Dr Stevienna de Saille

Phd, University of Leeds

Department of Sociological Studies

Research Fellow (iHuman)



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Dr Stevienna de Saille
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Stevie’s research interests lie in the intersection of science and technology studies, social movement theory, economics and science policy. Her MA looked at women's adaptation of the architecture of Livejournal.com to maintain pre-existing online networks and question racial exclusion within the science fiction community. Her PhD, completed at the end of 2012, was a case study of knowledge production in the Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering (FINRRAGE), which led her to larger questions about the global bioeconomy, and the governance of emergent technologies.

Her postdoctoral research with Prof. Paul Martin investigated 'Publics and the Making of Responsible Innovation' as part of the Leverhulme Trust Research Programme 'Making Science Public'. She has also been involved in research on diversity in the biomedical system along with colleagues from ScHARR, as part of a Wellcome Trust project led by Prof. James Wilsdon.

Stevie is currently in the developmental stages of two new projects, one on the human aspects of robotics and the other on germline genetic engineering. She is also continuing her research on Responsible Stagnation as PI on the Fourth Quadrant Research Project, which considers responsible innovation through the lens of steady state economics as a way of maintaining social prosperity in a state of permanent slow growth.

Research interests

Independent Social Research Foundation, “The Fourth Quadrant: Exploring Responsible Innovation in a Steady State” (PI), 2016-2018.

Wellcome Trust, Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research (Co-I), 2016.



Journal articles



  • Chambers D, Preston L, Salway S, De Saille S, Topakas A, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon JR (2017) The Diversity Dividend: does a more diverse and inclusive research community produce better biomedical and health research? View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • de Saille S Duesberg, Mbeki, and AZT: Contentious science meets contentious politics. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Buklijas T & de Saille S "Roundup Ready?": Regulating glyphosates amidst health, economic, and public concerns about Genetic Modification. RIS download Bibtex download
  • de Saille S & Matanle PC Fukushima - The Triple Disaster and Its Triple Lessons: What can be learned about regulation, planning, and communication in an unfolding emergency?. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • de Saille S On being a Science Public. RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • de Saille S (2012) From ‘Death of the Female’ to ‘Life Itself’: A Socio-historic Examination of FINRRAGE. University of Leeds. RIS download Bibtex download

Working papers

  • Chambers D, Preston L, Topakas A, de Saille S, Salway S, Booth A, Dawson J & Wilsdon J (2017) Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Raman S, Clifford M, de Saille S, Gent D, Hartley S, Mohr A & Sesan T (2014) Responsive research: putting the innovative back into agendas for innovation. RIS download Bibtex download
  • de Saille S (2013) Innovating Innovation: RRI as a Guiding Principle in the ERA. Making Science Public, 3. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

Stevie currently teaches the following undergraduate modules:

SCS3047 Protest, Movements and Social Change  

SCS3034 What it means to be human