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‘Synthetic blood’: Entangling politics and biology (2019)
Journal Article
Kent, J., & Meacham, D. (2019). ‘Synthetic blood’: Entangling politics and biology. Body and Society, 25(2), 28-55. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357034X18822076

It is increasingly suggested that shortages in the supply chain for human blood could be met by the development of techniques to manufacture human blood ex vivo. These techniques fall broadly under the umbrella of Synthetic Biology. We examine the bi... Read More about ‘Synthetic blood’: Entangling politics and biology.

Gender dynamics in the donation field: human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding (2018)
Journal Article
Kent, J., Fannin, M., & Dowling, S. (2019). Gender dynamics in the donation field: human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding. Sociology of Health and Illness, 41(3), 567-584. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12803

© 2018 The Authors. Sociology of Health & Illness published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of Foundation for SHIL. This paper examines how gender dynamics shape human tissue donation for research and for human health. Drawing on research inve... Read More about Gender dynamics in the donation field: human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding.

Gender dynamics in the donation field: Human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Kent, J., Fannin, M., & Dowling, S. (2017, December). Gender dynamics in the donation field: Human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding. Paper presented at Deconstructing Donation Conference

Research on blood and organ donation in the UK reveal disparities between the proportions of women and men donating tissues. In this paper, we examine how gender dynamics shape human tissue donation for research and for human health. We consider the... Read More about Gender dynamics in the donation field: Human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding.

Gender dynamics in the donation field: Human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Kent, J., Fannin, M., & Dowling, S. (2017, August). Gender dynamics in the donation field: Human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding. Paper presented at Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference

Research on blood and organ donation in the UK reveal disparities between the proportions of women and men donating tissues. In this paper, we examine how gender dynamics shape human tissue donation for research and for human health. We consider the... Read More about Gender dynamics in the donation field: Human tissue donation for research, therapy and feeding.

Revaluing donor and recipient bodies in the globalised blood economy: Transitions in public policy on blood safety in the United Kingdom (2014)
Journal Article
Busby, H., Kent, J., & Farrell, A. M. (2014). Revaluing donor and recipient bodies in the globalised blood economy: Transitions in public policy on blood safety in the United Kingdom. Health, 18(1), 79-94. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363459313476966

The clinical use of blood has a long history, but its apparent stability belies the complexity of contemporary practices in this field. In this article, we explore how the production, supply and deployment of blood products are socially mediated, dra... Read More about Revaluing donor and recipient bodies in the globalised blood economy: Transitions in public policy on blood safety in the United Kingdom.

Public trust and public bodies: The regulation of the use of human tissue for research in the United Kingdom (2011)
Book Chapter
Kent, J., & Meulen, R. T. (2011). Public trust and public bodies: The regulation of the use of human tissue for research in the United Kingdom. In C. Lenk, J. Sándor, & B. Gordijn (Eds.), Biobanks and Tissue Research, 17-36. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-1673-5_2

A primary purpose of regulation is to secure public trust. In the United Kingdom in the 1990s public trust in those who procured, stored and used human tissues for research or other purposes was severely damaged following controversies about the rete... Read More about Public trust and public bodies: The regulation of the use of human tissue for research in the United Kingdom.

The fetal tissue economy: From the abortion clinic to the stem cell laboratory (2008)
Journal Article
Kent, J. (2008). The fetal tissue economy: From the abortion clinic to the stem cell laboratory. Social Science and Medicine, 67(11), 1747-1756. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.09.027

This paper examines the exchange relationships between women undergoing abortion, the clinicians who procure fetal tissue and stem cell scientists in Britain, and argues that the fetal tissue economy is an important dimension of the gendered bioecono... Read More about The fetal tissue economy: From the abortion clinic to the stem cell laboratory.

Tissue-engineered technologies: Scientific biomedicine, frames of risk and regulatory regime-building in europe (2008)
Journal Article
Faulkner, A., Geesink, I., Kent, J., & Fitzpatrick, D. (2008). Tissue-engineered technologies: Scientific biomedicine, frames of risk and regulatory regime-building in europe. Science as Culture, 17(2), 195-222. https://doi.org/10.1080/09505430802062950

Tissue engineering is one potential arm of the much-heralded regenerative medicine. We use the concepts of technological zone, risk framing and regulatory jurisdiction to analyse what risks are formulated in the zone of tissue engineering and whether... Read More about Tissue-engineered technologies: Scientific biomedicine, frames of risk and regulatory regime-building in europe.

The fetal tissue economy: from the abortion clinic to the stem cell laboratory (2008)
Journal Article
Kent, J. (2008). The fetal tissue economy: from the abortion clinic to the stem cell laboratory. Social Science and Medicine, 67,, 1747-1756

This paper examines the exchange relationships between women undergoing abortion, the clinicians who procure fetal tissue and stem cell scientists in Britain and argues that the fetal tissue economy is an important dimension of the gendered bioeconom... Read More about The fetal tissue economy: from the abortion clinic to the stem cell laboratory.

Performing women: The gendered dimensions of the UK new research economy (2007)
Journal Article
Fletcher, C., Boden, R., Kent, J., & Tinson, J. (2007). Performing women: The gendered dimensions of the UK new research economy. Gender, Work and Organization, 14(5), 433-453. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2007.00359.x

This article explores the development and maintenance of familiar gendered employment patterns and practices in UK universities, which are exemplars of new modes of knowledge production, commodification and marketization. After discussing in detail t... Read More about Performing women: The gendered dimensions of the UK new research economy.

Towards governance of human tissue engineered technologies in Europe: Framing the case for a new regulatory regime (2006)
Journal Article
Geesink, I., Faulkner, A., FitzPatrick, D., Kent, J., Faulkner, A., Geesink, I., & Fitzpatrick, D. (2006). Towards governance of human tissue engineered technologies in Europe: Framing the case for a new regulatory regime. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 73(1), 41-60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2005.06.006

The development of human tissue engineered technologies, located in the context of wider debates around the governance of biotechnology, raises important issues. This paper explores these issues by examining theoretical approaches to the regulation o... Read More about Towards governance of human tissue engineered technologies in Europe: Framing the case for a new regulatory regime.

Ethics and governance of research (2005)
Presentation / Conference
Kent, J., & Sellman, D. (2005, January). Ethics and governance of research. Paper presented at Centre for Critical Theory Members Conference - What is Research?

Lay experts and the politics of breast implants (2003)
Journal Article
Kent, J. (2003). Lay experts and the politics of breast implants. Public Understanding of Science, 12(4), 403-421. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662503124005

This paper discusses the controversy around breast implants in the United States and Europe. It focuses on the emergence of consumer and support groups for women and offers an analysis of the role they have played in recent policy developments in UK... Read More about Lay experts and the politics of breast implants.

Regulating human implant technologies in Europe - Understanding the new era in medical device regulation (2002)
Journal Article
Faulkner, A., & Kent, J. (2002). Regulating human implant technologies in Europe - Understanding the new era in medical device regulation. Health, Risk and Society, 4(2), 189-209. https://doi.org/10.1080/13698570220137060

It has been suggested that we are entering a new era in medical device regulation in Europe. This paper discusses the implementation of the European Medical Devices Directive (EMDD) in EU member states with a particular focus on the UK. Case studies... Read More about Regulating human implant technologies in Europe - Understanding the new era in medical device regulation.