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Dr Aleksandra Stelmach

Dr Aleksandra Stelmach

Postdoctoral Research Associate

+44 (0) 1392 72-

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.


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