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Celia Roberts supervises 6 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Dr Celia Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Celia Roberts

Bowland North

Lancaster University

Bailrigg

Lancaster LA1 4YN

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592205

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PhD supervision

Supervision
I am interested in a number of research areas, mostly focusing on issues relating to health, embodiment, sexuality, reproduction and biology.
I have co-supervised 10 PhD students to completion to date and all have passed with no or minor amendments:
- Lin Wen-Yuan (2005) who worked on kidney dialysis in Taiwan;
- Kaori Sasaki (2006) who worked on brain death and organ transplantation in Japan;
- Ranjini C.R. (2006) who worked on health information systems in southern India
- Anne Rudolph (2009) whose thesis focussed on young lesbian, bi-sexual and queer women's understandings of sexually transmitted infections;
- Clare Hollowell (2010) who studied young women's experiences of fun; and
-Shih, Li-Wen (2012) whose research focussed on prenatal testing and screening in Taiwan.
-Brigit Morris-Colton (2014) who studied an arts for mental health service, focussing on the concept of recovery.Kate McNicolas-Smith, who is working on lesbians on television (ESRC-funded)- Kate McNicholas-Smith (2015) who analysed lesbians on television in the post-queer age

- Oscar Maldonado (2015), whose work focuses on the HPV vaccine in Colombia

- Rebecca Fox (2015) who worked on women with learning disabilities living in secure accomodation (ESRC-funded)

I have 5 current students:
1. Alison Hanbury, studying the HPV vaccine in the UK, as part of the Prescriptive Prescriptions (ERC) project
2. Joann Wilkinson, studying reproductive biosensors as part of the 'Making sense of biosensors' project, funded by Intel
3. Lucy Ryan, studying adopters' views and experiences of parenting (self-funded)
4. Cron Cronshaw, who is working on young trans people's autobiographies (ESRC funded)
5. Theresa Atkinson, who is researching telecare for older people, building on our EFFORT project on telecare (ESRC funded)

All of these are empirical research projects, using methods such as participant observation, interviewing, focus groups and textual analysis.

I am deeply interested in feminist and social theory and am an editor of a leading feminist journal, Feminist Theory. I am very keen to work with postgraduate students on these themes relating to feminist theory, embodiment and sexuality, either in Sociology or Women's Studies. Prospective students should feel free to contact me by email to discuss the possibility of studying at Lancaster.

Current Teaching

Teaching and Departmental Roles

I am curently the Co-Director, with Imogen Tyler of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies and also, with Imogen again, Joint Doctoral Director in the Department of Sociology.

In 2014-15 I taught an MA course, 'Gender, Sex and Bodies' which is a core course for our Women's Studies Programme, as well as co-teaching our bi-annual MA course and summer school on Feminist Cultural Studies (this year's theme was feminist activism). At the UG level I co-taught, wth Vicky Singleton, a 3rd year course on contemporary feminist politics and activism. I also delivered six lectures on the Part One Gender and Women's Studies course.

Research Interests

My research centres on the body, health, reproduction, sexuality and aging. I have recently completed a book on early onset puberty, entitled 'Puberty in Crisis: a bio-psycho-social account', for Cambridge University Press (available in September 2015) http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/sociology/sociology-gender/puberty-crisis-sociology-early-sexual-development?format=HB). This book brings together feminist science studies, feminist theories of the body, sexuality and girlhood studies to explore the current global 'crisis' in sexual development.

This work builds on my earlier book, Messengers of Sex: hormones, biomedicine and feminism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which explores the role of hormones in producing sexually differentiated bodies (http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521681971). In it, I critically analyse scientific and biomedical texts, pharmaceutical advertisements, patient leaflets, and popular media accounts of sex hormones and how they work in our bodies. I have published several articles on this area (see below), with a particular focus on hormone replacement therapy. I am interested in questions of responsibility and risk in contemporary biomedicine, and in how patients come to make decisions about engaging with new medical technologies.

I am also the co-author (with Sarah Franklin) of a book on genetics and reproduction, entitled Born and Made: An ethnography of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (Princeton University Press, 2006) (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8313.html). This work is based on three years of ethnographic research of the so-called 'designer baby technique' (preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD). This research was funded by the ESRC and MRC within the Innovative Health Technologies programme. With Franklin and Karen Throsby (Warwick University), I have also studied the donation of embryos to stem cell research within the PGD clinic (funded by the Wellcome Trust and CESAGen). Karen Throsby and Ihave since worked together on early puberty and obesity.

My interest in new biomedical technologies has led to collaboration with colleagues in the School of Health and Medicine and the Centre for Science Studies. I have participated in 5 projects funded by the EU; on e of which is ongoing. In chronological order these are:

1) A Thematic Network entitled 'Identifying Trends in European Medical Space' (ITEMS), which provides opportunities for scholars and students working on health and medical from social science and humanities' perspectives to come together at meetings and conferences and to develop international projects (see http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/WebCSI/ITEMS/index.htm);

2) A Specific Support Action called 'Governance, health, and medicine: Opening dialogue between social scientists and users' (MEDUSE), which focussed on three areas of research, including the use of new technologies to care for older people living at home (see http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/WebCSI/MEDUSE/);

3) A collaborative research project led by Lancaster, with partners in The Netherlands, Norway and Spain, entitled 'Ethical Frameworks for Telecare Technologies' (EFORTT) (see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/efortt/). This project, led by our group at Lancaster, focussed on older people living at home, looking at the development of new care technologies to assist them in this. In essence, we are investigated what 'care' for older people means today. This project involved ethnographic research and citizens' panels;

4) A collaborative research project led by colleagues at the Ecole des Mines, Paris, with partners in Ireland, the UK and Portugal entitled 'European Patient Organisations in Knowledge Society' (EPOKS) (See http://www.csi.ensmp.fr/WebCSI/EPOKSWebSite/).This project investigated patient organisations across a range of health conditions. In the Lancaster part of the project, Imogen Tyler, Candice Satchwelland I studied British birth organisations and their impact on women's health. This was an ethnographic project;

5) I am part of European Research Council project, led by Ericka Johnson of Linkoeping University, entitled Prescriptive Prescriptions: Prescribing Healthy Subjectivities. This wide-ranging project explores a number of pharmaceuticals, from the HPV vaccine through Alzheimer's medications, to prostate treatments. In my part of the project, I am exploring the use of GnRH analogs to prevent puberty in both cis and trans children.

In the past, I have also worked on research projects on breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and heterosexuality, and gender equity in public institutions.

Finally, I am a co-editor of Feminist Theory and recently co-edited, with Myra Hird, a special issue of Feminist Theory on 'non-human feminisms'. I am currently working on another special issue with Raewyn Connell on 'Southern feminist theory.'

 

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