Sociology Department Staff
Professor Tiago Moreira, BA (Lisboa);MSc (Edinburgh); PhD (Lancaster)
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.
- Moreira, Tiago (2019). Anticipatory measure: Alex Comfort, experimental gerontology and the measurement of senescence. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 101179.
- Maldonado, OJ & Moreira, T. (2019). Metrics in Global Health: Situated differences in the valuation of human life. Historical Social Research 44(2): 202-224.
- Moreira, T. (2016). De-standardising ageing? Shifting regimes of age measurement. Ageing &Society 36(07): 1407-1433.
- Moreira, T. (2015). Understanding the role of patient organisations in health technology assessment. Health expectations 18(6): 3349-3357.
- Moreira, T. (2015). Unsettling Standards: the biological age controversy. The Sociological Quarterly 56(1): 18-39.
- Moreira, T., O'Donovan, O. & Howlett, E. (2014). Assembling Dementia Care: Patient organisations and social research. BioSocieties 9(2): 173-193.
- Rabeharisoa, V., Moreira, T. & Akrich, M. (2014). Evidence-based activism: Patients' organisations, users' and activist's groups in knowledge. BioSocieties 9(2): 111-128.
- Moreira, T. (2014). La démence, entre laboratoire et marché. Sciences Sociales et Santé 32(3): 69-98.
- Lassen, A.J. & Moreira, T. (2014). Unmaking old age: Political and cognitive formats of active ageing. Journal of Aging Studies 30: 33-46.
- O'Donovan, O., Moreira, T. & Howlett, E. (2013). Tracking Transformations in Health Movement Organisations: Alzheimer's Disease Organisations and their Changing ‘Cause Regimes’. Social Movement Studies 12(3): 316-334.
- Moreira, T. (2012). Health Care Standards and the Politics of Singularities: Shifting In and Out of Context. Science, Technology & Human Values 37(4): 307-331.
- Moreira, T. (2011). Health care rationing in an age of uncertainty: a conceptual model. Social Science and Medicine 72(8): 1333-1341.
- Moreira, T. & Palladino, P. (2011). Population laboratories’ or ‘laboratory populations’? Making sense of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, 1965–1987. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 42(3): 317.
- Moreira, T. & Palladino, P. (2009). Ageing between gerontology and biomedicine. Biosocieties 4(4): 348-365.
- Burges Watson, D, Moreira, T & Murtagh, MJ (2009). Little bottles and the promise of probiotics. Health: an Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine 13 (2): 219-234
- Moreira, T., May, C. & Bond, J. (2009). Regulatory objectivity in action: Mild cognitive impairment and the collective production of uncertainty. Social Studies of Science 39(5): 665-690.
- Moreira, T. (2008). Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machines and the work of coordinating technologies at home. Chronic Illness 4(2).
- Moreira, T. & Bond, J. (2008). Does the prevention of brain ageing constitute anti-ageing medicine? Outline of a new space of representation for Alzheimer's Disease. Journal of Aging Studies 22(4): 356-365
- Moreira, T. & Palladino, P. (2008). Squaring the curve: The Anatomo-politics of ageing, life and death. Body and Society 14(3): 21-47.
- Moreira, T., Hughes, J., Kirkwood, T., May, C.R., McKeith, I. & Bond, J. (2008). What explains variations in the clinical use of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as a diagnostic category?. International Psychogeriatrics 20(4): 697-709
- Moreira, T. (2017). Science, Technology and the Ageing Society. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
- Moreira, T. (2012). The Transformation of Contemporary Health Care The Market, The Laboratory, and the Forum. New York Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
- Will, Catherine & Moreira, Tiago (2010). Medical Proofs/Social experiments: clinical trials in shifting contexts. Farnham: Ashgate.
Chapter in book
- Moreira, T. (2014). Risk, Uncertainty and Health. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Wiley Blackwell. 2083.
- Moreira, T. & Palladino, P. (2012). Questions of Life and Death: A Genealogy. In Routledge Handbook of Body Studies. Turner, Bryan S. Routledge. 362-374.
- Moreira, T. (2010). Actor-network theory. In Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Communication. Priest, S. New York: Sage.
- Moreira, T. (2010). Now or later? Individual disease and care collectives in the memory clinic. In Care in Practice: On Tinkering in Clinics, Homes and Farms. Mol, Annemarie,, Moser, Ingunn, & Pols, Jeannette, Berline: Transcript Verlag. 119-140.
- Moreira, T. (2010). Prologue: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: Health, Ageing and Justice. In Health, Promotion and Prevention Programmes in Practice. Mathar, Thomas, & Jansen, Yvonne J.F.M. Berlin: Transcript Verlag. 29-52.
- Moreira, T. & Rapley, T. (2010). Understanding the shaping, incorporation and co-ordination of health technologies through qualitative research. In The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research. Bourgeault, I,, DeVries, R. & Dingwall, R. London: Sage. 658-672.
- Moreira, T. (2010). When trials are not enough: clinical effectiveness vs. cost-effectiveness in the dementia drugs controversy (2005-08). In Medical Proofs, Social Experiments: clinical trials in shifting contexts. Will, Catherine & Moreira, Tiago Farnam: Ashgate. 85-102.
- Moreira, T. (2009). Hope and truth in drug development and evaluation in Alzheimer's Disease. In Treating Dementia: do we have a pill for it?. Ballenger, Jesse. Whitehouse, Peter. Lyketsos, Constantine. Rabins, Peter. & Karlawish, Jason. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 210-230.
Indicators of Esteem
- 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:
- Aging, Technology and Society
- Knowledge and the organisation of health care
- Piority setting in health care
- Social Studies of Medicine
- European Patient Organisations in the Knowlege Society (EPOKS)
- Mapping and evaluating the use of contextual data in undergraduate admissions in Scotland
- MA: Research Design and Process
- Sociology of Health and Medicine
- Sociology of Social Change
- 2009: European Patient Organisations in Knowledge Society - EPOKS (£56131.60 from European Commission)