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Dimitris Papadopoulos

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

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Biography

I joined the University of Nottingham 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 am a Leverhulme Research Fellow and 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, Berkeley and the Centre for Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz.

I am leading EcoSocieties, one of the University of Nottingham's Interdisciplinary Research Clusters, and I am on the board of the Green Chemicals Beacon of Excellence. I am also involved in the EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemistry Atoms-2-Products: An Integrated Approach and in the BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre. I am a former co-editor of the journal Subjectivity and I am currently an editorial board member of the Sociological Review.

My current research looks at science, technology and social transformation. I have been awarded a Leverhulme grant to study the emergence of green and alternative chemical innovation and I am currently working on two books: a monograph on Chemical Ecologies and Reparative Justice and a co-edited volume on Ecological Reparation. Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict (Bristol University Press).

I have recently completed two books: a co-edited volume on Reactivating Elements: Substance, Actuality and Practice from Chemistry to Culture (Duke University Press, forthcoming in 2021) which examines new social and cultural research on chemical and elemental thinking and a monograph on Experimental Practice. Technoscience, Alterontologies and More-Than-Social Movements (Duke University Press, 2018) which investigates the distributed invention power of community technoscience, political movements and social innovation projects.

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

I have a long-standing interest in the sociology of social scientific knowledge and I have published three books on how human experience relates to socio-material processes: a monograph on Analysing Everyday Experience. Social Research and Political Change (Palgrave, 2006), and a monograph (LS Vygotsky, Lehmans, 2010) and a co-edited collection (Culture in Psychology, Asanger, 2002) on socio-cultural approaches to human development and subjectivity.

Research Summary

RECENT RESEARCH AWARDS

  • 2021-2022, Arid ethno-forestry food systems: a wellbeing alternative for communities living in drylands of the world. GCRF-AHRC, Co-I, £199,985
  • 2020-2021, Synthetic Biology Research Centre: Sustainable Routes to Platform Chemicals. BBSRC, Co-I, £2,380,595
  • 2019-2028, Atoms-to-Products: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Chemistry. EPSRC CDT, Co-I, £6,235,044
  • 2019, Responsible Research & Innovation Training Design, EPSRC, PI, £31,063
  • 2018-2020, Benign by Design: The Emergence of Ecologically Sustainable Chemical Innovation. Leverhulme Research Fellowship, PI, £62,051
  • 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

RECENT PGR AND POSTDOC AWARDS

  • 2020-2023, Leverhulme ECF, Dr Andrea Ghelfi: Politics of Matter: Food Sovereignty and Agroecological Farming Between Science and Society, £127,790
  • 2019-2023, Ensuring the Social Legitimacy of Animal Research: Comparing Public and Policy Expectations. ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship, Co-I, £79,148

RECENT ORGANIZATION OF ACADEMIC EVENTS

Selected Publications

I have supervised more than 20 research students to successful completion and I am currently supervising:

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

Kathleen Salter on the social legitimacy of animal research

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

Past Research

RECENT RESEARCH AWARDS

  • 2021-2022, Arid ethno-forestry food systems: a wellbeing alternative for communities living in drylands of the world. GCRF-AHRC, Co-I, £199,985
  • 2020-2021, Synthetic Biology Research Centre: Sustainable Routes to Platform Chemicals. BBSRC, Co-I, £2,380,595
  • 2019-2028, Atoms-to-Products: An Integrated Approach to Sustainable Chemistry. EPSRC CDT, Co-I, £6,235,044
  • 2019, Responsible Research & Innovation Training Design, EPSRC, PI, £31,063
  • 2018-2020, Benign by Design: The Emergence of Ecologically Sustainable Chemical Innovation. Leverhulme Research Fellowship, PI, £62,051
  • 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

RECENT PGR AND POSTDOC AWARDS

  • 2020-2023, Leverhulme ECF, Dr Andrea Ghelfi: Politics of Matter: Food Sovereignty and Agroecological Farming Between Science and Society, £127,790
  • 2019-2023, Ensuring the Social Legitimacy of Animal Research: Comparing Public and Policy Expectations. ESRC DTP Collaborative Studentship, Co-I, £79,148

PAST 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 Reparative Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Papadopoulos, D., Puig de la Bellacasa, M., Tacchetti, M. (in preparation) (Eds.). Ecological Reparation. Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict. Brtistol: Brtistol University Press.

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