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Ingrid Holme

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I
School of Medicine
University College Dublin, School of Medicine

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I began my academic life in the biological sciences with an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Leeds University (BSc Honours with industrial placement at British Biotech Plc.) After spending the Easter holiday of my final year in Amsterdam I decided that I would move there to complete a Masters in Science and Technology Studies (MSc). My thesis drew on my experiences at British Biotech Plc., exploring the connection between academic science and industrial innovation. I used the theoretical triple helix model of biotechnology which had been developed by my thesis supervisor, Loet Leydesdorff (1996). My findings supported the view that British Biotech Plc. was marked by its lack of an established drug profile, and this lead to its innovation systems being selected upon during clinical trials by the stock market. The research indicated that there may have been a conflict between the company's need for confidentiality for drug approval and the immediate date release required by the stock market. I completed my PhD at Egenis, Exeter University exploring the differences and similarities between biological, genetic and genomic sex. This work, which is currently being published, drew on a wide range of literature including STS and gender studies. During the last few years I have worked within Public Health and social marketing which has given me valuable insight into the workings of state health programmes, particularly related to tobacco and alcohol. My current research interests include the sociology of new technologies, the expansion of evidenced based policy and the role of marketing in the uptake of science and technology.


  • MSc
    University of Amsterdam
  • PhD
    University of Exeter