Image of Ros WilliamsDr Ros Williams

Research Associate

(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, and is researching in the area of digital health technologies and self-monitoring. She has a wider interest in social theory, race and health equity.

Ros is currently on the executive committee of AsSIST-UK which supports transdisciplinary collaboration across the social sciences, humanities and sciences in the field of science, innovation and technology. It supports the training of new scholars in the field, engagement with civil society, government and industry within the UK and globally.

She also co-convenes the British Sociological Association's Science and Technology Studies (STS) Study Group.

She 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 (, 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

Journal articles

Merz, S, Williams, R. (forthcoming) ‘We all have a responsibility to each other’: valuing racialised bodies in the neoliberal bioeconomy, New Political Economy (Special Issue).

Williams, R. (2017) "Bloody infrastructures!: temporality and order in stem cell banking", Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. (

Williams, R. (2017). 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.