Dr Sally Atkinson


2017- 2018 Research Associate

Exeter University

PI: Professor Susan Molyneux-Hodgson

Funding Body: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Summary: Lead qualitative researcher on the role of Responsible Research and Innovation in synthetic biology and bio-manufacturing


2015 – 2017 Research Associate

University of Cambridge

PI: Dr. Shirlene Badger & Professor Carol Brayne

Funding Body: Medical Research Council

Summary: Lead qualitative researcher on the ethical, legal and social implications of the development of the MRC Dementias Platform UK.


2014 Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology

Durham University

Thesis: “Piece of Mind: A study of networks, collaborations and participation in dementia research”

Funder: Economic & Social Research Council and the Post-graduate fund for women graduates

Advisors: Professor Bob Simpson & Dr. Yulia Egorova

Summary: Qualitative study on the evolution of dementia research in the UK.

Teaching: Tutor 1st year Health & Human Sciences Module, Guest Lectures: 1st Year Medical Anthropology, 2nd Year Research Methods and Practice, Resident Tutor: Undergraduate & post-graduate study skills, post-graduate funding applications.


2009-2010 Research Assistant

Durham University

Project title: Writing Across Boundaries

PI: Professor Bob Simpson & Professor Robin Humphrey

Funder: Economic & Social Research Council

Summary: Qualitative study of writing interdisciplinary research.


2009 – 2010 MA (distinction) Research Methods in Social Anthropology

Durham University

Dissertation: “Becoming ‘at home’ in research: A reflection on the development of an anthropological project”

Advisor: Prof. Bob Simpson


2007-2009 Supporting People Administrator

Praxis Care, Northern Ireland, Research Department


2006 – 2007 Research Assistant

Queen's University Belfast
: Social Anthropology & Ethnomusicology

Projects: Facts, Fears & Feelings

PI: Dr. Rosellen Roche

Funder: Community Relations Council

Summary: Cross community study of young people’s experiences of sectarianism and intra-community violence.


1999 – 2007 BA (Hons) 1st Social and Cultural Anthropology

Queen's University Belfast
Department: Social Anthropology & Ethnomusicology

Dissertation: “‘Babies’ and ‘Bad Girls’: An anthropological study of perception and identity management between children and adults in a West Belfast community” – Anne Maguire Prize