Catherine Montgomery

Catherine Montgomery

Catherine Montgomery is a Postdoctoral Research at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam.  She is also an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation & Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford, where she maintains links with the BioProperty Programme.

Catherine currently holds a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project ‘Methods & Materials: The Randomized Controlled Trial, Its Subjects and Publics in Transnational Clinical Research'. She received her PhD in Medical Sociology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (2010), where she also worked as a Research Fellow (2004-2008).  Before moving to Amsterdam, Catherine held research fellowships at the Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) at the University of York and InSIS at the University of Oxford.

Catherine’s research interests focus on the social and political dimensions of techno-scientific change, particularly relating to biomedicine in transnational contexts.  Recent work has explored the making of microbicides as a ‘woman-controlled’ technology for HIV prevention; the organisation and governance of new partnerships to develop drugs for neglected tropical diseases; and the creation of knowledge and value through the exchange of mundane artefacts in TB clinical research.

Catherine’s current work extends her long-standing interest in the spatiality of clinical trials to look at the social life of methods of transit.  This work explores how the methods and materials of the randomized controlled trial work as social agents, active in configuring particular forms of subjects, publics and understandings of science in European and African contexts.


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