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Conor is a social scientist with a particular interest in new health technologies, especially digital and wearable devices. He joined the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) led by Professor Martin Roland as a Research Associate in 2013, and is a member of the Evaluation & Implementation Theme of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Following postgraduate degrees in political theory and philosophy, Conor Farrington completed his training with a doctorate in political science and Latin American politics at the Department of Geography at Cambridge. Conor then undertook interdisciplinary social science post-doctoral research in the NIHR CLAHRC (Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) at the Judge Business School, focusing on a range of substantive topics in health and social care research including knowledge exchange between health and social care professionals and the effectiveness of e-learning in end of life care training in care homes. Conor has also published papers on communication and e-learning in healthcare, British politics and public policy (especially relating to the House of Lords and the place of science in British parliamentary politics), and local democracy in developing world contexts, some of which are listed below
Conor’s current research focuses on new medical technology in a range of clinical settings including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and mental health. Much of his research activity relates to ‘artificial pancreas’ systems for people with type 1 diabetes, with particular reference to user experience of these new technological systems. He is also developing a co-designed digital health risk calculator for cardiovascular disease, incorporating genetic information alongside traditional phenotypic data. Conor’s upcoming projects include explorations of clinician attitudes towards new diabetes technology (in light of research demonstrating unequal access to such technologies in different clinics) and an evaluation of the co-designed cardiovascular risk tool in primary care consultations.
Conor is also interested in the wider sociological and philosophical implications of new medical technology, and is currently co-editing a collection of papers which explore new conceptual approaches to personal medical devices in the social sciences and humanities. Conor also has interests in global health, and recently published a paper exploring the new field of ‘mH2‘ (mental health and mobile health). Lastly, he is also involved in CCHSR research, specifically the attempt to understand doctors’ responses to patient feedback in primary and secondary care settings.
Personal Medical Devices: New Conceptual Approaches in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Co-edited with Rebecca Lynch; forthcoming 2017 (Palgrave Macmillan).
Farrington C. ‘Data as Transformational: Metaphysical and Epistemological Experiences from an Artificial Pancreas Study.’ In Lynch and Farrington (eds) Personal Medical Devices: New Conceptual Approaches in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Co-edited with Rebecca Lynch; forthcoming 2017 (Palgrave Macmillan).
Farrington C. ‘Habermas on the High Street: Wearable Technology and Emancipation.’ In Kuksa and Fisher (eds) Design for Personalisation. Forthcoming 2016; Ashgate Press.
Farrington C, Burt J, Boiko O, Campbell J, Roland M. ‘Doctors’ Engagements with Patient Experience Surveys in Primary and Secondary Care: A Qualitative Study.’ Health Expectations (forthcoming)
Farrington C. ‘Wearable technologies and stigma in diabetes: the role of medical aesthetics’. The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology (2016) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(16)00075-9
Farrington C. ‘The Artificial Pancreas: Challenges and Opportunities.’ The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology 2015; 3(12): 937
Farrington C. ‘Music and Madness: From Kontakte to The Cure.’ The Lancet Psychiatry 2015; 2(5): 388-390.
Farrington C. ‘Lords Reform: Some Inconvenient Truths.’ The Political Quarterly, 2015; 86(2): 297-306
Farrington C, Aristidou A, and Ruggeri K. ‘Still waiting for the mH2 wedding? mHealth and global mental health.’ Globalization and Health 2014; 10 (17) doi:10.1186/1744-8603-10-17
Farrington C, Clare I.C.H, Holland T, Barrett M, and Oborn E. ‘Knowledge Exchange and Integrated Services: Experiences from an Integrated Community Intellectual (Learning) Disability Service for Adults.’ Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 2014 DOI: 10.1111/jir.12131
Ruggeri K, Farrington C, and Brayne C. ‘A Global Model for Effective Use and Evaluation of E-Learning in Health.’ Telemedicine and E-Health 2013; 19(4): 312-321.
Farrington C. ‘Does it Matter if the House of Lords isn’t Reformed? Perspectives from a Symposium at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.’ The Political Quarterly 2012; 83(3): 599-608.
Farrington C. ‘New Political Spaces and Public Sphere ‘Deliberativeness’ in Ecuador 1822-2011’. International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society 2012; 25(1): 15-33.
Farrington C. ‘Reconciling Managers, Doctors, and Patients: The Role of Clear Communication.’ J R Soc Med 2011; 104(6): 231-236.
Farrington C. ‘Putting Good Governance into Practice (III): Instrumental and Intrinsic Aspects of Empowerment in Local Governmental Contexts.’ Progress in Development Studies 2011; 11(2): 151-61.
Farrington C. ‘Putting Good Governance into Practice (II): Revising and Extending the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.’ Progress in Development Studies 2010; 10(1): 81-86.
Farrington C. ‘Putting Good Governance into Practice (I): The Ibrahim Index of African Governance.’ Progress in Development Studies 2009; 9(3): 249-255.
Farrington J H, Farrington C.’ Rural Accessibility, Social Inclusion and Social Justice: Towards Conceptualisation.’ Journal of Transport Geography 2005; 13: 1-12.