Chris Goldsworthy is a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford. Chris completed his PhD at Cardiff University in 2016. His doctoral research investigated the professional system organised around the identification, diagnosis and treatment of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) across the medico-legal – clinical divide. The focus of this research was to understand how disparate professional groups are able to collaborate across institutional divides.
Chris is broadly interested in how groups are able to collaborate (or not) across and within dense organisational spaces, as well as how social actors navigate their way through complex socio-material networks. This interest is continued in his current research as part of the InSIS How Institutions Think (HIT) research project. This project aims to combine material engagement theory with cultural theory to explore radically distributed cognition within an institutional framework. In doing so it brings together a collaborative group of interdisciplinary researchers from anthropology, archaeology, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, science and technology studies (STS), and social psychology. This work aims to dramatically expand enactive and affective aspects of distributed cognition in a way which broadens the boundaries of human cognitive processes to the institutional level. This would shed new light on processes of social cognition which could have dramatic consequences for our understanding of institutions as part of our cognitive and affective processes.