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Teresa Y. Branch-Smith, PhD

ABOUT ME

I am a philosopher of science specializing in values in science and science communication. I am currently a postdoc at the Institut Jean Nicod in the Epistemic Norms lab (DEC) where I work with Gloria Origgi at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) - PSL in Paris, France. My work here is supported by Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) as part of European Union's Horizon 2020 project, specifically: Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action (PEriTiA).


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At the moment, my research focuses on the role of values with respect to social indicators of trust. As values are integral to science (eg. determining research questions, setting thresholds for acceptable evidence) publics come to trust or distrust science in part due to how they view values used in science and the values of experts. For preliminary work on values and social indicators of trust in the context of public engagement with science and environmental risk see here.

I am best known for my interdisciplinary field philosophy work in near-living architecture and computer science. For information and interviews about my Philosopher-in-Residence research in architecture see here and here. For an interview about my integrated work in computer science and bias see here.

I completed my dissertation, Contextualizing Science for Value-Conscious Communication, under the supervision of Heather Douglas (with assistance from Doreen Fraser) at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

For my full CV, see here.

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2021

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Institut Jean Nicod - Epistemic Norms
Département d'Etudes Cognitives

Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL
75005 Paris, FRANCE.

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