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Dr Aleksandra Stelmach

Dr Aleksandra Stelmach

Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Aleksandra joined the Business School in 2019 to work with Dr Sarah Hartley on the project examining public communication of gene drive in Africa, Europe, North America and Australasia. More recently, she started working on a project exploring inclusive and international risk assessment of the gene drive technology. 

Aleksandra’s research interests fall at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and science communication, focussing in particular on the meanings and uses of emerging technologies. She has explored metaphors and narratives of reproductive risks in the field of foetal programming and more recently the emergence and popular understandings of the field of epigenetics. Her current work examines public communication of gene drive in comparative perspective, as well as debates surrounding responsible and inclusive communication and engagement with gene drive technology.

Aleksandra is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a PhD in Science and Technology Studies. Her academic background is in social anthropology, European journalism and applied linguistics.  Before joining academia, Aleksandra worked as a news reporter and a health and science editor for major media outlets.

Qualifications

PhD Science and Technology Studies (University of Nottingham)

MSc Social and Cultural Anthropology (UCL)

MA European Journalism (ESJ Lille/University of Warsaw)

MA Applied Linguistics (University of Warsaw)

Research interests

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science communication
  • Discourse and metaphor analysis
  • Socio-cultural approaches to the studies of science, medicine and health

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Nerlich B, Stelmach A (In Press). Gene drive communication: Exploring experts’ lived experience of metaphor use. New Genetics and Society DOI.
Stelmach A, Nerlich B, Hartley S (In Press). Gene drives in the UK, US and Australian press (2015-2019): How a new focus on responsibility is shaping science communication. Science Communication
Russell AW, Stelmach A, Hartley S, Carter L, Raman S (In Press). Opening up, closing down, or leaving ajar? How applications are used in engaging with publics about gene drive. Journal of Responsible Innovation DOI.
Nerlich B, Stelmach A, Ennis C (2020). How to do things with epigenetics: an investigation into the use of metaphors to promote alternative approaches to health and social science, and their implications for interdisciplinary collaboration. SOCIAL SCIENCE INFORMATION SUR LES SCIENCES SOCIALES, 59(1), 59-92. Author URL. DOI.
Müller R, Hanson C, Hanson M, Penkler M, Samaras G, Chiapperino L, Dupré J, Kenney M, Kuzawa C, Latimer J, et al (2017). The biosocial genome? Interdisciplinary perspectives on environmental epigenetics, health and society. EMBO Rep, 18(10), 1677-1682. Author URL. DOI.
Stelmach A, Nerlich B (2015). Metaphors in search of a target: the curious case of epigenetics. New Genetics and Society, 34(2), 196-218. DOI.

Publications by year


In Press

Nerlich B, Stelmach A (In Press). Gene drive communication: Exploring experts’ lived experience of metaphor use. New Genetics and Society DOI.
Stelmach A, Nerlich B, Hartley S (In Press). Gene drives in the UK, US and Australian press (2015-2019): How a new focus on responsibility is shaping science communication. Science Communication
Russell AW, Stelmach A, Hartley S, Carter L, Raman S (In Press). Opening up, closing down, or leaving ajar? How applications are used in engaging with publics about gene drive. Journal of Responsible Innovation DOI.

2020

Nerlich B, Stelmach A, Ennis C (2020). How to do things with epigenetics: an investigation into the use of metaphors to promote alternative approaches to health and social science, and their implications for interdisciplinary collaboration. SOCIAL SCIENCE INFORMATION SUR LES SCIENCES SOCIALES, 59(1), 59-92. Author URL. DOI.

2017

Müller R, Hanson C, Hanson M, Penkler M, Samaras G, Chiapperino L, Dupré J, Kenney M, Kuzawa C, Latimer J, et al (2017). The biosocial genome? Interdisciplinary perspectives on environmental epigenetics, health and society. EMBO Rep, 18(10), 1677-1682. Author URL. DOI.

2015

Stelmach A, Nerlich B (2015). Metaphors in search of a target: the curious case of epigenetics. New Genetics and Society, 34(2), 196-218. DOI.