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Dr Simon Lock

Dr Simon Lock

Associate Professor

Dept of Science & Technology Studies

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2007

Research summary

Their research focus is interdisciplinary examining the public dimensions of science and technology from sociological, historical, cultural and policy-related perspectives. Past work has largely focused on the public understanding of science, science communication, public engagement with science and technology. More recent work considers the broader cultural dimensions of science, technology and medicine. In particular, the development of the nascent field of ‘Queer STS’ which aims to unpick the heteronormative, gendered and racialised architectures within and around cultures of science and knowledge production.

Current research projects include an investigation of LGBTQ+ staff experiences of academic spaces, a project on heteronormativity in STEMM and inclusive science communication.

Past funded research projects include INGRAINED an RCUK grant (held jointly between STS, OVPR and the Public Engagement Unit) which is exploring how to widen decision-making on research strategies within UCL beyond traditional experts. An ESRC funded project on public consultation, knowledge and nationally significant infrastructure projects. I have also worked on projects concerned with public engagement with science and technology for the Royal Society, the RSA and the Government Office of Science and has worked for the Wellcome Trust on researcher attitudes to public engagement.

 

Teaching summary

Simon teaches a variety of modules in science communication, public engagement and science, technology and identity across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the STS department They also convene the 'Introduction to Critical Sexualities' module for the MA in Gender and Representation. 

For many years they also taught public engagement with research skills for the Graduate School.

He has completed a Certificate in Postgraduate Teaching and Learning at the Institute of Education, London. 

 

Education

Institute of Education
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education | 2013
University of London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
Birkbeck College
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2001
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2000

Biography

Dr Simon J Lock is an Associate Professor in Science Communication and Governance in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at UCL. They are currently also Director of qUCL, UCL’s research centre on gender and sexual diversity. research focuses on science in public, the governance of science, and the sociology of science.  As Director of qUCL, they develop and chair academic seminars for the Queer Space Researsch Forum, run conferences and public engagement events showcasing UCL- based research on gender and sexual diversity alongside national and international work. Facilitate and foster research collaborations with UCL academics and external LGBTQ+ organisations

 


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