Department:Economics and International Business
Ruth McNally is Professor of Technological Innovation and Social Change. She is interdisciplinary, and has expertise in the policy and practices of genomics, biosciences, Big Data and digital technologies.
Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University, Prof. McNally worked at Cardiff and Lancaster Universities in the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen). Previously she worked at Brunel University, was Director of Bio-Information (International) Ltd., and consultant to Derwent World Patents on gene and protein sequence data.
She has published four books including Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Profiling, co-authored with Lynch, Cole and, Jordan, and 2011 winner of a Distinguished Publication Award by the American Sociological Association. She is an editorial board member of: New Genetics and Society; Life Sciences, Society and Policy; and Big Data and Society.
For descriptions of our current projects, please see our Faculty research page.
Please see the research interests and projects above for the topics Ruth is interested in supervising
Mackenzie, A., McNally, R. Post-archival genomics and the bulk logistics of DNA sequences. BioSocieties.
Southern, J., Ellis, R., Ferrario, M.A., McNally, R., Dillon, R., Simm, W., Whittle, J., 2014. Imaginative labour and relationships of care: Co-designing prototypes with vulnerable communities. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 84, pp.131–142.
Mackenzie, A., McNally, R., 2013. Living multiples: how large-scale scientific data-mining pursues identity and differences. Special Issue. Theory, Culture and Society. 30 (4) pp.72-91.
Valve, H., McNally, R., 2013. Articulating scientific policy advice with PROTEE. Science, Technology and Human Values, 38(4), pp.470-491.
Mackenzie, A, Ellis, R., Frow, E., McNally, R., Waterton, C., Wynne, B., 2013. Classifying, constructing and identifying life: Standards as transformations of “the biological”. Science, Technology and Human Values, 38, pp.701-722.
McNally, R., Mackenzie, A, Hui A.,Tomomitsu J., 2012. Understanding the ‘intensive’ in ‘data intensive research’: Data flows in Next Generation Sequencing and Environmental Networked Sensors. International Journal of Digital Curation, 7(1), pp.81-95.
Lynch M, McNally R. 2010. ‘Forensic DNA databases: The co-production of law and surveillance technology’ in: P. Atkinson, P. and Glasner, M. Lock (eds). Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomics Era. Routledge.
2014. Business Opportunities for Healthy Ageing. Opening Address. International Conference of Innov’embre and Biz4Age, Kortrijk Expo Centre.
2014. Beyond the prototype as endgame: The reshaping of objects and relationships in rapid participatory innovation. For the panel: Inclusive innovation: Contesting inequalities and promoting social justice. At the European Association for the Study of Science and Society (EASST) 2014 Conference: ‘Situating Solidarities: Social challenges for science and technology studies. Nicolas Copernicus University in Torun, Poland.
2014. Life at the interface: Studying interdisciplinarity research in action. For the panel: Rethinking responsibility in interdisciplinary interactions: the role of the social sciences. At the Conference: Transfusion and Transformation: The Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University.
2014. Rubbish metrics and genomic idiots: Data-intensive provocations. Goldsmiths College London University. Part of Data Practices Seminar Series.
2013. Everything is in the data: Reading the contemporary DNA archives. For the panel: Socialising Big Data: the vulnerabilities of digital data objects. At ESRC CRESC Annual Conference 2013: In/vulnerabilities and social change: Precarious lives and experimental knowledge. School of Oriental and African Studies, London.