Robert Dingwall is a consulting sociologist and part-time Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. He has wide international experience in teaching and research, particularly in the interdisciplinary study of law, medicine, science and technology. This has resulted in over 100 journal articles and numerous chapters, monographs and books. He has previously been a member of the executive of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and held office as a Trustee of the (US) Law and Society Association as well as various section offices in the American Sociological Association. His public service includes the BBSRC Science for Society Strategy Panel and the Committee on Ethical Aspects of Pandemic Influenza. Most recently, he has contributed to policy debates around research governance, open access and public engagement.