University of Manchester: Consortium #15, WPs 1/7/9

Sam Robinson is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Manchester. Trained as an historian his research focuses on the oceans, science policy, and the Cold War in British and Globe contexts. Previously a researcher in the Department of Sociology at the University of York as part of a project concerned with societal responses to scientific and technological visions of the future.

He completed a PhD as part of the ERC funded project, The Earth Under Surveillance, focusing on the relationship between ocean science and surveillance in Cold War Britain; see Ocean Science and the British Cold War State, Palgrave, 2018. Dr Robinson will act as a case study author in WP7.

Case Study Pitch

Dr. Robinson is author of InsSciDE case study n°7.2, Co-production of science and diplomacy in environmental monitoring: the case of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Read the pitch for this case study here.

This pitch outlines how case study n°7.2 focusses on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), investigating how scientists and diplomats have forged important synergies that shape environmental monitoring exercises and practices. Key quote: ’Using archival records, we aim to establish how the scientific aspects of the UNCLOS were negotiated, by, with, and for scientists for the global benefit of humankind.’