Dr Elisa Vecchione PhD, MA

Research Fellow

About Elisa Vecchione

Interested in the science and policy of contested issues


I obtained a PhD in Institutions, Economics and Law (IEL Program, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy) through a thesis on the comparative analysis of biotechnology risk regulation in the European Union and the United States. As visiting scholar at Cornell Law School (Ithaca, NY, US) and Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France), I combined a strong legal background with a sociological approach to science and technology.

With a particular focus on 'regulatory science', I have been exploring the science-policy interplay within fields of contested decision-making and, more specifically, the socio-epistemological linkages between knowledge production and knowledge use in different spaces of evidence production: from individual decision-making, to dispute settlement to regulatory policymaking. 

The same approach remained for later investigation of climate change socio-epistemological controversies policies and specifically deepened the analysis of science-democracy relations. As research fellow at Sciences Po (Paris) and Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris), I have particularly focused on the epistemology of scenario building and Integraed Assessment Modeling.







Currently Seminar Leader for the Globalization and Health course (G&D 1503)

I was lecturer at Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP), Paris, for the course “Crisis and risk management” within the Master Program in International Affairs (2010)

I was guest lecturer at Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP), Paris, for the course “Global Governance for Sustainable Development” within the Mater Program of Public Affaires (2010, 2011)


Fields of research: Science and Technology studies.

Main approaches: Sociology of Science; Epistemology of Science; Interpretive Policy Analysis; New-Institutionalism

Very much subscribing to the 'linguistic turn' in sociology and public policy, all my reasearches have been devoted to analysing the conditions of social and political legitimacy of scientific knowledge use, connecting these latter to the social and epistemological practices of knowledge production. 

Currently involved in the GRIP-Health project (ERC funded), I investigate the institutional and policy conditions leading the uptake of scientific evidence into health policies in Ghana and Ethiopia. 






Research areas

  • Climate change
  • Decision analysis
  • Environment
  • Environmental Health
  • Ethics
  • Evidence use
  • Food
  • Globalisation
  • Health policy
  • Methodology
  • Modelling
  • Public health
  • Public health history
  • Qualitative methods
  • Risk
  • Science policy
  • Statistical methods


  • Economics
  • Law
  • Policy analysis
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics


  • European Union
  • North America
  • OECD members
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
  • World


  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana

Other interests

  • Causal Inference
  • Citizenship
  • Communication
  • Constructivism
  • Discourse
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ethics And Human Rights
  • Evidence-based Policy
  • Evidence-based policy; scientific uncertainty; public policy; modelling
  • Evidence-informed health policy making
  • Global Health Governance
  • Global environmental change
  • Governance
  • Institutional Economics
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • International Organisations
  • International Trade
  • Intersectionality; Sociology of Knowledge
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Philosophy
  • Political Economy
  • Public Policy
  • Public health ethics
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
  • Sustainable development
  • complexity and systems thinking
  • environmental sustainability
  • evidence-based policy; scientific uncertainty
  • institutional analysis
  • nutrition
  • public engagement in science
  • regulation
  • risk analysis
  • science studies
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