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Professor of Sociology, Nottingham Trent University

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.


  • 2010–present
    Professor of Sociology (p/t), Nottingham Trent University
  • 2010–present
    Director, Dingwall Enterprises
  • 1990–2010
    Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham


  • 1974 
    University of Aberdeen, PhD Medical Sociology
  • 1971 
    University of Cambridge, MA Social and Political Science


  • 2013
    Pandemics and Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Sociological Agenda, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford
  • 2012
    The regulation of nicotine in the UK: how nicotine gum came to be a medicine, but not a drug, Journal of Law and Society
  • 2011
    The ethical governance of German physicians 1890-1939: rule-making and professional culture, Journal of Policy History
  • 2006
    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in continuing care settings: time for a rethink?, British Medical Journal
  • 2006
    Television wildlife programming as a source of popular scientific information: a case study of evolution, Public Understanding of Science
  • 2002
    The Book of Life: How the Human Genome Project was revealed to the public, Health
  • 2001
    Scientific misconduct as organisational deviance, Zeitschrift für Rechtssoziologie
  • 1988
    Divorce Mediation and the Legal Process: British Practice and International Experience, Oxford University Press
  • 1983
    The Protection of Children: State Intervention and Family Life, Blackwell, Oxford


Academician, Academy of Social Sciences