Alex Faulkner

University of Sussex


Professor in Sociology of Biomedicine and Healthcare Policy (International Relations)

MA (Hons) Sociology, University of Ednburgh; PhD Sociology/Medicine, University of Ednburgh

Alex Faulkner joined the University of Sussex in 2012 from the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. He is a sociologist specialising in biomedicine and biomedical technology, and previously worked in the UK’s national Health Technology Assessment programme. His research encompasses the governance of medical technology innovation especially in UK and EU regulatory contexts, issues of cancer detection and screening, and adoption of technologies into healthcare systems. His current research includes an ESRC-funded project on  valuation and regulation of innovative medical technologies that modify the human body, including gene editing, IPS cells, and 3D bioprinting regenerative medicine and tissue engineered products; the valuation of regenerative medicine (ESRC); the relationships between biomedical technologies and elite sport, ethical issues and public views (ESRC); and the politics of Lyme disease testing in the UK.

Research projects & programmes

Biomodifying Technologies