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Dr Elizabeth Caldwell joined Huddersfield in July 2014 as an Academic Skills Tutor in the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Beth’s research involves social and cultural studies of science and medicine, with a particular focus on education.  Her current projects examine disciplinary cultures and boundaries, the representation of gender in STEMM, and visual culture in science. 

Beth is a graduate of University College London where she successfully completed her PhD in Anthropological Genetics and her thesis was accepted without change.  She also holds two first class BSc (Hons) degrees in Human Sciences and Herbal Medicine. 

After finishing her PhD, Beth worked in journal publishing and then started lecturing in Study Skills and English for Academic Purposes, first at the University of Central Lancashire and then at the University of Huddersfield and University Campus Oldham. She has worked as an Academic Skills Tutor at Huddersfield in the School of Human and Health Sciences and the School of Education and Professional Development, in addition to her current role in the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS).  In particular, I am interested in the cultural products of science and my current research explores the dissemination and consumption of imagery relating to science and medicine.  My current projects include investigating the representation of gender in science books for children, as well as looking at the use of visual metaphor in children’s books about health. 

Current areas of enquiry:

  • Visual culture of genetics, molecular biology and aging
  • Gender in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM)
  • Disciplinary boundaries, practices and pedagogies
  • Philosophical interactions between Science and Technology Studies and Art

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhDs on topics and themes related to:

  • Visual culture in children’s media
  • Visual culture of aging
  • Gender and digital culture
  • Scientific imagery
  • Cultural products of scientific visualisation and modelling

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  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Science
  • Sociology of Health
  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Culture
  • Communication Studies
  • Children's Books
  • Aging

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Research Output 2014 2018

Hairdressing in Space: Depiction of Gender in Science Books for Children

Caldwell, E. & Wilbraham, S. 13 Jul 2018 In : Journal of Science and Popular Culture. 1, 2, p. 101-118 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Social Enterprise and Higher Education in a Globalized World

Oberoi , R., Halsall, J., Snowden, M. & Caldwell, E. 2018 Revisiting Globalization: : From a Borderless to a Gated Globe. Springer International Publishing AG, p. 155-166 12 p. (https://www.springer.com/series/7)

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Talking academic writing: A conversation analysis of one-to-one learning development tutorials

Caldwell, E., Stapleford, K. & Tinker, A. 2 Jul 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Academic Writing. 12 p.

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Quackademia? Mass-Media Delegitimation of Homeopathy Education

Caldwell, E. 27 Apr 2017 In : Science as Culture. 26, p. 380-407 28 p.

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