Roberto Cantoni

Roberto Cantoni


Post- doctoral student

Institution de rattachement


Trained as a physicist (MSc Università di Napoli ‘Federico II’, 2004), Roberto Cantoni obtained a Master 2 in the history of technology from Université Paris 7 ‘Denis Diderot’ (2010), a Master in Science Communication from SISSA-ISAS of Trieste (2011), and a PhD in the history of technology from the University of Manchester (2014).

 Project summary

His project aims at analysing the geopolitical and social repercussions of the spreading of shale gas extraction on Europe’s environmental transition, with particular focus on the technologies employed in the extraction of such resource. Shale gas has generated anxieties regarding Europe’s plans for switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. In addition, the environmental safety of technologies employed in shale gas exploration and production has been challenged by environmentalist groups, and protest movements have mushroomed throughout and beyond Europe. My research will investigate the public knowledge controversy originated by these technologies and the dynamics of co-production of knowledge and expertise in two European countries that adopted opposed strategies with respect to the exploitation of this new resource, namely France and Poland.