Dr Stevienna de Saille
Phd, University of Leeds
Department of Sociological Studies
Lecturer in Sociology
Research Fellow (iHuman) (She/her)
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Department of Sociological Studies
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.
- Responsibility Beyond Growth. Bristol University Press.
- Knowledge as Resistance: The Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Using LEGO® SERIOUS® Play with stakeholders for RRI. Journal of Responsible Technology, 12, 100055-100055.
- Improving inclusivity in robotics design : an exploration of methods for upstream co-creation. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 9.
- New horizons, old friends: taking an ‘ARIA in six keys’ approach to the future of R(R)I. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 9(1), 138-142.
- An RRI for the present moment: relational and ‘well-up’ innovation. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 8(2), 292-299. View this article in WRRO
- The effect of social-cognitive recovery strategies on likability, capability and trust in social robots. Computers in Human Behavior, 114, 106561-106561. View this article in WRRO
- Genome editing: the dynamics of continuity, convergence and change in the engineering of life. New Genetics and Society. View this article in WRRO
- CRISPR in context : towards a socially responsible debate on embryo editing. Palgrave Communications, 5. View this article in WRRO
- Risk in synthetic biology—views from the lab. EMBO reports, 19(7). View this article in WRRO
- Innovation for a steady state: a case for responsible stagnation. Economy and Society, 45(1), 1-23. View this article in WRRO
- Innovating innovation policy: the emergence of ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(2), 152-168. View this article in WRRO
- Dis-inviting the Unruly Public. Science as Culture, 24(1), 99-107. View this article in WRRO
- 'Fighting Science with Social Science: Activist Scholarship in an International Resistance Project'. Sociological Research Online, 19(3). View this article in WRRO
- Service Robots in Long-Term Care: A Consumer-Centric View. Journal of Service Research.
- Where Will an Emerging Post-COVID-19 Future Position the Human? In Martin P, de Saille S, Liddiard K & Pearce W (Ed.), Being Human During COVID-19 (pp. 117-123). Bristol: Bristol University Press.
- Conclusion: Thinking about ‘the Human’ during COVID-19 Times (pp. 147-155). Bristol University Press
- Introduction (pp. 1-10). Bristol University Press
- Introducing Responsible Stagnation as the ‘Fourth Quadrant’, Responsibility Beyond Growth (pp. 3-20). Policy Press
- Conclusion: The Scope of Responsible Stagnation, Responsibility Beyond Growth (pp. 129-142). Policy Press
- Monstrous regiment versus Monsters Inc.: Competing imaginaries of science and social order in Responsible (Research and) Innovation In Nerlich B, Hartley S, Raman S & Smith A (Ed.), Science and the politics of openness: Here be monsters Manchester: Manchester University Press.
- Looking Back at Ten Years of RRI: Review of R. von Schomberg and J. Hankins (eds): International Handbook on Responsible Innovation: A Global Resource. Science and Engineering Ethics, 27(3).
- Fixed: the science/fiction of human enhancement. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 1(1), 142-145. View this article in WRRO
Conference proceedings papers
- LEGO® Serious Play® in HRI research: results of a pilot imagining robotic care. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO The Diversity Dividend: does a more diverse and inclusive research community produce better biomedical and health research?
- Duesberg, Mbeki, and AZT: Contentious science meets contentious politics.
- "Roundup Ready?": Regulating glyphosates amidst health, economic, and public concerns about Genetic Modification.
- View this article in WRRO Fukushima - The Triple Disaster and Its Triple Lessons: What can be learned about regulation, planning, and communication in an unfolding emergency?.
- On being a Science Public.
Theses / Dissertations
- From ‘Death of the Female’ to ‘Life Itself’: A Socio-historic Examination of FINRRAGE. University of Leeds.
- View this article in WRRO Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research.
- Responsive research: putting the innovative back into agendas for innovation.
- Innovating Innovation: RRI as a Guiding Principle in the ERA. Making Science Public, 3.
- Innovation for a Steady State: A Case for Responsible Stagnation. SSRN Electronic Journal.
- Teaching activities
Stevie currently teaches the following undergraduate modules:
SCS3047 Protest, Movements and Social Change
SCS3034 What it means to be human