Greg Hollin

Department of Sociological Studies

Wellcome Trust Research Fellow

Co-lead of the “Science, Technology, and Medicine in Society” (STeMiS) research theme

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Greg Hollin
Department of Sociological Studies
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Greg joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2022. Following undergraduate and master’s degrees in Psychology at The University of Birmingham, Greg undertook a PhD at the Institute for Science and Society in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Nottingham (2010-2013). In 2014 Greg was awarded a Mildred Blaxter post-doctoral fellowship, based in Nottingham and funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

In 2016, Greg moved to the School of Sociology and Social Policy at University of Leeds following the award of research funding from the Wellcome Trust’s Strategic Support Fund. At the conclusion of this fellowship, Greg took up the position of Lecturer in Social Theory at the same institution. In 2018, he was awarded a Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science by The Wellcome Trust (2018-2022) and moved to Sheffield following the award of a Wellcome Trust University Award (2022-2027).

Research interests

Greg’s research is primarily informed by Medical Sociology and Science and Technology Studies. A central concern of this research is to explore how the contemporary psy- and neuro-sciences shape the social world.

Greg’s work on autism has tried to understand how the condition came to be understood (within certain disciplines) as a form of ‘social disorder’ and has sought to show that cognitive- and neuro-psychology draw upon particular notions of the ‘social’ in order to make that claim. This research has had a particular focus upon how autism is mediated through various forms of diagnostic, emerging, and mundane technologies.

In September 2018, Greg commenced project entitled Hard Knock Life: Negotiating Concussion and Dementia in Sport. This project sought to explore the increasing anxiety about the risks associated with concussion suffered during sporting activities and how practitioners understand themselves, their brains, and their conduct given the possibility of brain injury. Greg’s current work continues to explore the relationship between traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration by exploring how different scientific disciplines seek to understand the role that the environment plays in dementia.

Finally, and through a number of collaboratory pieces, Greg has sought to explore the social world as something which is ‘more than human’ in its composition. This work has explored laboratory beagles and bed bug epidemics, as well as theoretical work in feminist technoscience.


Edited books

  • Williams R & Hollin G (Ed.) (2022) Complicity: Methodologies of power, politics and the ethics of knowledge production. Oxford: Wiley. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


  • Hollin G & Pilnick A (2018) Niemowlęctwo, autyzm i pojawienie się społecznie zaburzonego ciała [Polish translation of: Hollin, GJS. & Pilnick, A. (2015). Infancy, autism, and the emergence of a socially disordered body. Social Science and Medicine, 143, 279-286.] In Witeska-Młynarczyk A (Ed.), Antropologia Psychiatrii Dzieci i Młodzieży: Teksty Wybrane [‘Anthropology of Psychiatry in Children and Adolescents: Selected Texts’] RIS download Bibtex download
  • Giraud E & Hollin G (2016) Laboratory beagles and affective co-productions of knowledge, Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds (pp. 163-177). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hollin G, Ackermans NL & Smoliga J () The animal within: the ethics and epistemics of bio-inspired solutions to sport’s concussion crisis In Townsend S, Phillips M, Olive R & Osmond G (Ed.), Head in the Game: Critical Sociocultural Analyses of Brain Trauma in Sport Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

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Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

Research group

At the University of Sheffield, Greg is:

More widely, Greg is:


Title: On Trend: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the Contentious Reimagining of Alzheimer Disease-Related Dementia as Environmental Diseases

Dates: 2022 – 2027

Funder: The Wellcome Trust

Role: Primary investigator

Value: £319,970

Title: Caring for former athletes who live with neurological disorders.

Dates: 2023 – 2024

Funder: Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness/Nottingham Trent University

Role: Co-investigator. (Full team: Matthews, C. (PI), Pilnick, A., Hollin, G., Malcolm, D., & Hunter, A.)

Value: £18,000

Title: Vital Circulations: A Framework for Understanding Social Dynamics in and Beyond a Pandemic

Dates: 2021 – 2022

Funder: White Rose Consortium

Role: Co-investigator. (Full team: Kim, J. (PI), Williams, R. (PI), Brown, N. (PI), Jacob, MA., O’Connor, R., Hollin, G., Stark, J., Martin, P., White, L., Chattoo, S., Buse, C.)

Value: £14,945.

Title: Hard Knock Life: Negotiating Concussion and Dementia in Sport

Dates: 2018 - 2022

Funder: The Wellcome Trust

Role: Primary investigator

Value: £187,063.

Title: Institutional Strategic Support Fund Fellowship

Dates: 2016

Funder: The Wellcome Trust/The University of Leeds

Role: Primary investigator

Value: £22,029.

Title: Locating Autism

Dates: 2014 - 2015

Funder: Mildred Blaxter Fellowship from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness

Role: Primary investigator

Value: £37,971.

Teaching interests

I convene the undergraduate module “Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine” (SCS3028). Questions relating to health and illness are amongst the most crucial facing us today and, from before we’re born until the moment we die, we are profoundly shaped by our engagements with medicine. In this module we examine the ways in which our bodies, minds, and societies are formed through our engagements with, and understandings of, health, illness, and medicine. We explore intersecting inequalities in healthcare provision; patients’ experiences of ill health and activists’ fight for recognition; contemporary health crises; and the COVID pandemic. And we will use these critical examples in order to develop a nuanced understanding of the role of health, illness, and medicine within contemporary society.

PhD Supervision

Previous PhD students have studied topics including policy making around cognitive enhancing drugs and the use of queer theory to understand autism spectrum conditions.

I am always interested in supporting future projects that are oriented towards medical sociology and/or Science and Technology Studies, particularly (but certainly not exclusively) if they concern the psy- or neuro-sciences—or subjectivity/mental health more generally. Given that I arrived in sociology via training in experimental psychology I’m particularly keen to support applications from those with inter- or alternative-disciplinary backgrounds.