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Dr Sally Atkinson

Dr Sally Atkinson

Research Associate

Social Anthropology

Medical Anthropology

Social studies of science and technology

Social studies of knowledge

Mental Health over the life course

Aging and life course studies

Dementias and neurodegenerative conditions

Clinical trials and research infrastructures

Translational science

Neuroscience and neuroimaging


I am an early career researcher in the social sciences. I joined the Institute of Public Health at Cambridge in 2015. Previously I was based at the University of Durham, where I completed a doctorate on the emergence of the dementia research infrastructure in the UK.

Departments and Institutes

Cambridge Institute of Public Health:
Research Associate

Research Interests

I am currently part of the Ethical, Social and Legal Implications (ELSI) work package of the Dementia Platform UK. Based at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Cambridge, I am designing a series of qualitative studies to understand how participants and researchers experience the development of novel collaborative and experimental approaches in dementia research. These studies will help support the development of socially robust science through the platform. In particular I am interested in the ethical issues related to new approaches to data sharing and adaptive research processes. My background is in medical and social anthropology. My previous work has looked at mental health over the life course, the development of new biotechnologies and scientific infrastructures, the role of public patient involvement in science, and the social impact of chronic neurodegenerative diseases. 


Data sharing ; Social Media ; Mental health ; Science & Technology Studies ; Big Data ; digital culture ; Social & Medical Anthropology ; Neuroscience ; Ethics ; media research