Beth Kewell

Senior Lecturer

Beth Kewell joined Exeter Business School in October 2018 as a Research Fellow allied to the Initiative for the Digital Economy at Exeter, INDEX. Beth specialises in interpretative research, positioned at the boundary between innovation management, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and risk analysis. She has previously held posts at the University of Surrey, the University of Stavanger in Norway, the University of York, and Bristol Business School (University of the West of England).

Beth’s current work for INDEX draws on the methodological, epistemic and ethical insights acquired from engaging with the risks – and interpretative challenges- raised by the introduction of digital techniques and technologies into expert contexts and knowledge cultures, including those allied to business. Thus far, Beth’s work for INDEX has focused on interpreting expectations of blockchain adoption and the kinds of technoscientific imagining this involves, including those related to constructs of social good (Kewell and Ward, 2017; Kewell, Adams and Parry, 2017). Most recently, Beth has contributed to thought experiments concerning the future of money, personal data, privacy and the emergence of a digital literacy divide that places these three considerations in a new alignment, raising issues of note for social scientists, theorists of business, and analysts of the Risk Society.

Beth’s past engagement with Risk Society topics includes a co-authored archival study of UK Public Inquiries into iatrogenic incidents in the National Health Service (Kewell and Beck, 2008a) and a modal analysis of reports allied to the BSE Inquiry (Kewell and Beck, 2008b). While employed at the University of York, Beth co-investigated a European Union funded project (REMeDiE) concerning the growth and sustainability of stem cell science and the Regenerative Medicine industry (Kewell, 2013; Kewell and Beck 2011; Kewell et al., 2011).

In 2014, Beth co-authored a monograph for World Scientific Publishing on the intellectual and epistemological history of risk entitled Risk: A Study of Its Origins, History and Politics (with Matthias Beck).



Beck M, Kewell B (2014). Risk a Study of its Origins, History and Politics., World Scientific  Abstract.

Journal articles

Kewell B, Michael Ward P (2017). Blockchain Futures: with or Without Bitcoin?. Strategic Change, 26(5), 491-498. DOI.
Kewell B, Adams R, Parry G (2017). Blockchain for Good?. Strategic Change, 26(5), 429-437. DOI.
Maull R, Mulligan C, Godsiff P, Brown A, Kewell B (2017). Distributed Ledger Technology: Applications and Implications. Strategic Change, 26(5), 481-489.  Abstract. DOI.
Kewell B (2013). Depicting the Uncertainties of Stem Cell Science. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 38(5), 599-620. DOI.
Kewell B, Beck M (2011). Regenerative Medicine and New Labour Life Science Policy: Rhetorics of Success, Narratives of Sustainability and Survival. Prometheus, 29(2), 105-119. DOI.
Kewell EJ, Robson-Brown K, Webster A, Halls P (2011). Stakeholder Responses to Regulatory Reform: Evaluating Governance Changes with the Field of Human Tissue Regulation. Journal of Risk and Governance, 2, 27-43.
Kewell B (2010). Heteroglossic Representations of Scientific Uncertainty. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 36(6), 816-841. DOI.


Adams R, Kewell EJ, Parry G (2017). Blockchain for Good? Digital Ledger Technology and Sustainable Development Goals. In Filho W, Marans R, Callewaert, J (Eds.) , Springer International Publishing, 127-140.
Kewell EJ, Linsley P (2017). Risk Tools and Risk Technologies. In Woods M, Linsley P (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Accounting and Risk,, Abingdon and New York: Routledge
Morrison M, Hogarth S, Kewell EJ (2013). Biocapital and Innovation Paths: the Exploitation of Regenerative Medicine. In Webster A (Ed) Webster, A. the Global Dynamics of Regenerative Medicine: a Social Science Critique, Palgrave MacMillan, 58-87.


Kewell EJ, Godsiff P (2018). Digital Literacy and Datalockers: a Research Agenda. CADE, University of Warwick, Venice, 18th-20th of June. Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy Forum (CADE). University of Warwick, Venice. 18th - 20th Jun 2018
Kewell EJ (2017). Blockchains and Wicked Problems: Mapping the Future Directions of the Digital Age. Ways of Being in the Digital Age. University of Liverpool. 9th - 11th Oct 2017
Kewell EJ, Mulligan C, Godsiff P, Maull R (2017). Programmable Money, Digital Gold and the Future of Blockchain:. Categorizing the Affordances and Expectations of a Promising Technology. CADE. University of Warwick, Venice. 1st - 3rd Jun 2017  Abstract.
Kewell EJ (2013). A Boundary Object with Modal Origins: the Word ‘Represent… and its Uses in STS Journals. the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S’s) Annual Meeting. 9th - 12th Oct 2013
Kewell EJ (2010). Risk Epistemology and Narrative. Society for Risk Analysis (SRA Europe) Conference : Risk, Governance, and Accountability. Kings College, London. 21st - 23rd Jun 2010


Linsley P, Kewell EJ (2015). Linsley, P. and B. Kewell (2015) Risk Management: Mindfulness and Clumsy Solutions.
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