1. ESRC Genomics Network (archive)
  2. Gengage
  3. The Human Genre Project

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Dr. Richard Tutton

Cesagen Assistant Director


BA English and European Literature (Essex)MA Critical and Cultural Studies (Essex)PGCE (UEA)PhD Sociology (Lancaster)


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FASS Building, County South


My academic training was in literary and cultural studies, before my interest turned to studying the social implications of human genetics research in the late 1990s. I completed a PhD with Sarah Franklin and Maureen McNeil in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University in 2002, and then took up a post-doc post in SATSU (Science and Technology Studies Unit) at University of York working with Anne Kerr and Sarah Cunningham-Burley on an ESRC funded project called Transformations in Genetic Subjecthood. When this research finished, I moved to what is now called the Institute for Science and Society (ISS) at the University of Nottingham and collaborated with Paul Martin (at ISS), Richard Ashcroft (Queen Mary's), George Ellison (St George's London), and Andrew Smart (Bath Spa) on the 'Race/ethnicity and Genetics in Science and Health' Project, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust's Biomedical Ethics Programme. In September 2007, I took up the post of Senior Lecturer at Cesagen Lancaster.



Journal Articles:

Raman, S. and Tutton, R. (2010) 'Life, Science and Biopower' in Science, Technology and Human Values; 35(5): 711-734 DOI:10.1177/0162243909345838

Tutton, R. (2010) 'Biobanks and the In/Exclusion of Minority Racial/Ethnic Groups' in Race/Ethnicity: Interdisciplinary Global Contexts 1 (3): 75-95

Sample, M. and Tutton, R. (2008) ‘Biobank as biographical disruption: conversations on some first person reflections’ in Medical Sociology Online 3 (2): 15-24

Ellison, G., Tutton., R., Outram, S. M., Martin, P., Ashcroft R. and Smart, A. (2008) ‘An interdisciplinary perspective on the impact of genomics on the meaning of “race”, and the future role of racial categories in biomedical research’ in Müller-Wille, S. and Rheinberger, H.J. 'Race and Genomics. Old Wine in New Bottles? Documents from a Transdisciplinary Discussion' in NTM Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (NTM Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin) NTM, 16: 363-386.

Tutton, R., Smart, A., Martin, P., Ashcroft, R. and Ellison, G.T.H., (2008) ‘Genotyping the Future: Scientists’ Expectations of Race/Ethnicity and Genetics After BiDil®’ in Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 36 (3): 464-470. Smart, A; Tutton. R., Martin, P. , Ashcroft, R., Balmer, A., Elliott, R. and Ellison, G. (2008) ‘Social inclusivity versus analytical acuity? A qualitative study of UK researchers regarding the inclusion of minority racial/ethnic groups in biobanks’ in Medical Law International 9 (2): 169-90

Smart, A., Tutton, R., Ellison, G. T. H., Martin, P. and Ashcroft, R. (2008) ‘The Standardization of Race and Ethnicity in Journal Editorials and UK Biobanks’in Social Studies of Science, 38 (3): 407–423Ellison, G.T.H., Smart, A., Tutton, R., Outram, S.M., Ashcroft, R. and Martin, P. (2007) Racial Categories in Medicine: A Failure of Evidence-Based Practice? in PLoS Medicine 4(9): e287 Tutton, R. (2007) 'Banking expectations: reflections on the promises of biobanks' in Personalised Medicine 4 (4): 463-469.

Tutton, R. (2007) 'Opening the White Box: Exploring the Study of Whiteness in Contemporary Genetics Research' in Ethnic and Racial Studies, 30 (4): 557-569

Tutton, R. (2007) 'Constructing Participation in Genetic Databases: Citizenship, Governance and Ambivalence in UK Biobank' in Science, Technology and Human Values 32 (2): 172-195

Kerr, A.; Cunningham-Burley, S. and Tutton, R. (2007) 'Exploring Ambivalence about Genetic Research and its Social Context', Social Theory and Health, 5 (1): 53-69

Kerr, A., Cunningham-Burley, S. and Tutton, R. (2007) 'Shifting Subject Positions: Experts and Lay People in Public Dialogue' in Social Studies of Science, 37 (3): 385-411

Smart, A., Tutton, R., Ashcroft, R., Martin, P. and Ellison, G.T.H. (2006) 'Can Science alone improve the Measurement and Communication of Race and Ethnicity in Genetic Research? Exploring the Strategies proposed by Nature Genetics' in BioSocieties 1 (3): 307-18

Corrigan, O. and Tutton, R. (2006) 'What's in a Name? Subjects, Volunteers, Participants and Activists in Clinical Research' in Clinical Ethics, 1 (2): 101-104

Tutton, R. Kaye, J. and Hoeyer, K. (2004) ‘Governing UK Biobank: The Importance of Ensuring Public Trust,’ in Trends in Biotechnology, 22 (6): 284-5.

Tutton, R. (2004) “They Want to Know Where They Came From”: Population Genetics, Identity, and Family Genealogy’ in New Genetics and Society, 23 (1): 105-120

Tutton, R. (2002) ‘“Gift Relationships” in Genetics Research’, Science as Culture, 11 (4): 523-542

Book Chapters:

Tutton, R. (2009) 'Notes on policy, language and human tissue', in M. Steinmann, P. Sykora and U. Wiesing (eds) Altruism Reconsidered: Exploring New Approaches to Property in Human Tissue: 51-64 (London: Ashgate)

Corrigan, O. and R. Tutton (2009) 'Biobanks and the challenges of governance, legitimacy and benefit' in P Atkinson, P Glasner and M Lock (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. (London and New York: Routledge)

Tutton, R. (2008) 'Biobanks the biopolitics of inclusion and representation' in H Gottweis and A Petersen (eds) Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective: 159-176 (London: Routledge)

Tutton, R. and Corrigan, O. (2004) (editors) Genetic Databases : Socio-Ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA. London: Routledge.


Research Interests

I work at the intersections of the social studies of science and medical sociology, and have interests in the social and ethical issues of banking human tissue for genomics and biomedical research and the implications of contemporary life sciences for identity and citizenship. I have published work in these areas in sociological and science studies journals and co-edited a book, Genetic Databases: the Socio-Ethical issues in the Collection and Use of DNA (Routledge, 2004). I am also an editorial board member of Sociology of Health and Illness.