Dr Matthias Wienroth
Research Investment Fund Research Associate
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- Address: Policy, Ethics & Life Sciences Research Centre
4th Floor Claremont Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne
I am a Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholar, engaging with scientific practitioners, publics & policy-makers.
My first foray into STS was as part of my Ph.D. study on research practices and identities in the research and innovation field of nanotechnology. Continuing this particular strand of work on new and emerging science and technology, I subsequently joined a research project at Durham University, which attended to the governance of nanoscale research via UK science policy. As part of this work I was awarded a Robert W. Gore Materials Innovation Project Scholarship (Chemical Heritage Foundation).
In 2011, I moved to Newcastle University to work on medical technology governance issues; and to Edinburgh University to attend to aspects of genomics in society, where, at the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum, I was principal investigator on a pilot project bringing together artists and scientists, work funded by Creative Scotland and Edinburgh University. This fuelled my interest in art-science as an area of cross-boundary knowledge production, an aspect of my work I have also expanded into public and practitioner engagement since.
From the second half of 2012 until the end of 2016, I was part of the Framework Programme 7-funded Network of Excellence EUROFORGEN, exploring with colleagues the social and ethical aspects of innovations in forensic genetics. One outcome of this work has been the publicly available guide "Making Sense of Forensic Genetics."
Between 2015 and 2017, I coordinated my collaborative Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) "Seminar Series on genetics, technology, security and justice: Crossing, contesting and comparing boundaries” with colleagues from Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham Universities. Whilst this formal series of meetings and exchanges has come to an end, I continue my collaboration with colleagues from the series in developing research into practices and discourses around the use of biometrics technologies.
Before starting my current post at PEALS, I was Research Fellow at King's College London, studying epistemic aspects of integrating health research and care in the UK national health system on the case of patient recruitment practices into clinical research. I continue work on the integration of health care and research with colleagues at KCL, the University of Michigan and in PEALS.
I engage in public debates about the use of DNA and other biometric technologies in policing and for security purposes more widely, e.g. I have been interviewed for The Future of Forensic Genetics podcast by the UK website The Naked Scientists, for a radio feature on DNA in criminal investigations by the German broadcaster Deutschlandfunk, and for an article on limitations of forensic science by the Spanish online newspaper El Espanol, among others.
Ph.D. in Sociology, Newcastle University, UK, 2005-08
Mag.A. in Political Science, and in Adult Education, Leipzig University, Germany, 2002-05
European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)
Society for Social Studies of Science (4S)
My research focuses on epistemic and ontological questions of science and technology as social practices - that is, I explore the role of science and technology in social and societal contexts. I am particularly interested in studying disciplinary, cross-disciplinary and cross-boundary knowledge production and organisation, their social & ethical aspects, and issues of governance here.
In my current work I focus on innovations in genetics and genomics, e.g. on forensic technologies utilising DNA to make inferences about unknown persons. As part of this work I engage in debates about social compatibility and ethical deliberation with scientific practitioners and decision-makers, in the UK, Germany, and internationally. A second strand of my work attends to exploring the discourse around publics and public goods for human health invoked by stakeholders of Genome Editing.
I also work on exploring technology identities, public perceptions of science and technology fields, governance issues, and the organisation of research in healthcare contexts (e.g. on the idea of the Learning Health System, understanding the ambitions of integrating health care and research, and on patient experiences with and perceptions of health technologies).
For access to my publications please see eprint.ncl.ac.uk.
For further information, please check my ORCID ID.
I also use Twitter to talk about my research and related issues via @photomao.
2017 - HaSS Faculty Bid Development Fund £5,000 (2017/18) (PI)
2017 - GPS School Small Research Grants: 'Baseline mapping of UK key stakeholders in genome editing and their views on ethical and social aspects of research and application for this field.' £975 (2017/18) (PI)
2015 - ESRC Research Seminars and Strategic Networks Competition: 'Seminar series on genetics, technology, security and justice. Crossing, contesting and comparing boundaries.' £30,284 (2015-2017) (PI)
2014 - HEIF Public Engagement and Impact Fund, Northumbria University. £2,250 (Co-I)
2014 - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. Speaker Grant. €450
2013 - FP7 EUROFORGEN Network of Excellence Travel Fellowship. €1,000
2012 - Creative Scotland grant: 'Art-science, creativity & promotion of public understanding of the life sciences in Scotland.' £5,840 (Co-I)
2011 - College of Humanities and Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange grant, Edinburgh University: 'Knowing post/genomics through photo-poetry.' £3,184.50 (PI)
2011 - EPSRC Impact Acceleration Fund: 'Metalhip. Using patient experiences to improve medical engineering design.' £25,000 (2011-2012) (PI TJ Joyce)
2009 - Robert W. Gore Materials Innovation Project Scholarship, Chemical Heritage Foundation. US$5,000
2007 - FP6 Nano-2-Life Network of Excellence Mobility Programme. £1,973
Since 2015, I have provided fora for scientific practitioners to learn more about social and ethical aspects of forensic genetics, aiming to enhance practitioners’ capacity for ethical deliberation in their scientific work.
I have taught on social, ethical & regulatory aspects of forensic technologies uses in the criminal justice system on B.Sc. and M.Sc. programmes in Forensic Science (2013-2016); and on social and ethical aspects of genetics and genomics in clinical contexts on an M.Res. programme for Neuromuscular Diseases (2017) and on an M.Sc. programme for Genomic Medicine (2018).
Previously, I had taught on various modules as part of the B.A. in Sociology (2006-2008).
- Wienroth M. Governing anticipatory technology practices. Forensic DNA phenotyping and the forensic genetics community in Europe. New Genetics and Society 2018, 37(2), 137-152.
- Wienroth M, Caffrey L, Wolfe C, McKevitt C. Patient-initiated recruitment for clinical research: Evaluation of an outpatient letter research statement. Health Expectations 2018, 21(2), 494-500.
- Buchanan N, Staubach F, Wienroth M, Pfaffelhuber P, Surdu M, Lipphardt A, Köttgen A, Syndercombe-Court D, Lipphardt V. Forensic DNA phenotyping legislation cannot be based on "Ideal FDP" - a response to Caliebe, Krawczak and Kayser (2017). Forensic Science International: Genetics 2018, 34, e13-e14.
- Wienroth M, Goldschmidt P. Facilitating creative equality in art-science: A methodological experiment. Leonardo 2017, 50(1), 42-46.
- Williams R, Wienroth M. Social and Ethical Aspects of Forensic Genetics: A Critical Review. Forensic Science Review 2017, 29(2), 145-169.
- Brown T, Geddes L, Gill P, Jesper-Mir E, Kayser M, Phillips C, Schneider P, Syndercombe-Court D, Thomas J, Wienroth M, Williams R. Making sense of forensic genetics. What can DNA tell you about a crime?. London: Sense About Science, 2017.
- Lipphardt A, Lipphardt V, Mupepele AC, Wienroth M. Contra: Nur mit sorgfältiger Regulierung und multidisziplinärer Beratung. Recht und Politik 2017, 53(2), 220-221.
- Staubach F, Buchanan N, Köttgen A, Lipphardt A, Lipphardt V, Mupepele AC, Pfaffelhuber P, Wienroth M. Note limitations of DNA legislation. Nature 2017, 545, 30-30.
- Toom V, Wienroth M, M'charek A, Prainsack B, Williams R, Duster T, Heinemann T, Kruse C, Machado H, Murphy E. Approaching ethical, legal and social issues of emerging forensic DNA phenotyping (FDP) technologies comprehensively: Reply to 'Forensic DNA phenotyping: Predicting human appearance from crime scene material for investigative purposes' by Manfred Kayser. Forensic Science International: Genetics 2016, 22, e1-e4.
- Wienroth M, Rodrigues E, ed. Knowing new biotechnologies: Social aspects of technological convergence. Taylor and Francis Inc, 2015.
- Wienroth M, Rodrigues E. An introduction to social convergences. In: Knowing New Biotechnologies: Social Aspects of Technological Convergence. Taylor and Francis Inc, 2015, pp.3-11.
- Wienroth M, McCormack P, Joyce T. Precaution, governance and the failure of medical implants: the ASR(TM) hip in the UK. Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2014, 10(19), 16.
- Wienroth M, Morling N, Williams R. Applying advances in forensic genetics: When global science meets local legality. Recent Advances in DNA & Gene Sequences 2014, 8(2), 98-103.
- Rundle SD, Robinson D, Strang D, Wienroth M. ATRIA: A sound installation exploring the interface between art, science and technology by remapping cardiovascular development. Leonardo 2014, 47(5), 443-449.
- Williams R, Wienroth M. Identity, mass fatality and forensic genetics. New Genetics and Society 2014, 33(3), 257-276.
- Williams R, Wienroth M. Suspects, victims and others: Producing and sharing forensic genetic knowledge. In: The Right to Know and the Right Not to Know: Genetic Privacy and Responsibility. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp.70-84.
- Williams R, Wienroth M. DNA technology and police investigations. In: Bruinsma, G; Weisburd, D, ed. Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York, NY, USA: Springer, 2014, pp.1128-1136.
- Kearnes M, Wienroth M. Tools of the Trade: UK Research Intermediaries in Science Policy Practice. Minerva 2011, 49(2), 153-174.
- Zülsdorf T, Coenen C, Ferrari A, Fiedler U, Milburn C, Wienroth M, ed. Quantum Engagements: Social Reflections of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2011.
- Milburn C, Coenen C, Ferrari A, Fiedler U, Wienroth M, Zülsdorf T. Always engage: Quantum entanglements, molecular affairs. In: Zülsdorf T; Coenen C; Ferrari A; Fiedler U; Milburn C; Wienroth M, ed. Quantum Engagements: Social Reflections of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2011, pp.1-12.
- Wienroth M. Technology Strategy Board. In: Guston,DH, ed. Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2010.
- Wienroth M. The Scale of Nanotechnology. In: Guston,DH, ed. Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2010.
- Wienroth M. Disciplinarity and Research Identity in Nanoscale Science and Technologies. In: Ach, JS; Weidemann, C, ed. Size Matters: Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Nanobiotechnology and Nano-Medicine. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2009, pp.157-177.
- Rehmann-Sutter C, Wienroth M. Ethische Überlegungen zu neuen Entwicklungen in der Reproduktionsmedizin. Therapeutische Umschau 2009, 66(12), 807-811.