Ciara Kierans

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Ciara Kierans is Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of Public Health and Policy at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on ethnographic studies of medical practice, the biopolitical consequences of medical technologies and the political economic conditions which ground them. She has conducted ethnographic research in Ireland focusing on Embodiment, Organ Recipiency and the Moral Discourses of Gift-Giving; in the UK on Organ Donation, Institutional Practice and the Production of Race and Genetic Identities and in Mexico on Chronic Kidney Disease and Transplant Medicine with a focus on the role of the welfare state and market in producing catastrophic poverty and social suffering. She has written widely for both anthropological and transdisciplinary audiences.