Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

Martyn Pickersgill

Professor of the Sociology of Science and Medicine


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Martyn Pickersgill is a Professor of the Sociology of Science and Medicine and Associate Director at CBSS. He works across medical sociology and science and technology studies, with additional interests in the medical humanities. He is committed to interdisciplinary, including with biomedical and public health colleagues, and was a co-founder of CBSS in 2018.

Martyn is Director of Research in the Usher Institute, where he also holds a Personal Chair. He has various roles outside of Edinburgh, including serving as a member of the ESRC Strategic Advisory Network. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a recipient of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Henry Duncan Medal.


Martyn's research and engagement activities relate to the social dimensions of biomedicine. Through current and previous grants, publications and fellowships, he has focused especially on the sociology of epigenetics, neuroscience, and psychiatry.