This project works at the analytic crossroads of anthropology and science studies, and is broadly concerned with the sociology of knowledge. Its central concern is to explore how natural and social scientists and humanities scholars produce “useful,” “impactful,” policy-relevant knowledge about global environmental change, and how their knowledge practices relate to others within and beyond the academy.
Scientific knowledge and evidence do not come from nowhere; nor do they speak for themselves. This project considers these issues through hydraulic fracturing in England. Our specific interests lie in the intersecting scientific, legal and regulatory regimes through which evidence on fracking risks is produced, legitimated and put to work.
A wide range of scientists, funders and decision makers today insist that collaboration is key to producing new and useful knowledge. Yet collaboration itself has received relatively little scholarly attention. This project parallels our other projects and investigates “collaboration:” not as self-evident “best practice” or elixir for innovation, but as an object of enquiry and explicit theorization.