Laura Barbier

Laura Barbier



Institution de rattachement

Centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé, santé mentale, société (CERMES3)

PhD candidate at Cermes3 (CNRS/Inserm/EHESS/ Paris Descartes University) since November 2014 (PhD grant DIM IS2-IT).

Thesis subject

Epidemiological controversies on environmental pathologies around industrial sites: the nuclear case in the UK and France.

Under the supervision of Soraya Boudia and Jean-Paul Gaudillière.


After receiving a master’s degree in Social Sciences (with a specialty in the History of Sciences, Technologies and Societies), Laura Barbier is currently a PhD student at the Cermes3 lab. Her research is about epidemiological controversies around industrial sites with a specific focus on two nuclear waste reprocessing plants in the UK and France. More precisely, she is interested in the production of scientific knowledge and in its mobilization regarding the production of public evidence and the management of these controversies. Her research centers on the question of the accumulation of knowledge and of hierarchies which are formalized between different types of knowledge as well as their role as instruments to manage protest.