Dr Beth Kewell
Senior Lecturer in Digital Economy and Director of Education for SITE
Beth Kewell joined Exeter Business School in October 2018 as a Research Fellow allied to the Initiative for the Digital Economy at Exeter, (INDEX). Beth specialises in interpretative research, positioned at the boundary between innovation management, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and risk analysis. She has previously held posts at the University of Surrey, the University of Stavanger in Norway, the University of York, and Bristol Business School (University of the West of England).
Beth’s current work for INDEX draws on the methodological, epistemic and ethical insights acquired from engaging with the risks – and interpretative challenges- raised by the introduction of digital techniques and technologies into expert contexts and knowledge cultures, including those allied to business. Thus far, Beth’s work for INDEX has focused on interpreting expectations of blockchain adoption and the kinds of technoscientific imagining this involves, including those related to constructs of social good (Kewell and Ward, 2017; Kewell, Adams and Parry, 2017). Most recently, Beth has contributed to thought experiments concerning the future of money, personal data, privacy and the emergence of a digital literacy divide that places these three considerations in a new alignment, raising issues of note for social scientists, theorists of business, and analysts of the Risk Society.
Beth’s past engagement with Risk Society topics includes a co-authored archival study of UK Public Inquiries into iatrogenic incidents in the National Health Service (Kewell and Beck, 2008a) and a modal analysis of reports allied to the BSE Inquiry (Kewell and Beck, 2008b). While employed at the University of York, Beth co-investigated a European Union funded project (REMeDiE) concerning the growth and sustainability of stem cell science and the Regenerative Medicine industry (Kewell, 2013; Kewell and Beck 2011; Kewell et al., 2011).
In 2014, Beth co-authored a monograph for World Scientific Publishing on the intellectual and epistemological history of risk entitled Risk: A Study of Its Origins, History and Politics (with Matthias Beck).
BA, PGCTHLE, PhD (Brunel)
- Blockchain for Good (B4G)
- Personal data, privacy technology and the Ontology of Money
- Innovation, Future Studies and the Sociology of Expectations
- Science and Technology Studies (STS)
- Challenges confronting the Risk Society
- The philosophy of risk and uncertainty
- Qualitative methods, interpretivism and modal forms of discourse analysis
External Engagement and Impact
- Presentation to Mathematics for Industry: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, The School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester, 8th of September, 2018.
- Co-facilitated ‘Innovative Technologies and One Health – a Panel Discussion‘ (with Alex Cook, Head of VHive), held at the 5th International One Health Congress, Saskatoon Canada, 22-25th of June, 2018.
- ‘Overseeing the ‘Trust Machine’ in International Development: A Responsible Innovation Agenda.’ Paper to the Ox-Chain Workshop: Blockchain and the Global South, Coin Street Conference Centre, London, 22nd of May.
- ‘Blockchain: Is it Going to be Any Good for Us?’ Food & Farming Futures Conference 2018: Innovative & Disruptive Technologies for Agri-food Supply Chains, The Slate, University of Warwick, 1st and 2nd of May.
- Joint Keynote Speaker with Matthias Beck, ERRN 7th European Risk Conference, University of York 15th-16th of September.
- ‘Analysing Risk, Contemplating Leadership: Reflections on an Executive-Level Interview Project.’ An invited contribution to Strategies for Advocacy, Knowledge Transfer, and Tangible Research Networking, 27th of November, 2015, The Willis Building, Lime Street, London (ESRC Seminar Series: Lessons in the Management of People Risk: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach).
- Invited Speaker and Panel Chair - 12th Annual Transatlantic Science Week, Washington D.C., 9th- 12th of November, 2013. Individual Presentation: ‘The Role of Reassurance in Risk Analysis: An Ethical Discussion Point.’
- Book presentation- Risk: A Study of Its Origins, History, And Politics. SVT Centre, University of Bergen, 5th of September, 2013.
- ‘Regenerative Medicine: An Industry at the Crossroads’ – with Matthias Beck, Queen’s University Management School, Belfast, 2012.
- ‘Risk Management in the Age of Inquiry.’ A presentation to the ESRC Seminar on Risk and Resilience: Risk Management in the Public Sector. The York Management School, University of York: 10th of June, 2011.
- Panel Member- Bringing Regenerative Medicine to the Clinic: Trials and Tribulations in Europe and Beyond. Regenerative Medicine in Europe (REMEDiE) Closing Conference, 18th-19th of April, 2011, The University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain.
- Panel Member -Regenerative Medicine in the 21c: Managing Uncertainty at The Global Level, The Pyle Center, University of Madison -Wisconsin, USA, 9th-10th of June, 2010.
- Kewell, B. and M. Beck ‘The Shifting Sands of Uncertainty: Risk Construction and BSE/vCJD – Making the Case for a Socio-Linguistic Paradigm in Risk Research.’ Presentation to the Paradigms of Risk Analysis and Uncertainty in Policy Research Workshop held at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), 14th-15th of May, 2010.
- Kewell, B. ‘Beyond the Bull Market: Biocapital and Regenerative Medicine in a Changing Financial World.’ Presentation to Beyond Pattison: Challenges to Stem Cell Translation and Policy. Wellcome Trust, London, 7th-8th of May, 2009.
- Kewell, B., Mkumbuzi, W., Beck, M., and P. Linsley ‘Accounting for the Costs of Regenerative Medicine: A Chasm Too Far?’ REMEDiE Workshop, Tulbingerkogel Hotel and Conference Centre, Vienna, Austria, 7th-10th October, 2009.
- Kewell, B. ‘Uncommon Problems of the Heart: Talk of Risk in Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery.' Presentation to the Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent, 12th December, 2008.
- Kewell, B. ‘Language Games and Tragedy: The BRI Disaster Revisited.’ London School of Economics, CARR, 1st of May, 2007.
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