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Dimitris Papadopoulos

Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

I joined the School in 2018 as Professor of Science, Technology and Society and Director of the Institute for Science and Society following appointments at the University of Leicester, Cardiff University and the Free University of Berlin where I also earned my PhD. I have been an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellow and have held resident research appointments in the Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California in Berkeley and the Centre for Cultural Studies, University of California in Santa Cruz. I am a former co-editor of the journal Subjectivity and I am currently an editorial board member of the The Sociological Review.

My current research looks at science, technology and social transformation. I am Leverhulme Research Fellow (2018-2020) studying the emergence of green and alternative chemical innovation and I am currently completing two books: a monograph called Chemopolitics and Elemental Justice and a co-edited volume called Reactivating Elements: Substance, Process and Practice from Chemistry to Cosmology which examine new configurations of chemical science, ecological justice and elemental thinking.

I have recently completed a monograph on Experimental Practice. Technoscience, Alterontologies and More-Than-Social Movements (Duke UP, 2018) which investigates the distributed invention power of community technoscience, political movements and social innovation projects. Within this strand of work, I have been awarded a UKRI ODA grant Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Colombia. This Newton-Colciencias collaborative project uses digital electrotextiles as a novel methodological instrument to investigate how nine rural women's sewing, weaving and crafting collectives promote alternative forms of reconciliation and reparation within communities which have been severely affected by the armed conflict in Colombia.

This research draws upon my previous work on sociology of mobility, social inequality and social justice where I have published numerous articles and a book (Escape Routes. Control and Subversion in the Twenty-First Century, 2008) on power and control, on precarious labour and the transformation of work as well as culture, transnational mobility and the autonomy of migration.

I have a long-standing interest in the sociology of social scientific knowledge. Here I have published two monographs and an edited collection on how human experience relates to socio-material processes (Analysing Everyday Experience. Social Research and Political Change, 2006) and non-reductionist approaches to development and psychosocial processes (LS Vygotsky, 2010 and Culture in Psychology, 2002). I am currently involved in a collaborative research project on epigenetic innovation where I work with a transdisciplinary team of researchers on social epigenetics: how different aspects of social life and the environment are linked to biomolecular changes that regulate the genome and subsequently the constitution of our psychobiological lives.

Research Summary

Research Awards:

2018-2020, Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Rural Colombia. UKRI Newton-Colciencias ODA, PI, £524,733

2018-2020, Benign by Design: The Emergence of Ecologically Sustainable Chemical Innovation. Leverhulme Research Fellowship, PI, £62,051

2019, Responsible Research & Innovation Training Design, EPSRC, PI, £31,063

Other awards:

2019-2023, Ensuring the Social Legitimacy of Animal Research: Comparing Public and Policy Expectations. ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship, Co-I, £79,148

Selected Publications

I welcome inquiries concerning supervision of research students in the following areas: science and technology studies; chemistry studies; technoscience, politics and social movements; decoloniality and geopolitics; social and ecological justice; social theory.

I have supervised more than twenty research students to successful completion and I am currently supervising:

Shawn Bhimani on humanitarian logistics and the global organization of dark supply chains

Benjamin Gross on a decolonial approach to South Korean Higher Education

Robert Ott on craft, embodiment and materiality in artisanal fashion design

Daniele Pizio on cryptography, privacy and anonymous socio-technical infrastructures in the hidden internet

Nico Vass is making a graphic PhD on the use of visuals in community organizing

Tong Zhang on political governance and city branding in Chongqing

Past Research

ONGOING AWARDS

Research Awards:

2018-2020, Mending the New: A Framework for Reconciliation Through Testimonial Digital Textiles in the Transition to Post-Conflict Rural Colombia. UKRI Newton-Colciencias ODA, PI, £524,733

2018-2020, Benign by Design: The Emergence of Ecologically Sustainable Chemical Innovation. Leverhulme Research Fellowship, PI, £62,051

2019, Responsible Research & Innovation Training Design, EPSRC, PI, £31,063

Other awards:

2019-2023, Ensuring the Social Legitimacy of Animal Research: Comparing Public and Policy Expectations. ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship, Co-I, £79,148

PAST RESEARCH AWARDS

2016, Development and Practice of Green Chemical Innovation in the UK, PI

2015, Migration, Epigenetics and Mental Health, Co-I

2011, Mapping of Epigenetic Innovation in Psychiatry and Neuroscience, PI

2004, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Feodor-Lynen Visiting Fellowship, Center for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, PI

2001-2002, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Feodor-Lynen Resident Research Fellowship, Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley, PI

1991-1992, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Research Scholarship, PI

Future Research

FORTHCOMING BOOKS

Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). Chemopolitics and Elemental Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Papadopoulos, D., Puig de le Bellacasa, M., & Myers, N. (Eds.). (forthcoming 2019). Reactivating Elements. Substance, Process and Practice from Chemistry to Cosmology. Durham: Duke University Press.

FORTHCOMING PAPERS

Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). The problem with scale. Intensive temporalities and the becoming ecological of chemistry. Social Studies of Science.

Papadopoulos, D. (in preparation). There is no future without green chemistry. The urgency and limits of sustainable bioeconomies. Science, Technology & Human Values.

Papadopoulos, D. (submitted). Elementals of autonomous chemistry. In D. Papadopoulos, M. Puig de la Bellacasa, & N. Myers, (Eds.) Reactivating Elements. Substance, Process and Practice from Chemistry to Cosmology. Durham: Duke University Press.

Graham, J., & Papadopoulos, D. (under review). The movement of the precarious: Organizing in three acts. Organization.

Carrieri, A.d.P, Papadopoulos, D., Quaresma Júnior, E.A., & Silva, A.R.L., (under revision). Ontological resistance: Escaping power in the Vila Rubim market. Urban Studies.

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