Edison Bicudo

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    I am a sociologist and geographer interested in the social and spatial dimensions of health technologies and medicines.

    My studies have covered the following topics: pharmaceuticals, stem cell research, clinical trials, genomics/bioinformatics, neuroimaging, 3D bioprinting, and advanced therapies (cell and gene therapies).

    My interests include:

    1. Regulation, governance, and public policies in health technologies and medicines
    2. Digital resources and software in health technologies and medicines development and manufacture, including the implementation of approaches such as artificial intelligence and digital twins
    3. Political economy of health technologies and medicines, including tensions between various players involved, such as companies and state organisations
    4. The financialisation of health technology and medicines development and manufacture
    5. Cultural, cognitive, and linguistic aspects of health technology and medicines development

    On the theoretical side, my studies explore the interface between sociology and cognitive linguistics.

    On the methodological/epistemological side, I am beginning to explore ways to develop the intuitive and bodily aspects of knowledge production, as these have been to a large degree neglected in academic life.


    I am a sociologist and geographer from Brazil.

    My undergraduate students occurred at the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil.

    I did the Masters Degree at the same university. In parallel, I did a Masters course at University Paris 1, in France.

    In 2012 I completed the PhD at King's College London, in the UK.

    I had postdoctoral positions at the University of Sussex (2019-2021) and at University College London (2021-2023).

    In 2014 I published Pharmaceutical research, democracy and conspiracy (Gower/Routledge). In 2019 I published Neuroimaging, software, and communication (Palgrave Macmillan).

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Globalization and ideology: ethics committees and global clinical trials in South Africa and Brazil, King's College London

    1 Sept 20091 Dec 2012

    Award Date: 1 Dec 2012

    MSc, The marginal upper-circuit: production of medicines and the Brazilian territory, Universidade de São Paulo

    1 Aug 200330 Nov 2006

    Award Date: 30 Nov 2006

    MA, Standards, territories and planning: biotechnological research in the European Union, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

    1 Oct 200130 Jun 2006

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2006

    BSc, Universidade de São Paulo

    1 Mar 199730 Jun 2003

    Award Date: 30 Jun 2003

    External positions

    Research Associate of the Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex

    1 Feb 2020 → …

    Research Associate of the Global Biopolitics Research Centre, King's College London

    1 Feb 2015 → …

    Research Associate of the Centre for Studies on Contemporary Culture (Brazil)

    1 Mar 2014 → …


    • HM Sociology
    • governance
    • regulation
    • public policies
    • ideology
    • cognition
    • health technologies
    • medicines


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