I am a social scientist trained at the Universities of Coimbra (Portugal) and York (UK). My research interests are located in the fields of environmental sociology, and science and technology studies with a focus on environmental monitoring, public engagement and the use of ICTs in environmental assessments, and citizen science.
I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2010 as Research Fellow at the ESRC Genomics Forum.
My PhD, from the University of York (UK), examined the nature and role of lay engagement in environmental monitoring, establishing a framework for the analysis of public involvement in monitoring activities and contributing to the development of a sociology of monitoring. This project constituted the basis of my current interest in monitoring as a central aspect of policy making and knowledge production in contemporary societies.
Prior to moving to the UK, I held a lectureship in sociology at the University of Minho (Braga, Portugal) and was a junior researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (University of Coimbra).
PhD, Sociology, University of York, England
Masters by Research, Sociology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
BA, Sociology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
I’m developing research on new practices and notions of public participation, the digital and citizenship. This work is informed by previous projects on citizen science, knowledge making and public participation (see below).
I'm a founding member of SKAPE, the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy and an affiliate member of the Research Training Centre, both based in the School of Social and Political Science.
I'm the Programme Director for the MSc SaTiS, Science and Technology in Society.
Knowledge, Expertise and Policy: science and politics in contemporary governance (STIS 10010); 2nd semester (honours). Paused for academic year 21/22.
Cases in Sustainable Development (SSPS 10014); 2nd semester, MA in Sustainable Development (honours).
The Politics of Monitoring: Information, Indicators and Targets in Climate Change, Defence and Immigration Policy (ESRC funded, 2013-16). Co-I. This project examined both the determinants and the implications of monitoring policies across three key policy areas: climate change, immigration control and defence procurement over a 20-year period (1994-2014). See some of the outcomes under ‘publications’.
From Anxiety to Happiness: linking the digital self to the public good (CHSS funded, 2015). Joint lead-applicant and Co-I. This pilot, run with colleagues from Politics and Clinical Psychology, was the outcome of a sand-pit style event organised by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to encourage interdisciplinary and ‘transformational’ research. We examined whether self-quantifying behaviours and practices, together with a non-clinical level of anxiety, can be a stimulus to engagement with wider causes, including those that would be classed as public goods.
Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship on Users’ Experiences of Citizen Science (Beltane Public Engagement Network funded 2014). This fellowship aimed to develop a new approach to Citizen Science (CS) initiatives. It gathered participants (citizens), academics, practitioners and officials with a link to activities defined as CS. Through focused discussions it obtained a better understanding of what the actors involved see as the benefits and shortcomings of taking part in or organising CS.
EU ZOOS XXI: engaging the public in nature conservation (EU FP7 funded, 2010-12). This project examined the role of European zoos in promoting public engagement with biodiversity conservation. I worked on strategies for public engagement with biodiversity and conservation issues in European zoos and marine parks. In large part this was a practical project aimed at developing new forms of interaction with the public; most of these have been established in the partner zoos.
Knowledge Exchange & Public Engagement
The Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing of Data and Evidence Network (CSCS Network) (IAD funded, 2015 onwards). With colleagues from across the University of Edinburgh (Biology, Law, Information Services, Health Sciences, Geosciences among others), I developed this network based on a shared interest or involvement in Citizen Science (CS), the Crowdsourcing of Evidence, and public participation in scientific, medical, humanities and policy research. This project follows on the work I started with the Beltane Fellowship and the CHSS-KE grant (below). For examples of past activities see http://citsci.ed.ac.uk/.
CHSS – Knowledge Exchange Grant on “Citizen Science ‘unplugged’: knowledge exchange with participants in and users of ‘citizen science’” (CHSS funded, 2014). This grant materialised in the ‘Citizen Science Discussion Forum’ (with policymakers, NGOs, practitioners, commissioners of citizen science and the citizen scientists themselves) for a facilitated discussion about engagement, participation, collaboration and the democratisation of knowledge.
My full list of Publications can be found here but have a look at:
Rodrigues, E (2018) ‘On SSK and Conversing with Scientists: Eugénia Rodrigues Talks with Michael J. Mulkay’ Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 4: 408-422.
Boswell, C and Rodrigues, E (2016) 'Policies, Politics and Organizational Problems: Multiple Streams and the Implementation of Targets in UK Government', Policy & Politics (44:4), 507-524. http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557315X14477577990650.
Wienroth, M and Rodrigues, E (2015) (eds) Knowing New Biotechnologies. Social Aspects of Technological Convergence. Oxford: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138022935/
Rodrigues, E (1995) Os novos movimentos sociais e o associativismo ambientalista em Portugal. Oficina do CES 60, 36.
Recent Invited Presentations
June 2021, International Seminar Biomes Project - Scientific Challenges for a New Global Food Pact. Forum do Futuro, Plataforma do Conhecimento, Brazil. Discussant in the Science and Society Dialogue panel. Reports here and here (in Portuguese).
Nov 2020 “New forms of public participation in science and citizenship”. Presentation to the conference series of the Doctoral Programme in Sociology 20/21. University of Coimbra.
July 2019, “Citizen science as open science?”. Presentation to the panel on Open Science, Conference of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS).
My interests are located in the broad areas of environmental sociology and science and technology studies and I would especially welcome proposals that refer to topics where these two fields meet. In particular, I would be interested in supervising research students on themes such as: monitoring and surveillance, environmental monitoring, new forms of lay participation mediated through new technologies and new social media, public engagement with and in science and technology notably within so-called citizen science initiatives.
Current PhD Students
Sofie Thoft Illemann Jaeger (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies): “No one will protect what they don't care about”: Examining participation strategies for public engagement with climate discourse.
Antonio Ballesteros Figueroa (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies): Constructing Imperfect Worlds Through Mundanity: Measuring and Forecasting Environmental Issues.
Completed PhD Students
Stuart Dunbar (Education): Young People’s Perspectives of Public Engagement with Science: a collaborative, intergenerational case study. (2020)
Daniel Thorpe (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies): Unbundling 'Indigenous Space Capability' - Actors, Policy Positions and Agency in Geospatial Information Science in Southwest Nigeria. (2019)