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Dr Alina Geampana

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


I am a medical sociologist whose work explores the social and political dimensions of health technologies. I am especially interested in reproductive health innovations. My research has looked at contraceptive risk/benefit assessment, the use and development of assisted reproductive technologies, evidence-making in fertility treatment and commercialisation in reproductive care. I am currently investigating digital innovations in women’s health (‘FemTech’) and am interested in health datafication more broadly.

I completed my PhD in Sociology at McGill University in 2018 and shortly thereafter started working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Queen Mary University of London, investigating the use of imaging technologies in IVF. I also worked as a Lecturer in the Sociology of Health at Aston University before joining the Department of Sociology at Durham University in September 2022. My work has been supported, among others, by the British Academy and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has appeared in journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Qualitative Research, Sociology of Health and Illness, Science, Technology, & Human Values and Qualitative Health Research.

I am a convenor of the British Sociological Association (BSA) STS Study Group.

Within the Department of Sociology, I am a member of the Health and Social Theory Research Group. Also, I teach a specialised third year module on Gender, Health and Medicine, but also enjoy introducing students to Classical Sociological Theory (UG1) and exploring qualitative methods and analysis (PGT).


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