Dr Kathryn Oliver
of Sociology and Public health
15-17 Tavistock Place
I studied Molecular Biology at UCL (2003). Via a MSc in History of Science, Technology and Medicine (2004), I became interested in broader questions about how scientific knowledge and expertise are constructed, owned and used. My PhD (Manchester, 2012) was half sociology, half public health, exploring social networks of power, influence and evidence-use in public health policymaking.
After postdoctoral positions in Manchester Sociology and Manchester Business School, I held lectureships at UCL and Oxford. I joined LSHTM in December 2017.
I am a social scientist with interests in
- use of evidence in policymaking, especially public health policy
- the structure and function of networks in policy and practice
- evaluation of social interventions and policies, particularly adverse effects
- Research impact and science policy