PhD visitors welcome at CSEC

Date: 1 February 2011

Two new visitors, currentlystudying for a PhD, are adding to the diversity of scholarship on the social study of environmental issues at CSEC. Both are interested in the approaches of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and wider sociological, anthropological and philosophical approaches to understanding environment-society relations.

Wylie Carr is a visiting PhD student from the University of Montana in the U.S. He will be at Lancaster for the spring and summer terms to learn more about science and technology studies and how such a perspective might informhis dissertation work on geoengineering. In the medium term, he is planning to research how communities that are both socially and physically vulnerable to impacts from climate change view various geoengineering proposals.

Gemma Maltese is a student in the PhD program "Politics, Society and Culture", at the Departement of Sociology and Political Science, at the University of Calabria. She is conducting research that relates to the relationship between science and policy in biotechnology, in theItalian political context. Gemma won a scholarship that will allow her to stay at CSEC for six months to develop a second case study for her research.

CSEC is very happy to host visiting academics at all levels of study - we find that visitors add an enormous amount to the research culture at CSEC and in the Sociology department more generally, and we hope to makeour visitors feel welcome, stimulated and 'part of the scene'. If you would like to inquire about the possibility of visiting CSECplease contact Claire Waterton or Rachel Hemmings


Further information

Associated staff: Bronislaw Szerszynski, Claire Waterton, Brian Wynne

Associated departments and research centres: Centre for Science Studies, Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Sociology