Dr Claire Tanner

 - Associate Investigator

Research focus: Sociology of science, the body and health

Dr Claire Tanner is a Research Fellow in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Program in the Centre for Stem Cell Systems at The University of Melbourne. Dr Tanner received her BA (with first class Honours) from The University of Queensland and her PhD from Monash University. Claire is an experienced qualitative researcher and has worked for many years with patients, patient advocacy groups and scientists on projects exploring the impacts of science in society. She has also explored the social mechanisms and dynamics that increase inequities and expose patient populations in different health and research contexts to risk and harm. Claire’s work aims to contribute to the development of more effective and ethical policy and regulatory interventions and healthcare services to directly support people, families and carers managing critical and chronic health conditions. She has co-developed educational material with patient groups for their communities, and published journal articles, book chapters and books on the topic of stem cell tourism, with a focus on patient experiences and perspectives. Her recent book, Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope (with Petersen, Munsie, MacGregor and Brophy) was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.