Mike Upton

Staff details

PositionVisiting Research Fellow
Department Sociology
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Mike Upton is a Post-Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre for Invention and Social Process, and the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths. His PhD focused on the contested intersections of globalizing intellectual property regimes and transnational campaigns for access to medicines to treat HIV/AIDS.

His current project funded by the British Academy considers the disputes surrounding the ‘invention’ of AZT, the first drug approved for HIV treatment.

Trained in qualitative methods, Mike’s research interests span a broad range of disciplines including Sociology, Cultural and Medical Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, Global Health, Political Economy as well as Cultural Studies, with a focus on Sexuality and Gender studies.

Academic Qualifications

PhD Social Anthropology, University of Manchester, 2012.

MRes Research Methods, University of Manchester, 2007.

MSc Human Rights, London School of Economics, 2004.

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, 2001.

After receiving his PhD in 2012, Mike worked in the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), and the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester. In 2013 he was awarded a Mildred-Blaxter Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Research Interests

Global Health; HIV/AIDS; Medical Anthropology/Sociology; Sociology of Health and Illness; Science and Technology Studies; Cultural Studies; Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property; Global Political Economy; Gender and Sexuality; Post-colonial and Critical Race Studies; Intimacy.