The Government of Techno-Science and Techno-Products at Global Level
My current research project deals with the government of techno-sciences and techno-industrial products at various scales since the second world war. This is a collective project (six senior people and a dozen post-doctoral and doctoral students) that studies the government of chemicals, of drugs and health, of nuclear business and radiations, of water and bio-security, of climate change and environmental questions. It deals with institutions, stressing global actors as the UN agencies (FAO, WHO, UN Environmental Program), the OECD, the World Bank and the WTO, some NGOs and institutions put into place by major economic players (Round Tables, Public Private Partnerships). It also deals with the technologies that are used to monitor and govern – for example toxicology and epidemiology, modelisations and simulations, inventories and indicators, economic instruments and calculus, determination of norms and standards, evaluation and management of risks, participatory procedures, management of dissentors and the public space.
This project relies on detailed case studies – that will be presented in a collective book in 2013. It also does a more synthetical kind of work and considers the main transformations that seem to have ocurred at global scale since 1945. That is done by the making of a large chronology that will be made available online in 2013, and with the writing of a series of articles describing the main 'regimes of (techno-)sciences in society' that succeeded each other since 1945. Finally, it performs more theoretical works on the notion of governementality and governance.