Fionagh Thomson

Fionagh Thomson

Ph.D., Institute of Education, UCL, UK
M.Phil., University of Cambridge, UK
MSc., University of Edinburgh, Scotland
BA., Robert Gordon’s Aberdeen, Scotland

Fionagh is a medical and environmental ethnographer with an interest in how to create the space and time with participants to think through and describe their everyday lives: focusing on what people do rather than what they think they do. She works with video, camera, and conversation. Fionagh’s background is in visual anthropology, educational philosophy, environmental and medical ethics, human geography, and forestry. Current interests include different representations of the ‘body’ in medical spaces, the extension of human senses through tools/technologies, and philosophical hermeneutics (Hans Georg Gadamer & Don Idhe). Her projects are transdisciplinary and involve professionals working outside academia, including clinicians, lab scientists, designers, engineers, and artists. Fieldwork locations include the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, the islands of the Scottish Hebrides, and the consulting spaces of UK hospitals, and patients’ homes. When not working, Fionagh cycles, potters in old map shops, and wanders the, often rain-drenched, hills of her homeland, Scotland. Her current research within the center is focused on the ethnography of everyday laboratory scientific practices and virtues.