Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society


About the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

The Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (CBSS) is a multidisciplinary research centre that builds on the University of Edinburgh’s unique history of leadership in social studies of science and medicine to scrutinise the complex social, cultural and technological landscape that characterises contemporary biomedicine and health care.


Bringing together established and emerging research leaders from across the University, the Centre aims to address the pressing problems currently facing biomedicine and society, and to effect lasting change in approaches to, developments from, and perspectives on global biomedical research. To that end, our work combines novel, integrative social science and humanities research with innovative approaches to collaboration, stakeholder and public engagement. 

Our work is anchored in seven key research themes, each representing a key site of fundamental socio‐technical transformation in biomedicine and society. These are:

  • Beyond Disease
  • Beyond Bodies
  • Beyond Engagement 
  • Beyond the Legal
  • Beyond the Global
  • Beyond Data
  • Beyond Sex

Our multi-disciplinary approach will generate novel findings and perspectives with transformative implications for biomedical governance, research and practice, to be realised through:

  • A responsive research strand to provide rapid, insightful and practicable analyses of current and emerging concerns in biomedicine and health

  • Visiting fellowships for scientists wishing to pursue collaborative social scientific research

The Centre was established with a Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.  We work closely with the three other social science and humanities Centres funded by Wellcome:


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