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Research Profile

Dr Neil Stephens 

Career Profile

Dr Neil Stephens is a Cesagen Research Fellow based at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. He is co-director of Cesagen's Therapies and Enhancements research theme with Prof Ruth Chadwick and sits on the Cesagen Centre and Research Management Committee.

At Cesagen is research interests relate to aspects of stem cells science in various forms, including the banking and international distribution of stem cell lines, the construction of interdisciplinary exchange about stem cell science, and the development of meat from stem cell technologies. He also works on cancer biobanking.

More broadly within SOCSI he collaborates with Dr Sara Delamont on a two-headed ethnography of Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian dance/game/martial art, that has resulted in numerous papers (see publications section) and a nomination for the SAGE prize from Innovation and Excellence 2009. He is also an active member of the Centre for the study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES) run by Prof Harry Collins and the Culture, Imagination & Practice Research Group (CIP) group.

He works closely with Cardiff Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER), a cross school interdisciplinary network of Cardiff University staff active in the area. He is the SOCSI representative on the CITER Research Committee. He also leads one of the four modules in the CITER MSc in Tissue Engineering. Via his links with CITER he has submitted research bids to the EPSRC, MRC and ERC, and currently works with an interdisciplinary team developing novel visualisation techniques for stem cell technologies via the EPSRC grant.

Before joining Cesagen he completed his PhD at the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise, and Science (KES) at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. His thesis, titled 'Why Macroeconomic Orthodoxy Changes So Quickly: The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and the Phillips Curve', explored the social construction of macroeconomic knowledge and the relationship to wider political influences.

He has successfully attained funding from the ESRC (PhD, stem cell banking), the Wellcome Trust (in vitro meat), the EC FP7 (in vitro meat), the EPSRC (Interdisciplinarity stem cell science), the Centre for Genomics and Society visiting scholar programme (in vitro meat), the Cesagen Research Development Grants (cancer bioabnking), the Brocher Foundation (stem cell banking symposium) and the Arts Council of Wales (cultural events).