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Boudia Soraya

Professor of Sociology of Risk, Paris Descartes University

Contact: soraya.boudia(at)parisdescartes.fr



Soraya Boudia is a historian and a sociologist of science and technology. She directed the Curie Museum (UMS Institut Curie-CNRS) from 1999 to 2003, then held the position of professor and researcher at the University of Strasbourg from 2003 to 2011, and at the University of Paris-Est and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées from 2012 to 2014, before transferring to Paris Descartes University.

Her main research topics, past and present, are: History and Sociology of nuclear power; Science and Policy in the twentieth century; Expertise, health, and environment; and Science and Culture. Her current work is focused on science and policy, in particular on the global governance of and by technoscience. Within this framework, she is particularly interested in the topic of medical, environmental, and technological risks and is proposing a sociological history of risk and of the society of risk. Among her recent publications are: Toxicants, Health and Regulation since 1945, London, Pickering and Chatto, 2013 (with N. Jas); Powerless Science? The Making of the Toxic World in the Twentieth Century, New York and Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2014 (with N. Jas).

She has coordinated several collective research programs, among which: “Européanisation des risques sanitaires et environnement"  (Europeanization of health risks and the environment) (2009-2012), funded under the four-year program of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Alsace (MISHA), in partnership with E. Henry (Sociological European Policy Group – GSPE); "Les cadres de l'expertise à l'épreuve faibles doses" (Expertise executives  to the test of low doses) (2007-2011), funded under the ANR Santé-Environnement et Santé-Travail, a partner team coordinated by F. Chateauraynaud (EHESS); partnership with the ANR Le gouvernement et l'administration des techno-sciences à l'échelle globale" (2009-2012), funded under the ANR Gouverner et administrer, coordinated by D. Pestre (EHESS); partnership with the European Research Council (ERC) project The Earth Under Surveillance (2009-2014), coordinated by S. Turchetti (University of Manchester), also in partnership with the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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