Kari Lancaster

Staff details

Kari Lancaster


Professor and University Research Leader: Health, Science, and Planetary Change




k.lancaster (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Kari Lancaster works at the intersections of science and technology studies (STS) and public health sociology.

Kari is Professor in Sociology and University Research Leader – Health, Science & Planetary Change, at Goldsmiths. She also holds honorary appointments at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Burnet Institute. Informed by science and technology studies, her work focuses on how science is done, and how knowledge in and of health is made and challenged, in times of change, to produce insights into the governance of ‘crisis’, health, and dis-ease in the twenty-first century.

Kari's current research explores the complex interfaces of evidence and intervention, especially in relation to drugs, infectious disease, viral elimination, and outbreak. She is undertaking various projects examining technologies of epidemic intelligence (including modelling and wastewater analysis), the elimination of hepatitis C and HIV, Long Covid care and recovery, and the effects of harm reduction and treatment technologies.

Kari is an Editor of Science, Technology & Human Values.

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Laws (hons), University of Sydney
  • Master of Public Policy (with Merit), University of Sydney
  • PhD, University of New South Wales

Publications and research outputs


Treloar, Carla; Lancaster, Kari; Rhodes, Tim; Lafferty, Lise; Bryant, Joanne and Rance, Jake. 2024. The ‘missing’ in the ‘endgame’ of hepatitis C elimination: A qualitative study in New South Wales, Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 43(5), pp. 1256-1263. ISSN 0959-5236

Harrison, Mia; Rhodes, Tim and Lancaster, Kari. 2024. Object-oriented interviews in qualitative longitudinal research. Qualitative Research, ISSN 1468-7941

Lancaster, Kari; Gendera, Sandra; Treloar, Carla; Rhodes, Tim; Shabazi, Jeyran; Byrne, Marianne; Nielsen, Suzanne; Degenhardt, Louisa and Farrell, Michael. 2024. Tinkering with care: Implementing extended-release buprenorphine depot treatment for opioid dependence. International Journal of Drug Policy, 126, 104359. ISSN 0955-3959