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Professor Tiago Moreira

Professor of Sociology

BA (Lisboa);MSc (Edinburgh); PhD (Lancaster)

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Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology32 Old Elvet: Room 014 
Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing  


Originally from Lisboa (Portugal), I came to Britain to study for a postgraduate degree, planning to stay for 9 months only. I ended up doing a PhD and before coming to Durham University in 2006, I was a social researcher at the Centre for Health Services Research at Newcastle University (2002-2006).

My research has been devoted to understanding the role of knowledge, evidence and standardised tools in the organisation of health care and governance of biomedicine. In 2012, I published The Transformation of Contemporary Health Care: the Market, the Laboratory and the Forum (Routledge), where I proposed that the cognitive and political regimes of efficiency, effectiveness and involvement have supported key changes in health care organisation since the 1970s.

Since 2006, I have also been interested in the role of science and technology in the making and transformation of ageing societies. 

I am currently researching and writing a historical sociology of forms of personalised age measurement - biological age, functional age, biomarkers of ageing - from the 1950s to the present.

I was plenary speaker at the BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference 2014. Watch the pleanary paper at

I have given invited papers at Cambridge University, Cleveland (CWRU), Lisbon (ISEG), Maastricht U., Montreal (McGill U.), Paris (Ecoles des Mines) and York University.

I am currently a member of the editorial board of Sociology of Health and Illness.

Between 2007 and 2010 I was elected member of the Council for the European Association for Studies of Science and Technology.

The external organisations I have worked with are: Durham and Darlington NHS Trust and Alzheimer's Society.

I enjoy supporting postgraduate students, and welcome PhD proposals in any of the areas mentioned above, plus: actor network theory,social studies of medicine, science and technology studies, dementia studies.

Research interests

  • Aging, Technology and Society
  • Piority setting in health care
  • Knowledge and the organisation of health care
  • Social Studies of Medicine

Research groups

  • Health and Social Theory

Research Projects

  • European Patient Organisations in the Knowlege Society (EPOKS)
  • Mapping and evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions in Scotland

Awarded Grants

  • 2019: RT200146: Co-I Motivation and Complexity, Leverhulme Trust, 2019-10-01 - 2022-09-30, £112.1k
  • 2009: European Patient Organisations in Knowledge Society - EPOKS(£56131.60 from European Commission)

Esteem Indicators

  • 2006: Elected Council member for the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST):
  • 2006: Plenary Speaker: Wellcome Trust Biomedical Ethics Summer School:


Authored book

Chapter in book

Edited book

  • Will, Catherine & Moreira, Tiago (2010). Medical Proofs/Social experiments: clinical trials in shifting contexts. Farnham: Ashgate.

Journal Article

Supervision students