Dr Stevienna de Saille

(Phd, University of Leeds)

Research Fellow (iHuman)




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.


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.


Publications since 2005

Peer review articles

McLeod, C.; de Saille, S.; and Nerlich, B. (2018) Risk in Synthetic Biology--Views from the Lab, EMBO Reports, e45958. http://embor.embopress.org/content/early/2018/06/01/embr.201845958

de Saille, S. and Medvecky, F. (2016) Innovation for a Steady State: a case for Responsible Stagnation, Economics and Society, 45(1), pp.1-23.

de Saille, S. (2015) Innovating Innovation Policy: The Emergence of 'Responsible Research and Innovation'. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(2), pp. 152-168.

de Saille, S. (2015) Dis-inviting the Unruly Public. Science as Culture, 24(1), pp. 99-107.

de Saille, S. (2014) Fighting Science with Social Science: Activist Scholarship in an International Resistance Project [Shortlisted for Sage Prize 2015], Sociological Research Online, 19(3). http://www.socresonline.org.uk/19/3/18.html.


de Saille, S. (2017) Knowledge as Resistance: The Feminist International Network of Resistance to Reproductive and Genetic Engineering. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book chapters

de Saille, S. and Martin, P. (2018) ‘Monstrous Regiment vs Monsters Inc: Competing imaginaries of science and social order in Responsible (Research and) Innovation’. In Here Be Monsters: Science, Politics and the Dilemmas of Openness. Nerlich, B., Smith, A. and Raman, S. (eds). Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Other publications

de Saille, S. (2017) Duesberg, Mbeki, and AZT: Contentious science meets contentious politics. International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Case Study, http://www.ingsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/INGSACase_AZT_Final_Aug2017.pdf.

Buklijas, T. and de Saille, S. (2017) "Roundup Ready?": Regulating glyphosates amidst health, economic, and public concerns about Genetic Modification. INGSA case study, http://www.ingsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Glyphosate-v2.0-final.pdf.

Chambers, D.; de Saille, S.; Preston, L.; Topakas, A.; Salway, S; Booth, A; Dawson, J; and Wilsdon, J. (2016) The Diversity Dividend? Does a more diverse and inclusive research community produce better biomedical and health research?

Chambers, D.; Preston, L; Topakas, A; de Saille, S; Salway, S; Booth, A; Dawson, J; and Wilsdon, J. (2016) Review of diversity and inclusion literature and an evaluation of methodologies and metrics relating to health research. Report prepared for Wellcome Trust.

de Saille, S. and Matanle, P. (2016) Fukushima-The Triple Disaster and Its Triple Lessons: What can be learned about regulation, planning, and communication in an unfolding emergency? International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) Case Study, http://www.ingsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Fukushima-de-Saille-Matanle-final-1.pdf.

Raman, S; Clifford, M; de Saille, S; Gent, D; Hartley, S; Mohr, A. and Sesan, T. (2014). Responsive Research? Putting the Innovative Back into Agendas for Innovation. Sciencewise-ERC, http://www.sciencewise-erc.org.uk/cms/assets/Uploads/Responsive-ResearchFINAL-VERSION.pdf.

de Saille, S. (2014) Review: 'Fixed: The Science/fiction of Human Enhancement'. Journal of Responsible Innovation 1(1): 142–145.

de Saille, S (2014) On Being a Science Public, guest post on Making Science Public blog, 24 April, http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/makingsciencepublic/2014/04/24/on-being-a-science-public

de Saille, S. (2012) From “Death of the Female” to “Life Itself”: a socio-historic examination of FINRRAGE. PhD Thesis, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/3403/


Stevie currently teaches the following undergraduate modules:

SCS3047 Protest, Movements and Social Change  

SCS3034 What it means to be human