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Maastricht University

Department of Technology and Society Studies

PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands

Research Interests

Social and cultural study of medical practices
Medical anthropology
Science and technology studies
Health sociology
Learning skills
Healthcare worker migration
Digital technologies
Qualitative research methods
Medical education
Medical humanities


I pursue an approach to the social study of medicine that is grounded in ethnographic studies of contemporary medical practices, my clinical experience working in hospitals, and collaborations with historians, doctors, artists, museum specialists and craftspeople. My research spans the fields of anthropology, science and technology studies, medical education and medical humanities and health sociology. My empirical cases focus on the anthropology and history of technological medical practices, especially concerning questions of sensorality, embodiment and learning. I also write about hospital infrastructures (see my blog and my twitterfeed @pneumaticpost). I have held research posts at Maastricht University, University of Exeter and the University of Melbourne, and been a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam, McGill University, RMIT (Melbourne), Brocher Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.