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Shane Doheny

Dr Shane Doheny

Research Associate, Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund

Cardiff Business School















  • 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.

Currently, I research how the Cardiff Capital Region's 'Challenge Fund' stimulates the development of innovative solutions to societal problems in the region. This is very much a formative evaluation of the challenge fund, and involves tracking the identification and development of innovations in response to challenges, to critically reflect on the experience with the aim of contributing to the overall sustainability of this kind of partnership.

My recent work focused on how patients made decisions about genetic and prenatal tests, when the outcome of the test was of more use to the patient than to clinicans. This project fouced on the experiences of patients in the predictive genetics clinic and in fetal medicine, and explored 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.


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. I was a co-investigator on an ESRC project called Framing the Trajectories of Decision Making in Predictive and Pre-natal Genetic and Genomic Tests. Currently, I act as a research associate on the Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund project.

Honours and awards

  • "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

Academic positions

  • 2021 - Present Research Associate, Centre for Innovation Policy Research, Cardiff University
  • 2018 – 2021 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, Swansea University.
  • 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