Academic Staff

Dr Linsey McGoey

Position in departmentSenior Lecturer
Staff positionSenior Lecturer
Office hoursBy appointment.

McGoey studied journalism at Carleton University, Ottawa, before working briefly as a news editor and freelance journalist. She moved to the UK for a MSc in Social Anthropology and a PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics. This was followed by an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Geography, University of Oxford, and a James Martin Fellowship at the Said Business School, Oxford. Linsey is an External Member of the Centre for Invention and Social Process at Goldsmiths College (CSISP), a Research Associate of the LSE's Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR), and has acted as an advisor to the World Health Organization. She is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Economy and Society and Finance and Society

McGoey's recent news articles and editorials appear in Fortune, Guardian, Open Democracy, The Times, and Jacobin. Twitter @LinseyMcGoey

Current research

Research interests
  • Social theories of knowledge and ignorance
  • Economic sociology 
  • Global health governance
  • Human rights-based approaches to health and development
Teaching responsibilities

Current PhD Students:
Eduardo Goncalves (co-supervision, with James Allen-Robertson); David Lee; Daniela Boraschi (co-supervision, with Pete Fussey)



McGoey, L. (2015) No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy (London and New York, Verso).

  • 'Highly recommended' by Choice magazine. 
  • See reviews in the Times Higher Education; Maclean's; Fast Company; Financial Times; Wall Street Journal; Kirkus; New Republic and the Guardian.  

Gross, M. and McGoey, L (eds) (2015) Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies (London, Routledge).

  • Discussed in The New York Times here; and the Washington Post here

McGoey, L (Ed) (2014) An Introduction to the Sociology of Ignorance: Essays on the Limits of Knowing (London: Routledge).  

Selected Publications

McGoey, L. 2014. "The Philanthropic State: market-state hybrids in the philanthrocapitalist turn." Third World Quarterly. 35(1): 109-125.

McGoey, L. 2012. Strategic unknowns: towards a sociology of ignorance. Economy & Society 41(1): 1-16.

McGoey, L. 2012. "The Logic of Strategic Ignorance." British Journal of Sociology 63(3) 553-576.

McGoey, L. 2012. "Philanthrocapitalism and its critics." Poetics. 40(2): 185-199

Davies, W and McGoey. 2012. "Rationalities of ignorance: On financial crisis and the ambivalence of neo-liberal epistemology." Economy and Society, 41(1): 64-83.

McGoey, L, Walhberg, A and Reiss, J. 2011. The Global Health Complex. (Introduction, Special Issue of BioSocieties).

McGoey, L. 2010. "Profitable failure: Antidepressant drugs and the triumph of flawed experiments." History of Human Sciences, 23(1), pp/ 58-78.

McGoey, L. and Jackson, E. 2009. "Seroxat and the suppression of trial data: Regulatory failure and the uses of legal ambiguity." Journal of Medical Ethics, 36(2), pp. 107-112.

McGoey, L. 2009. "Pharmaceutical Controversies and the Performative Value of Uncertainty." Science as Culture, 18(2), pp. 151-164.

McGoey, L. 2007. "On the will to ignorance in bureaucracy." Economy and Society, 36(2), pp. 212-235.


 September 2014 - invited keynote speaker, France Strategie, division of the Office of the Prime Minister, in concert INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research). See summary here.  

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