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Simone Turchetti graduated in Philosophy from the University of Rome «La Sapienza», 1997; he has a MSc, History of Science, Technology and Medicine, from the UoM, 2000; a PhD, from UoM, 2003; his thesis’ title is: Use, Refuse or Lock Them Up? A history of Italian Academic Refugees in Britain, 1930-1950.

Turchetti is interested in the recent evolutions in science and technology, especially in connection with the emergence of ‘big science’ and the development of international relations. He is pursuing an interdisciplinary research programme which aims to provide a novel picture of the relations existing between the scientific community, international diplomacy and the intelligence agencies, especially during the post-WW2 period and the Cold War years.

He also looks for ways to take these historical reflections into the present examining for instance the legacy of debates and policies on climate and environmental change, and atomic energy. He will perform a case study on the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization, and supervise the work performed by S. Robinson.

Case Study Pitch

Dr. Turchetti is author of InsSciDE case study n°7.1, Origins of environmental monitoring in Europe: NATO and the Cold War legacy. Read the pitch for this case study here.

This pitch outlines how case study n°7.1 deals with the organization of original research and environmental monitoring activities under the aegis of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Key quote: ’Looking at NATO provides a unique opportunity to explore what Crawford, Shinn and Sörlin (1993) have referred to as a bureaucratic mode of international scientific collaboration, in which actors do not spontaneously elaborate and/or endorse specific schemes, but instead are appointed by government agencies and foreign office departments to represent a national viewpoint in the multilateral forum.’