François Thoreau

Docteur en science politique et sociale (2013, ULg)

Licencié en science politique et administration publique (2008, ULg)
Gradué en droit (2005, ISELL)

Matières de prédilection : Évaluation technologique, science et société, méthodes participatives.

François Thoreau is now a postdoctoral fellow at Spiral research center (ULg, 2015-2018). He holds a PhD in social and political science from the University of Liege (2013) which deals with issues in responsible innovation of nanotechnologies. Previously François was visiting scholar at Arizona State University (2009), Senior researcher at the CRIDS where he worked on the politics of ICTs (2013-2014) and at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation (CSI — Mines ParisTech, 2014-2015). He also contributed to set up the Belgian network for Science & Technology Studies (B.STS) from 2010 onwards and he is also a member of the board of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (2013-2016).

He know works on the politics of genomic information within the framework of the GIGS project. He takes interest in the govermentality of gene sequencing, following the fast spreading use of such techniques in public health research and clinical practice.

Recherches précédentes

La thèse de doctorat traite de la question de la réflexivité dans le domaine des nanotechnologies. Depuis leurs origines, les nanotechnologies cherchent à s'inscrire dans une démarche d'innovation dite "responsable", ce qui témoigne d'une volonté d'appréhender, avant qu'elles ne surviennent, les conséquences indésirables du développement des nanotechnologies. Pour ce faire, les sciences humaines et sociales (SHS) sont mobilisées, au travers de leurs expertises en matière de participation et leurs perspectives analytiques sur les développements de la technologie, la recherche et l'innovation. La thèse s'interroge donc sur les notions de réflexivité mobilisée dans le cadre du développement des nanotechnologies, et sur le rôle des SHS dans ce déploiement.

The PhD bears with the question of reflexivity in the case of nanotechnologies. It has long been acknowledged that nanotechnologies should be developed in a so-called "responsible" way. To some extent, this implies that undesirable consequences shall be harnessed before they even happen, whenever possible. To this end, scholars from social sciences and humanities are largely required to bring in their participatory expertise and critical perspective on technology as well as R&D developments. The PhD thus raises some contested dimensions of reflexivity as they are being mobilized within the framework of nanotechnologies' development, and therefore it questions the role of social sciences in this process.

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