What does a consulting sociologist do? What do you need? People like me are trained to see social and organizational problems as the result of systems rather than individuals. Sociologists are particularly good at understanding unintended and perverse outcomes of well-meant innovations and at stimulating different ways of thinking about the challenges facing people who are trying to introduce new ideas, products, services or technologies.
In the last ten years, I have used these skills in research and consultancy for the Leverhulme and Wellcome Trusts, ESRC, NERC, MRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, the EU, the UK Department of Health and various NHS/NIHR programmes, the Ministry of Justice, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Food Standards Agency.
Professor of Sociology (p/t), Nottingham Trent University
Director, Dingwall Enterprises
Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham
University of Aberdeen, PhD Medical Sociology
University of Cambridge, MA Social and Political Science
Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Sociological Agenda, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford
The regulation of nicotine in the UK: how nicotine gum came to be a medicine, but not a drug, Journal of Law and Society
The ethical governance of German physicians 1890-1939: rule-making and professional culture, Journal of Policy History
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in continuing care settings: time for a rethink?, British Medical Journal
Television wildlife programming as a source of popular scientific information: a case study of evolution, Public Understanding of Science
The Book of Life: How the Human Genome Project was revealed to the public, Health
Scientific misconduct as organisational deviance, Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie
Divorce Mediation and the Legal Process: British Practice and International Experience, Oxford University Press
The Protection of Children: State Intervention and Family Life, Blackwell, Oxford