSc in Biomedicine, Bioscience and Society at the London School of Economics. I then worked for two years at the research and advisory group Counterpoint in London, before beginning PhD studies, again at the LSE. I followed this up with a postdoctoral position at the Department of Geography, University of Oxford. I began at Edinburgh in September 2022.

Research Interests

My research covers a range of issues: (1) The social study of mammalian synthetic biology, with a focus on research cultures; (2) The social and ethical relations of animal research, particularly how human-animal relations influence the making and performance of regulations; (3) Aquaculture in context, including it's historical, social, technological, economic and historical dimensions, especially in Scotland.

Current and recent projects

  • Engineering Biology for Cell and Gene Therapy (Responsible Research and Innovation) [2022 - , EPSRC/UKRI Transition Award]
  • Time pressures in academic-industry collaborations in mammalian engineering biology  [2023 - BBSRC/UKRI Transition Award Flexible Funding]
  • Survey of resources: History of Aquaculture [2023 - SRSF/University of Edinburgh] 
  • The Animal Research Nexus [2017 - 2022, Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award]
  • 'Suffer the Little Fishes?' Exploring UK biologists perceptions of the controversy about fish pain [2019 - 2020, Fell Fund Award, University of Oxford]

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), ‘To assist, and control, and improve, the operations of nature’: Fish culture, reproductive technology and social order in Victorian Britain, London School of Economics


Dive into the research topics where Reuben Message is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or