Dr Louise Bezuidenhout

Louise Bezuidenhout

Research Affiliate

Louise Bezuidenhout was a research fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society from 2017 to 2021, working on the Changing Ecologies of Knowledge and Action (CEKA) project.  Louise’s research interests are broadly centred on data sharing issues within the life sciences.  In particular, she is interested in how the data produced during scientific experimentation enters into circulation, and how it is valued by potential downstream users.  Her work involves a strong empirical component, including a number of ethnographic studies in laboratories in the UK, USA, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa.

Trained in both the life and social sciences, Louise holds a PhD in Cardiothoracic Surgery from the University of Cape Town (South Africa, 2007) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Exeter (UK, 2014).  She also holds an MA in bioethics from KU Leuven (Belgium, 2008).  She has previously worked as a research fellow at the University of Exeter and the University of Notre Dame (USA).  Louise remains an honorary lecturer at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and is active in various initiatives advocating for better education on Open Data for scientists.


Selected publications

Bezuidenhout, L. (forthcoming). The Relational Responsibilities of Scientists: (Re)Considering Science as a Practice. Accepted to Research Ethics 31/01/2017.

Bezuidenhout, L., Rappert, B. Data Sharing in Low-resourced Research Environments.  Accepted to Minerva 20/01/2017.

Bezuidenhout, L., Kelly, A., Rappert, B., Leonelli, S. (forthcoming) Beyond the Digital Divide: Towards a Situated Approach to Open Data. Accepted to Science and Social Policy 20/03/2016.

Bezuidenhout, L., Leonelli, S., Kelly A. (forthcoming). “$100 Is Not Much To You”: Open Access and Neglected Accessibilities for Data-Driven Science in Africa. e-published in Critical Public Health: 17/11/2016.

Bezuidenhout, L., Morrison, M. (forthcoming). Between Scylla and Charybdis: reconciling competing data management demands in the life sciences. e-published in BMC Medical Ethics: 17/05/2016.

Bezuidenhout, L. (2015).  Variations in scientific data production: what can we learn from #overlyhonestmethods? Science and Engineering Ethics, 21(6): 1509-1523.