Nicola MarksDr Nicola Marks

BA Natural Sciences Part II Genetics (Cambridge)
MSc by Research Human Genetics (Edinburgh)
PhD Social Studies of Science (Edinburgh)

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Nicola Marks came to Australia and the University of Wollongong in 2009 after completing a PhD and post-doc at the University of Edinburgh on public participation in stem cell research. She is a lecturer in the Science and Technology Studies (STS) Program. She has a background in Human Genetics and Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. Her research interests include public engagement in science, and social and political aspects of science (especially gender and power dimensions of new reproductive technologies, and the role of lay people in decision-making about science).


Nicola teaches in the Science and Technology Studies programme, with particular interests in social aspects of genetics, biotechnology and biomedicine. 

Courses usually taught and/or coordinated: 

  • STS100 - Knowledge, Culture and Social Change: Science, Technology and Society
  • STS 216/8 - Environment in Crisis
  • STS 250/1 - Social Aspects of Genetics and Biotechnology
  • STS 288 (guest lectures) - Risk, Media and Communication
  • STS 320 - New Biosciences and the Body 
  • STS 399 - Research Topics in Science and Technology Studies
  • PHIL 380 - Bioethics 


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Selected Publications

  • Marks NJ (forthcoming 2013) ‘Speech Acts and Performances of Scientific Citizenship: Examining How Scientists Talk about Therapeutic Cloning. Public Understanding of Science.
  • Marks NJ (2012) ‘Cyborg Stem Cells in Public: Deconstructing and Taking Responsibility for Categorizations’. New Genetics & Society 31(4): 359-84.
  • Marks, NJ (2011) ‘Science Fiction, Cultural Knowledge and Rationality: How Stem Cell Researchers Talk about Reproductive Cloning’ in Ferber, S and Wilde, S (eds.) The Body Divided: Human Beings and Human 'Material' in the History of Medical Science, London, Ashgate.
  • Marks, NJ (2011) ‘Stem Cell Researchers Trust, Ambivalence and Reflexivity: Opportunities for Improved Science-Public Relations?’ Science and Public Policy 38(7): 541-54.
  • Marks, NJ (2010) ‘Defining Stem Cells? Scientists and Their Classifications of Nature’. The Sociological Review, 58 (s1), 32-50; also in Chapter 3 in: Parry S and Dupré J (eds) Nature After The Genome, Oxford: Blackwell
  • Marks NJ (2009) ‘Public Understanding of Genetics: The Deficit Model’. Based on an entry by Jon Turney. In: Encyclopedia Of Life Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester  

Research interests

Nicola is happy to supervise projects on a number of areas within STS including the following:

  • Social aspects of science and technology (including the Sociology Of Scientific Knowledge)
  • Public engagement in science and public participation in developing countries and in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Scientific citizenship and representations of science
  • Power and authority
  • Novel public engagement techniques
  • New scientific developments and contentious issues
  • Discourses of science
  • Expertise
  • Sociology of death and ageing
  • Gender and science
Last reviewed: 6 March, 2019