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Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Exeter

Sarah is an interdisciplinary social scientist working closely with natural scientists, engineers, regulators and policy-makers. Her research and teaching revolves around the responsible governance of science, technology and innovation as it moves from the lab to commercialisation.

She takes a qualitative methodological approach to understand the factors that shape the innovation process for emerging technologies, particularly the biotechnologies including GM insects, gene drive, and genome-editing. In addition, Sarah explores responsible research and innovation at a policy and institutional level. Sarah has advised the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology on GM insects and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on genome-editing. She is currently collaborating with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to improve stakeholder engagement.

Sarah obtained a PhD in Politics and Environmental Studies with a specialisation in Public Policy from the University of Toronto in 2005.


  • –present
    Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow in science policy, University of Nottingham


  • 2005 
    University of Toronto, PhD Political Science and Environmental Studies