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Dr. Dana Wilson-Kovacs

Egenis Research Fellow


BA, MPhil, PhD


01392 725156


01392 724676






Byrne House, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter


Dana's PhD thesis in sociology at the University of Exeter examined the cultural repertoires of sexual intimacy, and the ways in which various material and symbolic resources are mobilised in the construction and staging of intimate encounters. Previous postdoctoral appointments include work on the Glass Cliff project and on the Fair-Trade Consumerism study. In July 2007 she joined theproject .

Since then she has collaborated with Christine Hauskeller on the project, which examined professional roles in biomedical innovation. Currently she is working on the introduction of Forensic DNA technologies in police practice, a project which examines the scientific and organisational practices surrounding the development of forensic technologies in everyday policing, with an emphasis on the general utility, cost effectiveness and the expectations these technologies raise.



Wilson-Kovacs, D. and Hauskeller, C. 'The clinician-scientist: professional dynamics in clinical stem cell research', Sociology of Health and Illness, 34(4) (online and in press).

Wilson-Kovacs, D., Wyatt, D. and Hauskeller, C. '“A Faustian bargain?” Public voices on forensic DNA technologies and the National DNA Database.' New Genetics and Society 31(3), 2012: 285-298

Hauskeller, C. and Wilson-Kovacs, D., 'Travelling across borders: The pitfalls of clinical trial regulation and stem cell exceptionalism'. Open peer commentary on 'Stem cell tourism and the power of hope'. American Journal of Bioethics 10, 2010, pp 38-40.

Wilson-Kovacs, D., 'The future of police forensics.' Britain in 2011, November 2010, p 93.

Wilson-Kovacs, D., Weber, S. and Hauskeller, C., ‘Stem Cells Clinical Trials for Cardiac Repair: Regulation as Practical Accomplishment.’ Sociology of Health and Illness 32(1), 2010, pp 89-105.

Wilson-Kovacs, D., Ryan, M. K., Haslam, S. A. and Rabinovich, A., ‘Just because you can get a wheelchair in the building doesn't necessarily mean that you can still participate: barriers to the career advancement of disabled professionals.’ Disability and Society 23(7), 2008, pp 705-17.

Wilson-Kovacs, M. D., Ryan, M. K., & Haslam, S. A. ‘The glass-cliff: women's career paths in the UK & Private IT sector.’ Equal Opportunities International 25, 2006, pp 674-687.


Hauskeller, C. and Wilson-Kovacs, D., Memorandum of Evidence for the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. Bioengineering. Seventh Report of Session 2009-2010. Evidence 92. London: The Stationery Office Limited.

Ryan, M. K., Haslam, S. A., Wilson-Kovacs, M.D., Hersby, M. D., and Kulich, C., ‘Managing Diversity and the Glass Cliff.’ Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Executive Briefing. London, 2007.

Wilson-Kovacs, M.D., Ryan, M. K., & Haslam, S. A., ‘Exploring the glass cliff: Women's experiences in ICT.’ WINIT Conference Proceedings. Salford, 2006.

Chapters in books

Weber, S., Wilson-Kovacs, D. and Hauskeller, C. ‘The Regulation of Autologous Stem Cell Therapies: Comparing the UK and Germany’. In Lenk, C. Hoppe, N., Beier, K. and Wiesemann, C. (eds.), Human Tissue Research - A Discussion of the Ethical and Legal Challenges from a European Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Wilson-Kovacs, D., Ryan, M. K., Haslam, S. A. and Rabinovich, A., ‘Just because you can get a wheelchair in the building doesn't necessarily mean that you can still participate: Barriers to the career advancement of disabled professionals’, (previously published in Disability and Society, 23(7): 705-17). In Hickman, G. (ed.) Leading Organizations. Perspectives for a New Era. London and New York: Sage Publications, 2010, pp 448-459.

Wilson-Kovacs, D., ‘Class and sexual intimacy: an everyday life perspective.’ In Taylor, Y. (Ed.) Our Working-Class Lives: Classed Connections and Intersections, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2010, pp 217-235.

Wilson-Kovacs, D., ‘Some texts do it better: women, sexually explicit texts and the everyday.’ In Attwood, F. (Ed.) Mainstream Sex. The Sexualization of Western Culture, London and New York: I. B. Tauris, 2009, pp 147-64.

Ryan, M. K., & Haslam, S. A., Hersby, M. D., Kulich, C. and Wilson-Kovacs, D. ‘The stress of working on the edge: Examining the implications of glass cliffs for both women and organizations.’ In Barreto, M., Ryan, M. K. and Schmitt, M. (eds.) Barriers to diversity: The glass ceiling 20 years on, APA Division 35 Book Series, 2008, pp 153-71.

Wilson-Kovacs, M. D., ‘Agency, Consumption and Sexual Intimacy: Understanding the Importance of Material Culture in Everyday Life.’ In Martens, L. and Casey, E. (eds.) Gender and Consumption. Material Culture and the Commercialisation of Everyday Life, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, pp 181-195.

Wilson-Kovacs, M.D. ‘The Fall and Rise of Erotic Lingerie.’ In Keenan, William (ed.) Dressed to Impress. Looking the Part, Oxford: Berg, 2001, pp 159-77.

Wilson-Kovacs, M. D. ‘The Fabric of Love: A Semiotic Analysis of the Suspender Belt.’ In Backett-Milburn, K. and McKie, L. (eds.) Gendered Bodies. A 1998 BSA Conference Volume, London: Macmillan, 2000, pp 120-138.

Book reviews

J. Protevi, 'Political Affect. Connecting the Social and the Somatic'. History of Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 33 (3)

Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, ‘Objectivity.’ Critical Quarterly 51(3), 2009, pp 123-125.

Adriana Petryna, 'When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects'. Genomics, Society and Policy 5(2), 2009, pp 44-46.

Stephen Garton, ‘Histories of Sexuality.’ Social History of Medicine 18(2), 2005, pp 326-327.

Michel Foucault, ‘Abnormal. Lectures at the College de France 1974-1975.’ Social History of Medicine 7(3), 2004, pp 535-536.

Leigh Summers, ‘Bound to Please. A History of the Victorian Corset,’ and Ali Guy, Eileen and Maura Banim (Eds.) ‘Through the Wardrobe. Women’s Relationships with Their Clothes.’ The European Journal of Women’s Studies 10(2), 2003, pp 235-239.

Lynn Chancer, ‘Reconcilable Differences: Confronting Beauty, Pornography and the Future of Feminism.’ The Journal for the History of Sexuality 9(1-2), 2000, pp 180-183.

Gail Kligman, ‘The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu’s Romania.’ Sociological Review 47(1), 1999, pp 183-186.


Selected Presentations

'Technologies of memories': maps as a visual research tool’, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 12 April 2012

'Accelerated DNA Profiling Technologies (ADAPT) and the transformation of forensic genetics in police investigations’, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 12 April 2012

'The rise of the machines: Anticipation, provision & demand in the expansion of ADAPT’, EGN annual conference Genomics in Society: Facts, Fictions and Cultures, British Library, London, 23-24 April 2012

'"A Faustian Bargain?” Public voices on forensic DNA technologies and the national DNA database', British Sociological Association annual conference, London School of Economics, 8 April 2011.

'The use of forensic DNA technologies in police practice', ADAPT All Suppliers Workshop, National Policing Improvement Agency, Coventry, 11 November 2010.

‘Health and illness in regenerative medicine: a case study from stem cell clinical research’, Concepts of Health and Illness conference, UWE, Bristol, 2 September 2010.

‘Understanding the clinician-scientist: a case study from stem cell research’, Humanities at the Cutting Edge, Association for Medical Humanities Conference, Truro, July 2010.

‘The (re)production of regulation: The clinical implementation of adult stem cell treatments in the UK and Germany’, EGN conference, University of Cardiff, October 2009.

‘Professional Roles And Self-Understanding In Stem Cell Research For Heart Repair: The Challenges Of Collaborative Enterprise.’ British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Annual Conference, University of Manchester, September 2009.

‘From Sperm to Technosemen: Sperm: Scientific Objects and the Commodification of Male Reproductive Technologies.’ Configurations between Science and Culture, 1900–2000 Joint workshop of Egenis and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), University of Exeter, March 2009.

‘Making Sense of Clinical Trials Using Autologous Stem Cells for Heart Repair.’ British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Annual Conference, University of Sussex, September 2008.

‘Recycling Cells and Making Cakes in Britain and Germany: The Regulatory Shaping of Stem Cell Applications in Cardiac Repair.’ Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine, 4S/EASST Annual Meeting, Rotterdam, August 2008.

‘Splitting cells: autologous stem cell practices in Germany and the UK.’ Cellular Space C-BAR Workshop, Egenis, University of Exeter, July 2008.

‘Stem Cell Research Agendas: Regulation as Culture in Practice.’ Genomics and Society: Setting the Agenda International Conference, EGN-Network, Amsterdam, April 2008.

‘In and beyond the laboratory: a comparative perspective on the regulation of stem cell research practices in a trans-national context.’ ESRC Genomics Network Conference, London, October 2006.

‘Career Maps: Qualitative approaches to the study of professional progression.’ Social, Economic and Organizational Research Group (SEORG) Workshop, School of Psychology, University of Exeter, May 2006.

‘Exploring the Glass Cliff: Women’s Experiences in ICT.’ Women in IT Conference, Salford University, March 2006.

‘”There is no Mrs. Ordinary doing the washing up”: women’s consumption of erotica/pornography.’ Pleasure and Danger Revisited Conference, University of Cardiff, June 2004.


Presentation ‘Stem Cell Clinical Trials For Cardiac Repair: The Challenges and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Research’ to The UK Cardiovascular Collaborative on Stem Cell Repair of the Heart, UCL, 24 September 2009.

Expert talk and discussion with the public at the BBSRC/MRC Stem Cell Dialogue, Newcastle, 5th April 2008.

Presentation of findings to The UK Cardiovascular Collaborative on Stem Cell Repair of the Heart, UCL, 6th March 2008.

Research Interests

Adding to her ongoing interest in materiality, cultural production and intersectionality, Dana’s current research focuses on:

  • the ways in which DNA forensic technologies are envisaged and designed
  • the relationship between professional trajectories and emerging forensic and biomedical technologies
  • the impact of regulatory frameworks in the organisation of clinical trials using stem cell research
  • expert and lay views on the body in relation to stem cell treatments
  • methodological innovations in qualitative research