Dr Elisa Vecchione
15-17 Tavistock Place
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: evidence-based policymaking; sociology of economics; modelling of climate change; risk governance.
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.