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Biosketch: Professor Mark Elam

Mark Elam is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, GU. With long experience of research and teaching in sociology and science and technology studies (STS), Elam has an established interest in researching medical and environmental issues spawning controversy over how technological societies should be rightly governed. This has led to a broadening concern with innovative approaches to the public communication of science and technology and new participatory practices renegotiating expert-lay relations in society. Within LETStudio he is currently participating in research on (1) the experimental design and use of controversy mapping as an innovative tool of science education in an upper secondary school context and (2) the barriers and facilitators influencing the development of person-centred healthcare practice across a range of different medical contexts in Sweden.

Current and Recent Research Projects

2015-2017 - Learning to Engage with Science and Technoscientific Issues in a Digital Landscape: The Arrival of Controversy Mapping as a Method for Digital Inquiry in a Swedish Upper Secondary School (Funded by the Swedish Research Council)

2014-2016 The Challenges of Translating Person-Centred Care from Theory into Practice: Lessons to be Learnt from Core Projects within the Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC) (Funded by GPCC and LETStudio)

2011-2014 – International Socio-Technical Challenges for Implementing Geological Disposal (Funded by European Commission/Euratom)

Recent Publications

Naldemirci, Ö. and Lydahl, D., Britten, N., Elam, M., Moore, L. and Wolf, A. (2017) ‘Tenacious Assumptions of Person-Centred Care? Exploring Tensions and Variations in Practice’, Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine (forthcoming).

Moore, L., Britten, N., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö., Elam, M. and Wolf, A. (2016) ‘Barriers and Facilitators to the Implementation of Person-Centred Care in Different Healthcare Contexts’, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences (forthcoming).

Britten, N., Moore, L. Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö, Elam, M. and Wolf, A. (2016) ‘Elaboration of the Gothenburg Model of Person-Centred Care’, Health Expectations (forthcoming).

Elam, Mark (2015) ‘How the Brain Disease Paradigm Remoralizes Addictive Behaviour’ Science as Culture 24(1): 46-64.

Elam, Mark (2015) ‘Nicorette Reborn? E-Cigarettes in Light of the History of Nicotine Replacement Technology’, International Journal of Drug Policy 26(6): 536-542.

Elam, Mark (2014) ‘From the Birth of the Smokers’ Clinic to the Invention of Nicorette®: Problematizing Smoking as Addiction in Sweden 1955-1971’, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 31(5-6): 467-484.


Mark Elam


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