Social Sciences Discovery Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Career Development Awards and Wellcome Discovery Awards.

Its remit covers applications that aim to transform understandings of health, healthcare, and wellbeing in their social, economic, and political contexts. It includes all disciplines in the social sciences and bioethics, such as (but not limited to): sociology; anthropology; economics; human geography; international development and global health; law and socio-legal studies; science and technology studies. It includes all methodologies and approaches, as long as the aim is to generate new knowledge and understandings related to health. Examples include, but are not limited to: ethnography and participant observation; interviews and focus groups; surveys and questionnaires; document analysis; secondary analysis of quantitative and/or qualitative data-sets; discrete choice experiments; economic modelling. 

Examples include:

  • research on experiences of health and healthcare, health practice and/or policy, and the generation of medical knowledge
  • research on the development, implementation, and reception of health-related policy at a local, national, international, or global level, relating to any geographical location
  • conceptual and/or empirical work on bioethics, and ethical challenges in medicine, healthcare, and medical research
  • the development of new methodologies, techniques, and conceptual frameworks in the social sciences and bioethics related to research on health, healthcare, and wellbeing. 


Members are listed below. Additional experts will join the panel as necessary.

Professor Athina Vlachantoni (Chair)

University of Southampton

Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones

Birkbeck, University of London

Professor Gail Davies

University of Exeter

Dr Jantina de Vries

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Jenny Douglas

Open University

Dr Eleonora Fichera

University of Bath

Dr Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra

University of Edinburgh

Professor Daniel Goodley

University of Sheffield

Professor Sarah Green

University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor Stephani Hatch

King's College London

Dr Madeleine Reeves

University of Manchester

Dr Sharifah Sekalala

University of Warwick

Dr Ilke Turkmendag

Newcastle University


Philip Jones

Funding Manager

Wellcome Trust