School of Sociology and Social Policy

Sujatha Raman

Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences



I came to the University of Nottingham after a stint as Research Associate at Lancaster University's Centre for the Study of Environmental Change (CSEC) and Centre for Science Studies. I received my PhD in 2003 from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), University of Pittsburgh in the United States. I have an interdisciplinary background having spent a year as Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering (University of Nottingham) in 2009-10. I enjoy collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines and welcome new connections.

Twitter: @sujatharaman2

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Expertise Summary

I work on social, cultural and policy aspects of large-scale system-wide challenges, focusing on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and energy transitions. My expertise covers science and technology studies (STS), in particular, the interface between science/technology, policy systems, political and ethical questions, and the environment. This has taken me into methodological approaches and debates around the role of evidence and expertise in policymaking, public engagement, and what is now characterised as 'responsible research and innovation' (RRI).

Research Summary

Working within Science and Technology Studies (STS), my research explores forms of knowledge and innovation required for managing global ecological challenges in ways that are sensitive to plurality… read more

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Current Research

Working within Science and Technology Studies (STS), my research explores forms of knowledge and innovation required for managing global ecological challenges in ways that are sensitive to plurality and concerns for justice. I have a specific interest in engaging across disciplinary boundaries and linking energy transitions (bioenergy, renewable energy) with material (metals, mining) and health transitions (antimicrobial resistance). I am also interested in new methods and approaches for engaging with scientific, technological and policy frameworks in these domains so as to articulate the importance of social, political and institutional questions.

I am Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Research Programme, Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities (2012-2017) in which I lead the synthesis of findings and arguments across 9 projects investigating initiatives to open up science/society relations in different domains.

I am Academic Champion of a University of Nottingham Discipline Bridging Award exploring ways of Embedding Responsible Research and Innovation in the University (2015-16).

PhD Supervision:

Currently, I am supervising the following PhD students.

Richard Helliwell. Sustaining Biomass Supply Chains in the UK (ESRC Doctoral Training Centre studentship)

Lorena Macnaghtan. Collaborative Digital Healthcare Technologies (EPSRC Horizon Digital Economy DTC)

Eleanor Hadley Kershaw. 'The New Co-Production of Knowledge? Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming Global Environmental Change Research Systems and Cultures (Funded by Leverhulme Making Science Public)

Clio Cartelet. Antimicrobial resistance and Animal Health: Exploring tensions in public/professional concepts of ethical responsibility in farm/companion animal medicine (Funded by Leverhulme Making Science Public)

I have significant experience with cross-disciplinary supervision of PhD projects with colleagues in other Schools including Geography, Engineering, Biosciences and Business.

PhDs completed:

Shashank Tiwari. Stem cell research governance in India (Wellcome Trust studentship)

Beverley Gibbs. Scientific citizenship in Scotland (ESRC/Scottish government collaborative studentship)

Georgina Wood. Water literacy in the UK (ESRC/CASE award)

Andrews Safalaoh. What constitutes a Pro-Poor Agricultural Technology Approach? A study of the Black Australorp chicken breed and application of the Innovation platform concept in Malawi

Yao-Martin Donani. Developing a Sustainable Manufacturing Technology System in Ghana

Orla Shortall. Conceptions of agriculture and ethics of bioenergy (University of Nottingham/University of Copenhagen joint studentship linked to the BBSRC LACE project)

Past Research

I recently led a programme of work on Social and Ethical dimensions (2009-2013) within the Lignocellulosic Conversion to Bioethanol (LACE) project. LACE was one of six scientific projects in the BBSRC-funded Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (BSBEC) which focused on second-generation approaches to biofuels. Working with Dr Alison Mohr and Dr Kate Millar and drawing on STS-influenced methods of sustainability assessment and responsible innovation, this work was an example of new attempts to embed social science within a scientific project so that the wider implications of research applications may be considered at an early stage.

I was also Co-Investigator on the EPSRC-funded Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems (RHEES) project (2012-2014). In collaboration with Dr Sarah Jewitt (Geography), this work explored prospects for small-scale rural renewable energy systems from a social science perspective.

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