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Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, University of York
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Nottingham
Master of Arts, University of Nottingham



Research Interests

Martyn Pickersgill is Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine. Based in Edinburgh Medical School, he conducts research in the social sciences and medical humanities. Martyn's primary expertise is in the sociology of biomedicine and mental health. In particular, his work has considered the social, historical, and normative dimensions of epigenetics, neuroscience, and psychiatry.


Current Research

Martyn holds a Wellcome Trust University Award concerned with the future of diagnosis in psychiatry and the politics of psychiatric knowledge-production. He is a Co-PI of a five-year Wellcome Trust research program on 'Biomedicine, Self and Society'. Martyn is also a Co-I of an MRC project on global mental health.


Previous Research

Martyn previously held fellowships from the Newby Trust (at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities) and the Wellcome Trust (at Edinburgh Medical School) for research on the sociology of neuroscience and psychology. He has led research on biomedicine and society funded by the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, and Wellcome Trust. Martyn has also undertaken two AHRC projects at the intersections of science and technology studies and socio-legal studies. His work around the science-policy interface was supported through a British Academy Rising Star Award.


Other Responsibilities/Activities

In 2018, Martyn co-founded the cross-university Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (CBSS). Previously, he was a founder member of the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE), where he remains an Associate Director. Martyn also holds a variety of affilitations with bioscience, social science, and humanities institutes across the University of Edinburgh. He has a range of other roles within the university, particularly relating to Equality and Diversity.

Martyn contributes to a number of advisory committees, funding panels, and editorial boards, within the UK and internationally. He has been awarded funds from a range of sources (including the NIH, ESRC, and RSE) to take up visiting positions at universities such as Groningen, Harvard, and Wisconsin-Madison. Martyn is a recipient of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Henry Duncan Medal.


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