My name is Greg Hollin and I’m a Wellcome Research Fellow based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Leeds – before this I was a lecturer in social theory at the same school. Before that I was based in the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham.

I’m interested in the sociology of science and medicine and my work is largely focused around two areas. Firstly, I’ve studied the role of cognitive psychology and neuroscience in emerging diagnoses. Much of my research here has focused upon autism but my current project (see below) is examining Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the context of contact sports. Secondly, I’m interested in new materialism and more-than-human research. I’ve examined these questions in relation to of the consolidation of Beagles as a breed of choice within laboratories but am also working on other cases.


2010 – 2013     Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham
PhD in Science & Technology Studies
Dissertation: “Social Order and Disorder in Autism
2007  2008     School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
Master of Research Methods
2004 – 2007     School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
Bachelor of Science

Other Publications

Note: The links in the titles are to open access versions of the papers. On some occasions the link is to the CORE repository, on others to the journal page. 
·         Hollin, G. & Pilnick, A. (2018). The categorisation of resistance: Interpreting failure to follow a proposed line of action in the diagnosis of autism amongst young adults. Sociology of Health and Illness, 40 (7), 1215-1232. [Joint first authorship.]
·         Giraud, E., Hollin, G., Potts, T., & Forsyth, I. (2018). A feminist menagerie. Feminist Review, 118 (1), 61-79.
·         Hollin, G. (2017). Failing, hacking, passing: Autism, entanglement and the ethics of transformation. Biosocieties, 12 (4), 611-633.
·         Hollin, G., Forsyth, I., Giraud, EHS., & Potts, T. (2017). (Dis)entangling Barad: Materialisms and ethics. Social Studies of Science, 47(6), 918-941.
·         Hollin, G & Giraud, EHS. (2017). Charisma and the clinic. Social Theory and Health, 15 (2), 223-240.
·         Hollin, G. (2017). Autistic heterogeneity: Linking uncertainties and indeterminacies. Science as Culture, 26 (2), 209-231.
·         Hollin, G. (July 2016) Social Studies of Autism. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0026603
·         Giraud, EHS. & Hollin, G. (2016). Care, laboratory beagles, and an affective utopia. Theory, Culture and Society, 33 (4), 27-49. [Joint first authorship.]
·         Pearce, W., & Hollin, GJS. (2015). Reply to clarity of meaning in an IPCC press conference. Nature Climate Change, 5, 963. [Joint first authorship.]
·         Hollin, GJS. & Pilnick, A. (2015). Infancy, autism, and the emergence of a socially disordered body. Social Science and Medicine, 143, 279-286.
·         Hollin, GJS. & Pearce, W. (2015). Tension between scientific certainty and meaning complicates communication of IPCC reports. Nature Climate Change, 5, 753-756. [Joint first authorship.]
·         Hollin, GJS. (2014). Constructing a social subject: Autism and human sociality in the 1980s. History of the Human Sciences, 27 (4), 98-115.
·         Hollin, GJS. & Larkin, M. (2011). The language and policy of care and parenting: Understanding the uncertainty about key players’ roles in foster care provision. Children and Youth Services Review, 33 (11), 2198-2206.
·         Hollin, GJS. & Hollin, CR. (2009). Psychology in its place. Psychology Teaching Review, 15 (1), 55-60.
·         Hollin GJS., & Derbyshire SWG. (2009). Cold pressor reduces phobic fear but fear does not reduce pain. The Journal of Pain, 10 (10), 1058-1064.
·         Hollin, G. & Pilnick, A. (Forthcoming). Title tbc. In: A Witeska-Młynarczyk. Antropologia Psychiatrii Dzieci i Młodzieży: Teksty Wybrane [‘Anthropology of Psychiatry in Children and Adolescents: Selected Texts’]. Warsaw: Oficyna Naukowa. [Polish translation of: Hollin, GJS. & Pilnick, A. (2015). Infancy, autism, and the emergence of a socially disordered body. Social Science and Medicine, 143, 279-286.]
·         Giraud, EHS. & Hollin, GJS. (2017). ‘Laboratory Beagles and Affective Co-Productions of Knowledge’. In: M Bastian, O Jones, Moore, N., & E Roe (eds). Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds. London: Routledge.
·         Hollin, G. (Forthcoming). Review: Stephen T. Casper; Delia Gavrus (Editors). The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, Therapy. viii + 310 pp., figs., bibl., index. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2017. £95 (cloth). Isis.
·         Hollin, G. (2017). Both maker and writer: Steve Silberman and the history of autism. Biosocieties. (Essay review of: Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter about People Who Think Differently, Steve Silberman, Allen & Unwin, 2015, pp.534.), 12 (4), 635-640.
·         Hollin, G. (2017). Review: Jennifer S. Singh, Multiple Autisms: spectrums of advocacy and genomic science, Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. New Genetics and Society, 36 (4), 404-405.
·         Hollin, G. (2017). Brave new world: Eugenics, discipline formation, and the biosocial. (Essay review of: Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity from Eugenics to Epigenetics, Maurizio Meloni, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp.284.), Science as Culture, 26 (3), 413-417.
·         Hollin, G. (2017). Review: Andrew Scull, Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine. London: Thames & Hudson. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39 (6), 980-981.
·         Giraud, E. & Hollin, G. (2016). Review: Thom van Dooren’s Flight Ways, New York: Columbia. Somatosphere. Available: http://somatosphere.net/2016/06/thom-van-doorens-flight-ways-life-and-loss-at-the-end-of-extinction.html
·         Hollin, G & Giraud, E. (2016). Jamie Lorimer, Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Theory, Culture & Society. Available: http://www.theoryculturesociety.org/review-of-jamie-lorimers-wildlife-in-the-anthropocene-by-gregory-hollin-and-eva-giraud/
·         Hollin, GJS. (2016). To obey and to tell: Review of Foucault, M., 2014. On the Government of Living: Lectures at the Collège de France 1979-1980, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. History of the Human Sciences, 29 (1), 123-127.
·         Hollin, GJS. (2014). Martyn Pickersgill and Ira Van Keulen (eds), Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 18 (2), 217-219.
·         Hollin, GJS (2012). Fight the (Bio)Power. Science as Culture, 21 (4), 566-572. (Essay and reviews of: Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health and Illness in the U.S.. Edited by Adele E. Clarke, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Ruth Fosket, Jennifer R. Fishman and Janet K. Shim and Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies. Systems. Technologies. Neil Gerlach, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Rebecca Sullivan and Priscilla L. Walton.)




I recently (September 2018) commenced a Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project seeks to explore the increasing anxiety about the risks associated with concussion suffered during sporting activities. These fears are related to ‘Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy’ (CTE), a recently named form of dementia caused by blows to the head. Given the number of sports with a risk of CTE, there are increasing concerns about a ‘silent epidemic’ of dementias which has led to calls for technological innovation, rule change, and legislation to ward against the disease.


This project involves fieldwork in three sporting contexts in order to understand CTE. It considers how practitioners understand themselves, their brains, and their conduct given the possibility of brain injury and how knowledge of the brain, dementia, class, race, and gender shape one another. Findings from the project will contribute to our understanding of CTE as an emerging diagnosis and how it affects athletes and sporting practice.




My work on autism tried to understand how the condition came to be understood (within certain disciplines) as a form of ‘social disorder’ and has sought to shown that neuroscience and biomedicine draw upon particular notions of the ‘social’ in order to understand the condition. My ongoing research into autism has continued to engage with these questions with a particular focus upon how autism is mediated through various forms of diagnostic, emerging, and mundane technologies.




Through a number of collaboratory pieces I’ve sought to explore the social world as something which is ‘more than human’ in its composition – whilst also exploring the theoretical work in feminist technoscience which underpinning these claims. Much of this research is centred upon laboratory beagles but it would probably be fair to call this work ‘eclectic’.


·         Member of the British Sociological Association
·         Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

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