Dr Stevienna de Saille

Phd, University of Leeds

Department of Sociological Studies

Lecturer in Sociology

Research Fellow (iHuman) (She/her)


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Dr Stevienna de Saille
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Stevie’s research interests lie in the nexus of science and technology studies, social movement theory and heterodox economics, all through an intersectional lens. 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.

As a postdoctoral researcher at Sheffield, she worked with Prof. Paul Martin investigating 'Publics and the Making of Responsible Innovation' as part of the Leverhulme Trust Research Programme 'Making Science Public' and was 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 leading the 'Human Futures' theme in iHuman, where she is developing a programme of research on Robots in a Human Future and continues to publish in the area of human genome editing. She was PI on the multidisciplinary project 'Improving Inclusivity in Robotics Design' and is currently research lead on the UKRI-TAS pump priming project 'Imagining Robotic Care'. She is on the Executive of iHuman and Sheffield Robotics and continues her research on Responsible Stagnation as a founder member of the Fourth Quadrant Research Network, 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. Stevie is also a certified facilitator in LEGO Serious Play, which she uses for research (presently as part of Imagining Robotic Care), teaching, and as a consultant on embedding responsible research and innovation into science and engineering projects. 

Research interests
  • TAS-UKRI, "Imagining Robotic Care: Identifying conflict and confluence in stakeholder imaginaries of autonomous care systems" (Co-I, Research Lead), 2021-22
  • Research England/FOSS, "Improving Inclusivity in Robotic Design" (PI), Phase I 2020, Phase II 2021 
  • 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.


Edited books

  • Martin P, de Saille S, Liddiard K & Pearce W (Eds.) (2022) Being Human During Covid-19. Bristol: Bristol University Press. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Book reviews

Conference proceedings papers


  • 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
  • de Saille S & Medvecky F () Innovation for a Steady State: A Case for Responsible Stagnation. SSRN Electronic Journal. RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • de Saille S L'emergence de la « Recherche et de l’innovation responsables » dans la politique de l’Union européenne. In Encyclopédie d’histoire numérique de l’europe. 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