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Shane Doheny

Dr Shane Doheny

Research Associate, Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund

Ysgol Busnes Caerdydd















  • Powell, M., Doheny, S., Greener, I. and Mills, N. 2009. Introduction: Managing the 'unmanageable consumer'. In: Simmons, R., Powell, M. and Greener, I. eds. The Consumer in Public Services: Choice, Values and Difference. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 1-18.


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I am a researcher with long standing research interests in knowledge, ethics, citizenship, ageing, medical sociology, and citical theory. I began my research career in social policy, and have gained a great deal of experience through work in health policy, management research, human geography, the sociology of ageing, and in the sociology of medicine.

My current work is on how patients make decisions about genetic and prenatal tests, when the outcome of the test will be of more use to the patient than for clinical management of the condition. This involves research in genetics, pre-natal care focusing on the use of knowledge and on ethics in patient decision making.

My continuing interest in knowledge, ethics and decision making takes me in various new directions. The context changes, but the issues remain, hence my continuing interest in critical theory as a forum for exploring the meaning and implications of empirical insights.

Much of my work involves the use of novel research methods to explore research issues. Hence in recent years, I have been using a combination of clinical ethnographies and of personal diaries as a way of documenting experience.


I began my research career with a focus in both theory and the empirical. I completed my MA in Sociology in Cork, focusing on Habermas's discourse ethics and then took up my first role as a research assistant in Luton conducting a small study of housing and homelessness. My career has brought me to work in a wide range of departments, but I have always maintained my commitments to engaging with empirical data mindful of the role and insights of philosophy and social theory.

I have had the privelage of working on a wide range of large and stimulating research projects. This includes a project as part of the ESRC's Cultures of Consumption programme, the Grey and Pleasant Land? project and the Recontacting in Mainstreaming Genetics project. Currently, I am engaged in the Framing the Trajectories of Decision Making in Predictive and Pre-natal Genetic and Genomic Tests project.

Anrhydeddau a dyfarniadau

  • “Technologies of Prognostication and the Communication of Uncertainty in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit”, Welsh Government, (£10,634), Named researcher, 01/03/19 – 31/08/19
  • “The UK/Japan Genetics and Genomics Research Network”, ESRC/EPSRC, (£38,183), Principal Investigator, 01/02/19 – 31/05/20
  • “Technologies of Prognostication and the Communication of Uncertainty in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit”, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, Bristol University, (£833,15), Named collaborator, 01/05/19 – 31/08/19
  • “Framing the trajectories of decision-making in the context of predictive and prenatal genetic and genomic tests”, ESRC, Co-Investigator, 01/02/18 – 31/01/21
  • “Independent Review on the Commissioning and Provision of Social Services to Older People in the City & County of Swansea”, Sponsor: City and County of Swansea (£26,000), co principal investigator with Dr Rod Hick, Duration: 1/6/14 – 31/8/14
  • “Ordinary environmentalism: Community gardening in urban places”, (£8,500), named researcher on a bid for college research funds, Cardiff University
  • “Civil society and the public sphere in the environment of a transformed healthcare system” Sponsor: Welsh Assembly Government (£9,992), principal investigator, Duration: 01/10/2010 - 28/02/2011

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2018 – present Research Associate, Institute for Medical Genetics, Cardiff University
  • 2017 – 2018  Research Associate, WISERD, Cardiff University
  • 2015 – 2017  Research Associate, Institute for Medical Genetics, Cardiff University
  • 2014 – 2015  Higher Research Officer, National Assembly for Wales
  • 2014 – 2014  Independent research consultant
  • 2010 – 2014  Research Associate – School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University
  • 2007 – 2010  Research Officer/Assistant Lecturer – School of Health Sciences, SwanseaUniversity.
  • 2004 – 2006  Research Assistant/Assistant Lecturer – Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath
  • 2002 – 2004  Research Assistant - Management Research Centre, University of Bristol