UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Sozudogru, Erman


Mr Sozudogru is STS Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Science.


In my research, I demonstrate diversity by combining History and Philosophy of Science and Science and Technology Studies approaches to understand how scientific practices are organised to achieve particular aims. Furthermore, I provide an in-depth analysis of the current philosophical literature on epistemic pluralism and provide an epistemic thesis on how scientific accounts of the world must be understood with respect to the broader context in which they are developed.

For more information, visit www.ermansozudogru.com

Past education

  • MSc Science, Technology, Medicine and Society - London Centre for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College London (2012-2013)
  • BSc (Hons): Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery - College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee (2007-2012)

Past research experience

  • Internship (2010-2011) at Merck KGaA, Medicinal Chemistry Department in Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Summer placement at Nucleic Acids Research Group, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK
  • Summer Placement at Thalassaemia Laboratory Dr Burhan Nalbantoğlu State Hospital, Nicosia, Cyprus


Recorded 'Challenging Neglect' podcast with Samantha Vanderslott. Challenging Neglect is a podcast series exploring neglected tropical diseases from different perspectives. There has been an increasing interest in these diseases – endemic in the poorest regions of the world – in various fields. The purpose of this podcast is to take a step further in the discourse. In addition to podcasts, we organised two workshops with panels of experts furthering the discussion on Neglected Tropical Diseases. For more information http://challengingneglect.com

PhD Research

In my thesis, I give a philosophical account of pluralities in scientific inquiry. The pluralist argument I present in my work is the rejection of the monist assumption that the aim of science is to provide a single, complete and coherent account of phenomena. Instead, I argue that monist assumptions must be challenged and replaced with the following pluralist tenets: there are multiple aims in science; different approaches have distinct aims, focusing on different aspects of phenomena; and each account is particular to the specific questions and aims of an approach.

In my Ph.D. thesis I focus on current efforts of the World Health Organisation to eliminate Human African Trypanosomiasis – in particular, the development of new anti-parasitic drugs. I argue that drug discovery and development requires a plurality of approaches, each focusing on different aspects of phenomena. The pluralist argument I present here is normative in the sense that scientific inquiry ought to be pluralist (instead of monistic), in which a multiplicity of accounts and approaches is necessary to explain and explore different aspects of phenomena. Moreover, I argue that the plurality of approaches and accounts employed to achieve a certain aim is bounded by pragmatic values. I argue that pragmatic values determine the best way to achieve a specific aim within the broader socio-economic and political context of scientific inquiry. In my thesis, I argue that the extent of plurality in scientific practices involved in developing new drugs to eliminate HAT must be understood with respect to the pragmatic values that define the best way to eliminate HAT in its current socio-economic and political context.

In my thesis, I provide a normative argument for pluralism, challenging monist assumptions about scientific practices and their aims. Moreover, I provide a pragmatic framework within which to understand and explain the extent of pluralities in scientific practices.


  • “Uncertainty in drug discovery: strategies, heuristics and technologies”, Erman Sozudogru, Brendan Clarke, in Uncertainty in Pharmacology ed. Barbra Osimani and Adam La Caze (Forthcoming)
  • EPR Distance Measurements in Deuterated Proteins, Ward, Bowman, Sozudogru, El-Mkami, Owen-Hughes, Norman, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, Volume 207, Issue 1, November 2010, pp. 164-167 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmr.2010.08.002