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Dr Gareth M. Thomas

Dr Gareth M. Thomas

Research Associate

Ysgol y Gwyddorau Cymdeithasol

+44(0) 29 2087 0945
2.05, Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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I was appointed as Lecturer in Sociology in 2015. I am a sociologist interested in (among other things) medicine, disability, stigma, reproduction, place, and technology. My PhD was an ethnography of screening for Down's syndrome in two UK prenatal clinics. This study forms the basis of my research monograph, Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics: Care, Choice, and Disability in the Prenatal Clinic, which will be published by Routledge in March 2017 (see here). I am also Co-Convenor of the Medicine, Science and Culture Research Group (MeSC) at Cardiff University and Co-Book Reviews Editor for the Sociology of Health and Illness journal. I am happy to supervise, or collaborate with, people whose interests are similar to those listed above.

Current PhD Students
Lydia Harper (ESRC Studentship, 2013-): An Ethnographic Study of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy: Exploring the Experiences and Perceptions of Children, Young Adults and Their Families
Eve Exley (ESRC Studentship, 2015-): The Imprisonment of Women: Impact, Identity, and Change









I currently teach in the Cardiff School of Social Sciences (SOCSI) on the undergraduate module 'Power, Culture, and Identity' (SI0164). I also teach in the Cardiff School of Medicine with Jamie Lewis on the social study of medicine.

Before my lectureship, I was employed as a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded 'Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement' project (Feb 2014-May 2015). This involved working collaboratively with academics, artists, and community organisers/members to map young peoples' experiences of health and wellbeing, regulation, and place. In June 2015, I was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Canberra where I carried out a study with Professor Deborah Lupton on pregnancy and parenting 'apps'. I am in the process of working on a grant application to carry out a qualitative study on patients' and professionals' experiences of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).