Sonja (Sone) Erikainen joined the University of Aberdeen Sociology Department in 2022 as a Lecturer in Sociology.
They completed their PhD in Sociology at the University of Leeds in 2017, after gaining an MSc in Gender Research at the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MA (hons) in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. Prior to taking up their current post, they held three different research fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Leeds. Their research focuses on the science-society intersection and examines social and cultural issues around biomedicine and health, scientific knowledge production, sports, gender diversity and sex difference.
My research focuses on the science-society intersection, and aims to understand the social implications of the changing relationship between science and wider society and culture. I am especially interested in social and cultural issues around biomedical knowledge production and the uses of scientific knowledge in the construction of social categories. Driven by this wider theoretical interest, my research concentrates on two different but overlapping areas: new and emerging biotechnologies and new approaches to medical research, and gender diversity and sex difference.
Within new and emerging biotechnologies and approaches to medical research, I am especially interested in questions around how these technologies and approaches are changing the meaning and practices of medicine and healthcare as well as how they are changing what it means to be a patient. Much of my work in this area has examined especially the implications of digital health technologies, citizen science and participatory public engagement initiatives on medical knowledge production, healthcare delivery, and the roles and experiences of patienthood.
My research around gender diversity and sex difference focuses on trans and non-binary identities and bodies as well as on intersex and diverse sex development especially in the sphere of sports but also within wider culture and social life. I am most interested in social and cultural issues around the sex binary and the sex / gender distinction, and how these binaries and distinctions are socially and scientifically constituted, applied, and disrupted, including in social spheres that tend to rely on strict sex and gender divisions, such as sports. My work has especially examined historical and contemporary sex and gender categories in both elite and community sports, social and cultural issues around the science of sex difference, and the uses of biomedical science in sports governance in relation to trans, non-binary, intersex and diverse sex development.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Sociology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
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Exploring Nurses’ Online Perspectives and Social Networks During a Global Pandemic COVID-19Public Health Nursing, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 586-600Contributions to Journals: Articles
Towards a feminist philosophy of engagements in health-related researchWellcome open research, vol. 6, pp. 58Contributions to Journals: Articles
Specific detriment:: barriers and opportunities for non-binary inclusive sports in ScotlandJournal of Sport and Social Issues, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 75-102Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Promissory Visions of DIYbio: Reimaging Science from the FringeScience as CultureContributions to Journals: Articles
Participatory public engagement in digital health and care: Moving beyond conventional engagement methodsCommissioned by Scottish Government. NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). 49 pagesBooks and Reports: Commissioned Reports
What Makes AI ‘Intelligent’ and ‘Caring’?: Exploring Affect and Relationality Across Three Sites of Intelligence and CareSocial Science & Medicine, vol. 277, 113874Contributions to Journals: Articles
Human Rights, Trans Athletes and Intersex Athletes in SportChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Credibility Contests: Media Debates on Do-It-Yourself Coronavirus Responses and the Role of Citizens in Health CrisesFrontiers in Sociology, vol. 5Contributions to Journals: Articles
Public involvement in the governance of population-level biomedical research: Unresolved questions and future directionsJournal of Medical EthicsContributions to Journals: Articles
TERF Wars: an introductionThe Social Review Monographs, vol. 68, no. 4, pp. 677-698Contributions to Journals: Articles