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

Cesagen · People

Professor Paul Atkinson

Cesagen Associate Director


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Paul Atkinson is Associate Director of CESAGen in Cardiff. He is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. He is a member of the Cardiff Centre for Research in Genetics & Society (CCRGS).

He has conducted and directed ethnographic research in medical, educational and cultural settings. He is currently engaged in research projects exploring relationships between clinical genetics and its implications for communication within families and kin networks and predictive testing for genetic diseases.


  • Arribas-Ayllon, M., Featherstone, K. and Atkinson, P. (2009) 'The practical ethics of genetic responsibility: nondisclosure and the autonomy of affect', Health and Social Theory
  • Atkinson, P. (2009) 'Genetics and Society: Perspectives from the bioeconomies in Europe and Asia' in Atkinson, P., Glasner, P., Lock, M. (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era (London: Routledge)
  • Atkinson, P. (2001) ‘The professional construction of family and kinship in medical genetics’ New Genetics and Society 20 (1) 6-24.
  • Atkinson, P., Parsons, E. and Featherstone, K. (1997) The Clinical Experience: The Construction and Reconstruction of Medical Reality (2nd edn) Aldershot: Ashgate.