Project Lead


The project lead is Greg Hollin, a Wellcome Research Fellow in Humanities and Social Science who is based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.

Following undergraduate (2004-2007) and masters (2007-2008) degrees in Psychology at The University of Birmingham, Greg undertook a PhD at the Institute for Science and Society (ISS) in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham (2010-2013). This PhD was a socio-historical investigation of the ways in autism has been understood within psychology and neuroscience. In 2014, Greg took up a position as Mildred Blaxter post-doctoral fellow, funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, in order continue researching autism spectrum conditions.

In early 2016, Greg received research funding from the Wellcome Trust’s Strategic Support Fund, and moved to the School of Sociology and Social Policy at University of Leeds. At the conclusion of this fellowship (2016), Greg took up the position of Lecturer in Social Theory within the school but now works full time on the Hard Knock Life project.

Further information about Greg’s work – and open access downloads to work concerning topics other than concussion in sport – can be found through his H-Commons website:

Other team members

Two mentors provide guidance for Greg’s work on the Hard Knock Life project.

Professor Anne Kerr works in the fields of Science and Technology Studies and Sociology, with a special focus upon gender, genetics and biomedicine. Anne is Director of the Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice. Previously, Anne was Pro Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (2008-2011) and Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy (2014-2017). Anne currently holds a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator award in Society and Ethics (2015-2020), jointly with Sarah Cunningham-Burley (Edinburgh), and is researching how patienthood is changing in the post-genomics era, focusing in particular upon cancer.

Dr Karen Throsby is an associate professor whose research explores the intersections of gender, technology, the body and health, with a particular focus on the mundane processes, technologies and practices of bodily transformation. Karen has explored these topics across a range of contexts, including the new reproductive technologies, obesity surgery, and extreme endurance swimming. Most recently, Karen has been working on a Leverhulme Funded project entitled Sugar Rush which explores the social life of sugar in the context of a ‘war on obesity’. Karen is also director of The Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.