Dr Greg Hollin

Dr Greg Hollin


Following undergraduate (2004-2007) and masters (2007-2008) degrees in Psychology at The University of Birmingham, I 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 by within psychology and neuroscience.

In 2014 I took up a position as Mildred Blaxter post-doctoral fellow, based in Nottingham and funded by the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, in order to continue my research into autism spectrum conditions. In eary 2016 I 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), I took up the position of Lecturer in Social Theory. In 2018 I was awarded a three-year Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science by The Wellcome Trust.

Research interests


In September 2018 I commenced a Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science, funded by the Wellcome Trust, an entitled Hard Knock Life: Negotiating Concussion and Dementia in Sport. The project seeks to explore the increasing anxiety about the risks associated with concussion suffered during sporting activities. These fears are related to ‘Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy’ (CTE), a recently named form of dementia caused by blows to the head. Given the number of sports with a risk of CTE, there are increasing concerns about a ‘silent epidemic’ of dementias which has led to calls for technological innovation, rule change, and legislation to ward against the disease.

This project involves fieldwork in three sporting contexts in order to understand CTE. It considers how practitioners understand themselves, their brains, and their conduct given the possibility of brain injury and how knowledge of the brain, dementia, class, race, and gender shape one another. Findings from the project will contribute to our understanding of CTE as an emerging diagnosis and how it affects athletes and sporting practice.


My work on autism tried to understand how the condition came to be understood (within certain disciplines) as a form of ‘social disorder’ and has sought to shown that neuroscience and biomedicine draw upon particular notions of the ‘social’ in order to understand the condition. My ongoing research into autism has continued to engage with these questions with a particular focus upon how autism is mediated through various forms of diagnostic, emerging, and mundane technologies.


Through a number of collaboratory pieces I've sought to explore the social world as something which is 'more than human' in its composition - whilst also exploring the theoretical work in feminist technoscience which underpinning these claims. Much of this research is centred upon laboratory beagles but it would probably be fair to call this work 'eclectic'.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • British Sociological Association
  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

Student education

Prior to my research fellowship I was involved in teaching across the school at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In particular, I contributed to teaching in disability studies, gender studies, medical sociology, and social theory. While I continue to teach guest sessions within the school my role is now primarily research based.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>