John Gardner


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John’s research focuses on the social and political dimensions of medical innovation. He is especially interested in the ethical challenges – particularly those relating to distributive justice – presented by transformative biomedical projects.  He joined the School of Social Sciences at Monash University in 2017 as part of the Health and Biofutures Focus Programme.

John has undergraduate degrees in both Science and Social Science. In 2010 he was awarded a Wellcome Trust PhD Studentship in Sociology to explore an innovative clinical team providing Deep Brain Stimulation to children and young people with severe movement disorders.  John began this project at King’s College London before moving to Brunel University London in 2011.

In 2014 John joined the Science and Technology Studies Unit at the University of York, UK, to work on an ESRC-funded ‘REGeneableMED’ project exploring the social dynamics of innovation in regenerative medicine.

John has published in a range of social science and medical practitioner journals. His forthcoming monograph, Rethinking the Clinical Gaze (Palgrave) draws on ethnographic research of an innovative clinical team to examine the biopolitical implications of patient-centred medicine.

John Gardner is a founding member of The Neurosocieties Group at Monash

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Research Output 2011 2019

Aligning technology and institutional readiness: the adoption of innovation

Webster, A. & Gardner, J. G., 2019, In : Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.

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Persuasive bodies: Testimonies of deep brain stimulation and Parkinson's on YouTube

Gardner, J., Warren, N., Addison, C. & Samuel, G., 2019, In : Social Science and Medicine. 222, p. 44-51 8 p.

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Psychedelic-assisted therapies: The past, and the need to move forward responsibly

Gardner, J., Carter, A., O'Brien, K. & Seear, K., 1 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Drug Policy. 70, p. 94-98 5 p.

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Anticipating the clinical adoption of regenerative medicine: Building institutional readiness in the UK

Gardner, J. G., Webster, A. & Barry, J., 2018, In : Regenerative Medicine. 13, 1, p. 29–39 11 p.

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Open Access

Learning from Deep Brain Stimulation: The fallacy of techno-solutionism and the need for ‘regimes of care’

Gardner, J. G. & Warren, N. L., 15 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. p. 1-19 19 p.

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Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Contribution to conference

Neurosocieties Symposium

Paul Mason (Organiser), Narelle Louise Warren (Organiser), John Grant Gardner (Organiser), Adrian Nicholas Carter (Organiser)
25 Aug 2017

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Press / Media

The enduring significance of Pride

Brady Robards, Kirsten McLean & John Gardner


1 media contribution

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