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Professor Christine Hauskeller

Research Interests

My Ph.D. dissertation (The Paradoxical Subject, 2000) analyzed Judith Butler’s and Michel Foucault’s understandings of the subject from the perspective of Critical Theory. I have a longstanding interest in and teach feminist philosophy, with a focus on philosophy of science and identity politics.

My postdoctoral research encompasses several discrete and detailed empirical studies on how cultural differences affect epistemic practices. I am particularly interested in the intersection of the four axes techno-scientific knowledge production, ethical and societal values, bioeconomic values, science policies.

Over the past 20 years my research in philosophy of science has zoomed in on aspects of the space marked by these four axes over the past 20 years. At present, I am particularly interested in the effects of science policy on research pathways, research participants, institutions and patients. Recent projects have explored the factors that shape the formation of scientific knowledge and its translation into applications in stem cell biology and medicine. The originality of this work lies in two aspects: the critical theory perspective and the empirical comparative approach.

1) Recent research projects in Philosophy of Science in Practice - here with an emphasis on empirical research with scientists in a team – include a project with Dr Beltrame on biobanking policy and practice (REGUCB, funded by the European Commission) and BAMI (a € 6 Million FP7 Health Project). In the latter I studied in detail how a clinical trial unfolds. The findings have been published in several articles (Science as Culture, 2017, Regenerative Medicine 2017, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 2018). I am now preparing a monograph on the epistemological and ethical analysis of this empirical research.

2) My research in the philosophy and sociology of Genomics explores how philosophical and social understandings of the human are influenced by biological knowledge and life science technologies. Scientific knowledge changes how the human being and society are perceived and social changes and cultural differences affect the science produced. Projects included reproductive medicine, personal genetic testing, and forensic uses of DNA. This research explores the intersection between knowledge formation, technology and subjectivity. I instigated and lead several empirical projects which cooperated with international colleagues, PhD students and artists. 

I have published in philosophy of science and STS, on themes the relationship between scientific and medical practice and their normativities, on regulation, science policy, metaphors and language in science, ethical and anthropological topics, bioeconomy and also in critical theory and feminist philosophy on theories of power and of the subject.

Research projects: 

Stem Cell Science: Epistemology, history, ethics and research practice 

Genetics and the Politics of Human Identity

Ethical Harmonization in European Clinical Trials (see

Feminist Theory

Research Supervision

I run a regular research colloquium for the PGR students I supervise, the Critical Theory Reading Group. It is invitation only. For persons interested in joining, please contact me via email and arrange a personal meeting.

Please contact me via email with a project outline or a sketch of your initial  idea if you want to apply for supervision. 

I supervise philosophical and STS dissertations in the following subject areas: 

    Identity, Subjectivity, Self

    Frankfurt School and poststructuralist philosophy

    Life Science policies, espceially stem cell or genetics related topics 


    Feminist Philosophy and Gender Theory

Research Students

Current research students

Ahmet Karakaya, "Norms and Values in British and Turkish Muslim BIoethical Debates: Exploring the Tensions in Coexisting Secular and Religious Discours", International Exeter PhD studentship, started 1. Jan. 2018

Jack Price, “Phenomenology and Critical Theory: Subjectivity and the Self in Max Scheler”, AHRC Ph.D. studentship from 2015

Jaanika Puusalu, “Connectedness: Identity creation and alienation in contemporary social world”,  AHRC Ph.D. studentship and Estoanian maintenance grant, from 2014.   

Former PhD students:

Dr. David Wyatt. ESRC studentship 2010-2014. 'Accomplishing Technical and Investigative Expertise in Everyday Crime Scene Investigation'. A study on the role perceptions, training and everyday routines of Crime Scene Investigators in England and Wales.
 David is now postdoctoral Fellow at Kings College London.

. Ayesha Ahmad. ‘Metaphysics in Scientific Medicine: The Making of the Human Embryo’. Co-supervised by Christine Hauskeller and Alan Bleakly at the Peninsula College for Medicine and Dentistry. Ayesha took up a tutor post at University College London Medical School in 2013.

Dr. Maren Klotz.  ‘[K]information. Gamete Donation and the Constitution of Kinship through Knowledge Management in Britain and Germany – an Ethnographic Exploration’. Maren won the Hunboldt Prize 2013 for her dissertation. Supervisors: Christine Hauskeller and Stefan Beck in a Cotutelle between Exeter and Humboldt University Berlin. Maren moved on to a 5-year Habilitation position at the Humboldt University Berlin in European Ethnology.

Dr. Marco Liverani, 'European Bio-futures. Politics and Practice of Science Cooperation in the European Union’, in sociology completed in 2011. Marco moved on to a position as postdoctoral research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Dr. Jean Louise Harrington. ESRC funded Ph.D. student in ‘Stem Cell Research in Context’ (2007-2010). ‘Translational Space. An Ethnographic Study of Stem Cell Research’, completed in 2011. Jean moved on to take up a postdoctoral research fellow position at King’s College London.

Dr. Hristina Petkova. ‘How Gene Tests Travel: Bi-national Comparison of the Institutional Pathways Taken by the Diagnostic Genetic Test for Maturity onset Diabetes of the Young Through the British and the German Health Care System’. 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at King’s College London since 2009.