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