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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. participatory practices in the co-creation of digital infrastructures of person-centred care

Current and Recent Research Projects

2018 – Digital Infrastructures for a Sustainable Transition to Person-Centred Care (Funded by the Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care and LETStudio)

2015-2018 - 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) 

Recent Publications 

Elam, M., Solli, A. and Mäkitalo, Å. (2018) ‘Socioscientific Issues via Controversy Mapping: Introducing Actor-Network Theory into the Science Classroom with Digital Technology’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education (under submission).

Elam, M. and Hammer, M. (2018) ‘Patientfokuserad vård: Från paternalism till samproduktion?’, in Soneryd, L. and Sundqvist, G. (ed.) Vetenskapligt medborgarskap. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Naldemirci, Ö. and Lydahl, D., Britten, N., Elam, M., Moore, L. and Wolf, A. (2018) ‘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 22(1): 54-71.

Moore, L., Britten, N., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö., Elam, M. and Wolf, A. (2017) ‘Barriers and Facilitators to the Implementation of Person-Centred Care in Different Healthcare Contexts’, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 31(4): 662-673.

Britten, N., Moore, L. Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö, Elam, M. and Wolf, A. (2017) ‘Elaboration of the Gothenburg Model of Person-Centred Care’, Health Expectations 20(3): 407-418.

Wolf, A., Moore, L., Lydahl, D., Naldemirci, Ö., Elam, M. and Britten, N.
(2017) ‘The realities of partnership in person-centred care: A qualitative interview study with patients and professionals’, BMJ Open 2017-016491.

Naldemirci, Ö., Wolf, A., Elam, M., Lydahl, D., Moore, L. and Britten, N.
(2017) ‘Deliberate and Emergent Stategies for Implementing Person-Centred Care: A Qualitative Interview Study with Researchers, Professionals and Patients’, BMC Health Services Research 17: 527.

Mark Elam


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