Dr Emily Jay Nicholls is a sociologist interested in HIV, archival practice, expertise, health policy and activism. She is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Before moving to LSHTM, Emily was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London on Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH). The project was funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) and sought to explore the “uses of the past” in HIV policy and activism.
Emily’s work has engaged with the relation between professional and lay expertise, biomedical technologies and clinical practice, sexuality and sexual practice, and the emotional entanglements and responsibilities of qualitative research. Her work is situated within Science and Technology Studies (STS), although it’s something of a complicated relationship.
Emily is currently planning the 2019-2020 CISP Salon series Care In(ter)ventions with co-convenors Fay Dennis and Jade Vu Henry, having co-convened the 2018-2019 series, Ecologies of Care, which explored the turn to care in Science and Technology Studies. She is also an active and founding member of the newly established CISP Sex and Drugs Working Group.
She was awarded her PhD in Visual Sociology in 2017 from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her thesis was entitled: The Making of an AIDS archive: an account of expertise, inter/disciplinarity, and the process of researching and considered the various forms of expertise employed and fostered in the course of creating an archive of the UK HIV/AIDS epidemic. Her PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Her CV is available on request.