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Professor Bob Simpson - all publications

Authored book

  • Sariola, S & Simpson, B (2019). Research as Development Biomedical Research, Ethics, and Collaboration in Sri Lanka. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Simpson, B. (1998). Changing Families: An ethnographic approach to divorce and separation. Oxford: Berg Press: Routledge.

Edited book

  • Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth & Simpson, Bob (2020). The Time of Anthropology: Studies of Contemporary Chronopolitics. ASA Monographs Series. Routledge.
  • Hampshire, K. & Simpson, R. (2015). Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase: Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds. Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality, Volume 31. New York: Berghahn Books.

Chapter in book

  • Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth & Simpson, Bob (2021). Introduction. In The Time of Anthropology: Studies of Contemporary Chronopolitics. Kirtsoglou, Elisabeth & Simpson, Bob Routledge. 52: 1-30.
  • Simpson, Bob (2019). Managing the pious cadaver: Whole body donation and Anatomy in Sri Lanka. In Residues of Death: Disposal Refigured. Van Ryn, Luke, Nansen, Bjorn, Gibbs, Martin & Kohn, Tamara Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Simpson, R., Blell, M. & Hampshire, K. (2015). Moral Pioneers: Pakistani Muslims and the Take-up of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the North of England. In Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase: Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds. Hampshire, K. & Simpson, R. New York: Berghahn Books. 46-68.
  • Simpson, B. (2013). Building Capacity: A Sri Lankan Perspective On Ethics And Accountability. In Collaborators Collaborating: Counterparts in Anthropological Knowledge and International Research Relations. Konrad, M. Oxford: Berghahn.
  • Simpson, B. (2012). Legacies and Linkages: Episodes in the Establishment of New Reproductive Technologies in Contemporary Sri Lanka. In Reproductive Technologies As Global Form: Ethnographies of Knowledge, Practices, and Transnational Encounters. Kneckt, M. Beck, S. & Klotz, M. Campus Press and Chicago University Press.
  • Simpson, B. (2011). Capacity Building in Developing World Bioethics: Perspectives on biomedical ethics in contemporary Sri Lanka. In The Social Functions of Bioethics Around the Globe. Myser, C. Oxford University Press.
  • Simpson, B. (2010). A ‘Therapeutic Gap’ Anthropological Perspectives on Prenatal Diagnostics and Termination in Sri Lanka. In Predictive Testing and the Social Sciences: frameworks of choice in Asia. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 27-42.
  • Simpson, B. (2006). ‘You don’t do fieldwork, fieldwork does you’ Between Subjectivation and Objectivation in Anthropological Fieldwork. In The Sage Handbook of Fieldwork. Hobbs, D. & Wright, R. London: Sage.
  • Coleman, S. & Simpson, B. (2004). Knowing, Doing and Being: Pedagogies and Paradigms in the Teaching of Social Anthropology. In Current Policies and Practices in European Social Anthropology. Drackle, D. & Edgar, I. Oxford: Berghahn. 18-33.
  • Simpson, R. (2004). Localising a Brave New World: New Reproductive Technologies and the Politics of Fertility in Contemporary Sri Lanka. In Reproductive Agency, Medicine and the State: Cultural Transformations in Childbearing. Unnithan-Kumar, Maya. New York Oxford: Beghahn Books. 43-57.

Journal Article

  • Simpson, Bob (2018). A “we” problem for bioethics and the social sciences: A response to Barbara Prainsack. Science, Technology, & Human Values 43(1): 45-55.
  • Pels, Peter, Boog, Igor, Henrike Florusbosch, J., Kripe, Zane, Minter, Tessa, Postma, Metje, Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret, Simpson, Bob, Dilger, Hansjörg, Schönhuth, Michael, von Poser, Anita, Castillo, Rosa Cordillera A., Lederman, Rena & Richards-Rissetto, Heather (2018). Data management in anthropology: the next phase in ethics governance? Social Anthropology 26(3): 391-413.
  • Simpson, B. (2018). Global Bioethics: A Story of Dreams and Doubts from Bengal, India. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 61(2): 215-229.
  • Simpson, Bob & Douglas-Jones, Rachel (2017). Afterword: New immortalities? Medicine Anthropology Theory 4(4): 171-173.
  • Simpson, R. (2017). Local Virtue and Global Vision: The Practice of Eye donation in contemporary Sri Lanka. Medicine Anthropology Theory 4(4): 150-170.
  • Simpson, Bob & Douglas-Jones, Rachel (2017). New immortalities: Death, donation, and dedication in the twenty-first century. Medicine Anthropology Theory 4(4): 1-21.
  • Sleeboom-Faulkner, M., Simpson, R., Burgos-Martinez, E. & McMurray, J. (2017). The formalization of social-science research ethics: How did we get there? HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 7(1): 71-79.
  • Simpson, R. (2016). IVF in Sri Lanka: A concise history of regulatory impasse. Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online 2: 8-15.
  • Simpson, Bob (2015). Fifteenth Century Problems for the Twenty-First Century Gift: Human Tissue Transactions in Ethnically Diverse Societies. Anthropological Forum 24(4): 338-350.
  • Simpson, B., Khatri, R., Ravindran, D. & Udalagama, T. (2015). Pharmaceuticalisation and ethical review in South Asia: Issues of scope and authority for practitioners and policy makers. Social Science & Medicine 131: 247-254.
  • Simpson, R. (2015). Ref 2014 and Impact: Reading the Runes for Anthropology in Action. Anthropology in Action 22(2): 1-4.
  • Hampshire, K., Blell, M., Iqbal, N. & Simpson, B. (2014). The interview as narrative ethnography: seeking and shaping connections in qualitative research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology 17(3): 215-231.
  • Simpson, B. & Sleeboom-Faulkner, M. (2013). Foreword. Special edition on Precarious Ethics. BioSocieties 8(1): 41.
  • Simpson, Bob (2013). Managing Potential in Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Reflections on Gifts, Kinship, and the Process of Vernacularization. Current Anthropology 54(Supplement 7): S87-S96.
  • Humphrey, R. & Simpson, B. (2013). Negotiating a ‘Scary Gap’ Doctoral Candidates, ‘Writing Up’ Qualitative Data and the Contemporary Supervisory Relationship. Journal of Education and Training Studies 1(1).
  • Sariola, S. & Simpson, B. (2013). Precarious ethics: Toxicology research among self-poisoning hospital admissions in Sri Lanka. BioSocieties 8(1): 41-57.
  • Hampshire, K.R., Blell, M.T. & Simpson, B. (2012). ‘Everybody is moving on’ Infertility, relationality and the aesthetics of family among British-Pakistani Muslims. Social Science & Medicine 74(7): 1045-1052.
  • Simpson, B. & Sariola, S. (2012). Blinding Authority: Randomized Clinical Trials and the Production of Global Scientific Knowledge in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Science, Technology, & Human Values 37(5): 555-575.
  • Hampshire, K., Blell, M. & Simpson, B. (2012). Navigating new socio-demographic landscapes: using anthropological demography to understand the ‘persistence’ of high and early fertility among British Pakistanis. European Journal of Population / Revue européenne de Démographie 28(1): 39-63.
  • Simpson, B (2011). Blood Rhetorics: Donor campaigns and their publics in contemporary Sri Lanka. Ethnos 76(2): 254-275.
  • SIMPSON, B. (2011). Ethical Moments: Future Directions in Ethical review for Ethnography. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 17(2): 377-393.
  • Sariola, S. & Simpson, B. (2011). Theorising the ‘human subject’ in biomedical research: International clinical trials and bioethics discourses in contemporary Sri Lanka. Social Science & Medicine 73(4): 515-521.
  • Simpson, B. (2010). A good straight road: Reflections on the development of pre-university anthropology in the UK. Anthropology in Action 17(2-3): 105-113.
  • Simpson, R., Dissanayake, V.H.W., Douglas-Jones, R.C. & Sariola, S. (2010). Ethical Review, Remit and Responsibility in Biomedical Research in South Asia. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics 7(2): 113-114.
  • Simpson, B. & Humphrey, R. (2010). Writing Across Boundaries: Reflections on the Place of Writing in Doctoral Research Training for Social Scientists. Learning and Teaching (The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences) 3(1).
  • Simpson, B. (2009). 'Please give a drop of blood’ Blood donation, conflict and the haemato-global assemblage in contemporary Sri Lanka'. Body and Society 15(2): 101-122
  • Simpson, B. (2009). Citizenship, Craft and the Making of Mode Two Citizens. Learning and Teaching (The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences) 2(3): 98-105.
  • Simpson, Bob (2009). We have always been modern: Buddhism, Science and the New Genetic and Reproductive Technologies in Sri Lanka. Culture and Religion 10(2): 137-157.
  • Kumarasiri, P.V.R., Arseculeratne, S.N., Premasiri, P.D. & Simpson, B. (2008). Centres of Ethical Gravity: A Comparison of Responses to Contemporary Biomedical Dilemmas among Young People in Sri Lanka and England. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Law & Ethics 2(2): 211-237.
  • Arseculeratne, S.N., Simpson, B., Premasiri, P.D. & Kumasiri, P.V.R. (2008). Ethics, Culture and Relativism: Some reflections on teaching Medical Ethics in Sri Lanka. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Law & Ethics 2(1): 131-160.
  • Simpson, B. & Humphrey, R. (2008). Writing Across Boundaries: Writing and Rhetoric in Qualitative Research. Qualitative Researcher 8: 10-11.
  • Simpson, B. (2007). Negotiating the Therapeutic Gap: Prenatal Diagnostics and Termination in Sri Lanka. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5(3): 207-215.
  • Simpson, B. (2007). On Parrots and Thorns: Sri Lankan Perspectives on Genetics, Science and Personhood. Health Care Analysis 15(1): 41-49.
  • Simpson, R. (2004). Acting ethically, responding culturally: Framing the new reproductive and genetic technologies in Sri Lanka. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 5(3): 227-243.
  • Simpson, R. (2004). Impossible gifts: Bodies, Buddhism and Bioethics in Contemporary Sri Lanka. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 10(4): 839-859.
  • Simpson, B. (2004). On the impossibility of invariant repetition:Ritual tradition and creativity among Sri Lankan ritual specialists. Anthropology and History 13(3): 301-316.
  • Simpson, B. (2004). Refractions Through Culture: The New Genomics in Contemporary Iceland. Ethnos 68(4): 533-543.
  • Simpson, R. (2001). Making 'bad' deaths 'good': The kinship consequences of posthumous conception. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 7(1): 1-18.
  • Simpson, B. (1997). On gifts, payments and disputes: Divorce and changing family structures in contemporary Britain. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 3: 731-745.
  • Simpson, B. (1997). Possession, dispossession and social distribution of knowledge among Sri Lankan ritual specialists. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 3(1): 43-59.