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Prof Alex Faulkner

Post:Professor in Sociology of Biomedicine and Healthcare Policy (International Relations, Centre for Global Health Policy)
Location:ARTS C

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MA (Hons) Sociology, University of Ednburgh; PhD Sociology/Medicine, University of Ednburgh



Alex Faulkner joined the University of Sussex in 2012 from the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. He is a sociologist specialising in biomedicine and biomedical technology, and previously worked in the UK’s national Health Technology Assessment programme. His research encompasses the governance of medical technology innovation especially in UK and EU regulatory contexts, issues of cancer detection and screening, and adoption of technologies into healthcare systems. His current research includes an ESRC-funded project on the relationships between biomedical technologies and elite sport, ethical issues and public views; and an ESRC-funded ‘Rising Powers’ project on global state strategies of biomedical innovation in India, China and the UK, focusing on regenerative medicine, bioinformatics and regulation of pharmacogenomics.


Professor of the Sociology of Biomedicine & Healthcare Policy, Centre for Global Health Policy

Community and Business

 Recent grants:

1.    Recent research as Principal investigator funded by National Institute of Health Research on Pathways to Adoption of Technologies in Healthcare (PATH)(£470,000, 2009-2012).

2.    2012-15 I am Co-Investigator with Kings's College London on ESRC funded research 'State strategies of governance in global biomedical innovation: The impact of China and India' (£590,000, 2012-2015).

3.    2013-2016 I am Principal Investigator on ESRC research grant 'Emerging intersections of biomedicine and elite sport: institutions, practices and ethics' (ESRC, £440,000)

 4. 2014-2017, Co-Investigator on a further ESRC research grant ' Regenerative medicine and its development and implementation: an analysis of
emergent value systems and health service readiness' (£1,547,370; collaboration with universitites of York, Edinburgh and Birmingham)

National Committees:

I recently served on the UK NICE’s Medical Technologies Advisory Committee, and 2013-14 was  Expert Advisor to a Wales Assembly Government inquiry into access to medical technology.