Lecturer in Digital Technology at Work
University of Sussex Business School
+44 (0)1273 873082


Ben is a sociologist interested in organisational processes of shaping and orchestrating digital futures. Focusing on digital transformations in the healthcare sector, his research explores how digital health practices cope with and utilise the combined and interrelated challenges of increases in quantification (e.g. data-intensive medicine), ubiquitous connectivity (e.g. tele-medicine) and unprecedented modes of instantaneous calculation (e.g. algorithmic medicine). Utilising a codesign approach, his research reconceptualises design itself as a more collaborative, participatory and anticipatory mode of governing digital futures that aims to generate new possibilities and value-centric approaches for promoting health in digital societies.

Research interests

  • Digital Futures
  • Innovation Governance
  • Sociomaterial Practices and Infrastructures
  • Digital Health
  • Digital Work
  • Codesign Processes
  • Participatory Research
  • Digital Research Methodologies
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Science and Technology Studies

Journal articles


Henwood, F., Marent, B. (eds) Digital Health: Sociological Perspectives. Wiley-Blackwell

Book chapters

  • Marent, B., Langstrup, H. (forthcoming) Digital Health: Practices and Infrastructures. In: Alan Petersen (ed.) Handbook of the Sociology of Health and Medicine. Edward Elgar.