Dr Elisa Pieri

Lecturer in Sociology

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Dr Elisa Pieri

Laurea (Univ. of Bologna), MSc (Univ. of Edinburgh), PhD (Univ. of Manchester)  


I am a social scientist with a background of interdisciplinary research.

My current research explores pandemic preparedness and its social implications (see research section).

I have conducted a number of externally funded projects (listed in the research section) investigating controversial issues in policy, science  and technology, and in discourse, media and public debates.

My doctoral research explored the process of securitisation and its impacts on urban space and on various stakeholders. 



My research interests and publications are in the areas of:

* Security, biopolitics, power and surveillance - including biometrics;
* Urban sociology, design and the built environment
* Science and Technology Studies (STS), sociology of knowledge, futures and sociology of expectation
* Governance, science and innovation (incl. public and multi-stakeholder engagement);
* Ethical, legal and social aspects of new technologies (incl. genomics - GM crops and foods, personalised medicine, psychiatric and behavioural genetics - the neurosciences, biometrics and security technologies);
* Language and power, media and discourse analysis.


External positions

Covid-19 Grant Reviewer, Swiss National Science Foundation

Apr 2020 → …

Visiting Researcher, Brocher Foundation

1 Jul 201929 Jul 2019

Visiting Researcher, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

20 Sep 20184 Oct 2018


  • security, urban sociology, pandemics, Science and Technology Studies , biopolitics, media analysis, frame analysis

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