Visiting Fellow, Spring 2019
Stathis Arapostathis is Assistant Professor in the History of Science and Technology in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. He completed his DPhil in Modern History, University of Oxford. His research interests cover: the history of intellectual property in science and technology; the history of the relationship between science and technology; the history of energy infrastructures; the history and sociology of technology and the environment; and the history and sociology of expertize. He has held research positions and fellowships in Britain (Universities of Leeds, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Oxford) and the USA (Fulbright Fellow, Law School, UC at Davis). He has co-authored (with Graeme Gooday) the award-winning book Patently Contestable: Electrical Technologies and Inventor Identities on Trial in Britain (MIT Press, 2013) and recently co-edited (with Aristotle Tympas) a special issue in the journal History of Technology on the History and Historiography of Technology in Greece from 19th to 21st Century, 33 (2017). He has been published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
During the period of the fellowship, the fellow has analysed data and archival sources already researched in Greece. Also the fellow had the opportunity to conduct research in US archives. The sources have been used for the completion of the book project and more specifically for the use in individual chapters and research papers. The book entitled provisionally “Expertising Greece: Technoscience, Environment and the Greek State, 1945-present” studies the role of technoscientific experts and expertise in the co-production of state policies and the environment. The research covers cases from the energy sector, the agriculture and food industry, the management of natural commons. Furthermore, the book explores the role of experts in assessing risks, hazards and uncertainties in relation to the nuclear energy production, the contamination of sea and river waters and the air quality. Emphasis of the book is given on the politics of expertise and the material politics that configure public policies and the state.