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Dr Maria Fannin

Dr Maria Fannin

Dr Maria Fannin
B.A.(Kentucky), M.A., Ph.D.(Wash.)

Reader in Human Geography

Office 2.8N
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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+44 (0) 117 928 8928


My research interests include feminist theoretical approaches to health and new medical technologies and empirical research on the ‘tissue economies’ of health and medicine. Current research projects include a collaborative study on the making of the placenta as a scientific object in contemporary midwifery practice and medical research. I am also interested in the social and governmental dimensions of pregnancy and childbirth, and more recently, the intersections of motherhood and entrepreneurialism in the UK.


At the undergraduate level, I currently teach a final year (Year 3) unit on biopolitics and the bioeconomy, specifically around the uses of the human body in the life sciences. We read key texts on the blood and tissue economy, the emergence of commercial and public biobanks of human tissue, conceptual approaches to biocapital, experimentation in the pharmaceutical industry and benefit-sharing for tissue donors.

At the Masters level, I co-teach a unit on 'Affect and Biopolitics' that focuses on the recent 'neuro' turn in geography and philosophy. We consider how conceptual interest in Deleuzian affect theory and biopolitical writings inspired by Foucault pose critical questions about the nature of the sovereign subject.



  • gender
  • feminist theory
  • STS
  • biobanking
  • human tissue donation

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