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Kate Weiner is a research fellow at the University of Sheffield. Before this, she completed her PhD and two personal fellowships at the University of Nottingham and then worked as an advisor on the NIHR-funded Research Design Service at the University of Manchester.
Her doctoral research, completed in 2006, looked at lay and professional constructions of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a treatable hereditary condition associated with heart disease. Her analysis focussed on the themes of geneticisation, genetic responsibility and biosociality, three prominent concepts in discussions of the social implications of genetic knowledge. Recently completed research projects have looked at more mundane health technologies for cholesterol management, engaging with ideas about ‘health behaviours’ and the distributions of responsibilities in preventing illness.
Her current research is expanding this work on consumer health technologies, looking at self-monitoring technologies, asking why and how these technologies are being adopted by individuals/households and with what implications for responsibilities, subjectivities and forms of expertise in relation to health care.