Dr Ros Williams
(BA (Hons) (Warwick), MA (Warwick), PhD (York))
Telephone: 0114 222 6423 (external) 26423 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, B07
Ros joined the Department of Sociological Studies in 2016, having previously worked at the University of Warwick as a Teaching Fellow where she taught quantitative and qualitative research methods, material on science and society, and social theory. Her PhD was awarded by the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) at the University of York in 2016. Ros was supervised by Professor Nik Brown and wrote a thesis exploring the ‘archival practices’ of contemporary public-use tissue banking and the transitory nature of biomedical standards.
Ros works on Dr Kate Weiner’s Leverhulme project on self-monitoring technologies and everyday practices of self-care (tracking-ourselves.group.shef.ac.uk/), which relates more broadly her concern with the production, management, and uses of the data produced through and for health care. In this project, the team is interested in engaging with users of self-monitoring technologies, as well as the designers of domestic-use self-monitoring devices.
Ros' research to date has been strongly in the vein of Science and Technology Studies (STS), though she is also engaged with the sociologies of race and ethnicity – particularly the intersection of racialisation and biomedical science. Here, Ros is interested in the use of race classifications, legacies of health care inequity, and genetic understandings of racial differences in blood and tissue. By way of these concerns, Ros has an enduring interest in immunological science, the immunitary paradigm, and the immune system as metaphor for the body politic.
Publications since 2005
Williams, R. (forthcoming). Enactments of race in the UK’s blood stem cell inventory, Science as Culture.
Brown, N., & Williams, R. (2015). Cord blood banking–bio-objects on the borderlands between community and immunity. Life Sciences, Society and Policy, 11(1), 1-18.
Williams, R. (2015). Cords of collaboration: interests and ethnicity in the UK's public stem cell inventory. New Genetics and Society, 34(3), 319-337.
In preparation / under review
Merz, S., & Williams, R. (under review) “Race, debt, and the production of valuable bodies in the biosciences”, New Political Economy.
Williams, R. (in preparation) "Bloody infrastructures!: temporality and order in stem cell banking".