Social Sciences Early-Career Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Early Career 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 Felicity Boardman (Chair)

University of Warwick

Dr Hareth Al-Janabi

University of Birmingham

Dr Jennifer Chubb

University of York

Professor Lisa Dikomitis

University of Kent

Professor Seeromanie Harding

King's College London

Professor Helen Lambert

University of Bristol

Dr Tereza Hendl

University of Augsburg, Germany

Dr Daniel Holman

University of Sheffield

Professor Marcia Inhorn

Yale University, USA

Dr Dorcas Kamuya

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya

Dr Nambusi Kyegombe

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Dr Mark McCann

University of Glasgow

Dr Michelle Pentecost

King's College London

Professor Muireann Quigley

University of Birmingham

Dr Arianne Shahvisi

Brighton and Sussex Medical School


Helen Stanton

Funding Manager, Funding Management

Wellcome Trust