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Professor Steve Yearley

Genomics Forum Director


0131 651 4747






St John's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ


Professor Yearley is Director of the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum at the University of Edinburgh. Joining Edinburgh in 2005 as the Professor of the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge.

Primarily interested in social studies of science and in environmental sociology. Professor Yearley is particularly concerned with areas where these specialisms overlap: for example in environmental controversies with a pronounced scientific element (such as with recent disputes over the safety or otherwise of GMOs and the emerging concerns around synthetic biology) or, in attempts to foster public engagement in technical decision-making in environmental areas (for instance, through his work on citizen engagement in urban air-quality issues). In addition he has been closely involved – initially through the Wellcome Trust – with work on social aspects of human genetics and with social science questions relating to bioethics.

Professor Yearley has authored six books, including Making Sense of Science: Understanding the Social Study of Science (Sage, 2005) and Cultures of Environmentalism: Empirical Studies in Environmental Sociology (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, paperback edition 2009). He also co-wrote the Sage Dictionary of Sociology which appeared in 2006. In addition, he has authored and co-authored more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 30 chapters in edited collections.


For further details of Steve's research interests and publications visit&bbsp;www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/steveyearley/