Dr. Matthias Wienroth
Dr Matthias Wienroth joined NUCFS in July 2012 with a background in social science and education. He holds an MA in Political Science and Adult Education from Leipzig University (Germany) and a PhD in Sociology (with a focus on the social study of science) from Newcastle University (UK). His work attends to the co-production of science and policy practices and their underlying discourses, and the agency of institutions in governing both.
Matthias is part of the Northumbria-based team contributing to EUROFORGEN , The European Forensic Genetics Network of Excellence. This network brings together forensic scientists, social and legal researchers from seven European countries, who study novel forms of forensic DNA profiling and searching techniques. In his research at Northumbria University Matthias primarily explores the prevalent narratives and practices around innovations in forensic genetics and their uses. This research aims to inform scientists and users of forensic science about the benefits, risks, opportunities and challenges of emergent types of forensic DNA profiling and familial searching.
Other on-going research interests include work at the interface of arts and sciences towards improved engagement about science; and enquiry into the institutional context for technological failure in health care, the example of the metal-on-metal hip replacement.
Previously, Matthias has worked at the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre, and the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University; the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience at Durham University; and the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum at Edinburgh University. He has lead on and taken part in a number of research projects since 2005, in which Matthias has researched and published on a variety of subjects, including the construction of emergent research fields through identity building and collaboration; the governance of scientific conduct and research outcomes; collaboration across knowledge boundaries; and the failure of technologies. He has presented his work nationally and internationally, including in invited presentations and a written report on ethical deliberations of Assisted Reproductive Technologies for the National Ethics Committee of Switzerland.
For a summary of Matthias’ recent publications, click here.