Profiles

Professor Alan Petersen

 - Associate Investigator

Research focus: Community consultation over the development and use of new technologies


Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology and Research Coordinator, School of Social Sciences at Monash University. His research spans the sociology of health and medicine and science and technology studies. Over the last twenty-five years he has undertaken research on the social implications of new and emerging biotechnologies, including genetics/genomics, nanotechnologies, and stem cell treatments. With Megan Munsie, he recently completed an ARC Discovery Project on stem cell tourism. He is currently undertaking ARC funded research on patients' use of digital media to access treatments, and testing in healthcare, focusing on Australia's national cancer screening programs and the routine use of tests in clinical practice. His recent publications include: Hope in Health: The Socio-Politics of Optimism (Palgrave, 2015), Stem Cell Tourism and the Political Economy of Hope (Palgrave, 2017) (with Megan Munsie, Claire Tanner, Casimir MacGregor and Jane Trophy) and Digital Health and Technological Promise (Routledge, in press).