Integrating social and ethical considerations into nuclear research

SCK•CEN Mentor

Van Oudheusden Michiel, mvoudheu@sckcen.be, +32 (0)14 33 80 40

Expert group

Nuclear Science and Technology Studies

SCK•CEN Co-mentor

Turcanu Catrinel, cturcanu@sckcen.be, +32 (0)14 33 21 02

Introduction

The PISA (Programme for the Integration of Social Aspects into nuclear research) research group at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN is looking for a MA student in social sciences / humanities to conduct ethnographic lab work and fieldwork. The student will observe how SCK-CEN scientists and technologists monitor and model NORM radionuclides found in forests at the contaminated site of Kepkensberg in Ham. He/she will conduct semi-structured interactions with scientists with the aim of enhancing reflection about how and why research decisions are made. Training in lab ethnography will be provided by a leading expert in the field, Prof. Dr. Erik Fisher (Arizona State University).

Objective

The project's aim is to enhance socio-technical governance that responds to EC’s aim of paying increased attention to the social aspects of scientific R&D by: making social scientists more sensitive to the day-to-day complexities of research practices and challenging life scientists and technologists to think about their research in different ways. The project's outcomes will be dissemanted among members of the European nuclear radiation protection networks.

The minimum diploma level of the candidate needs to be

Academic bachelor