Reconstructing past climates from trees: a sociological study of dendroclimatology
My research is a case study of a community of dendroclimatologists in Scotland.
Dendroclimatology (the study of past climates from tree-ring growth) is a scientific discipline that has gained scientific and political relevance because it might help to contextualize current climate change and delimitate future climate models scenarios. More recently, dendroclimatological practices have been the focus of public debate and criticism as a result of the Climategate email hacking, and other controversies surrounding Michael Mann's "hockey stick".
In my thesis, I am interested to understand how scientists' trust on the validity of certain results, practices and people is generated and at the same time, how this trustful attitude enables the development of dendroclimatological practices and knowledge. This topic is closely connected to the area of the sociology of scientific knowledge that studies science as a social activity and explores the social mechanisms and attitudes that make scientific knowledge possible. I use a range of research methods (ethnographic methods, interviews, documentary analysis) to generate data.
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Awards and Funding
- Sue Grant Service Award 2013 for my voluntary work with communities in the School of Social and Political Sciences, Scotland and in Catalonia.
- Award for the best PhD presentation in the PhD conference 2013; Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.
- Student-Led Project Grant 2013 to organise a mediation and conflict resolution workshop for social researchers; School of Social and Political Sciences
- ESRC Quota Nomination Award (‘Tuition fees’ only), studentship number: ES/I017917/1, September 2010- September 2014.
- ‘Sa Nostra’ Foundation Scholar for Postgraduate Studies, September 2009-September 2010.
- Scholarship for last year undergraduate students [‘Beca collaboració per a estudiants d’últim curs’], Spanish Ministry of Education and Sports, December 2008- March 2009.
- ERASMUS studentship, Univerzita Karlove v Praze (University of Charles), Prague, Czech Republic, September 2007- February 2008.
Ramírez-Ollé, Meritxell (submitted). "Striving for granted authority: a boundary-work analysis of ‘climategate’".
- 2011. MSc by Research with distinction in Science and Technology Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
- 2010. MSc in Science and Technology Policy and Management, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
- 2004-2009. B.Sc. in Political Science and Administration, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia.
- 2009. Teaching Certificate, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia.
- Social and Political Enquiry [2010, 2011: Tutor]
- Introduction to Sustainable Development [2011, 2012: Senior Tutor]
- Science and the Environment [2011, 2012, 2013: Senior Tutor]
- Sociology 1A: The sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society [2012: Tutor]
- Doing and Designing Social Research [2012: Tutor]
- Data Collection [2013, Tutor]
- 2013-2014: Co-organiser of the PhD ISSTI seminar: http://www.issti.ed.ac.uk/research_students/seminar
- 2011. Elaboration of the market research report for MSc Programme in Science, Technology and Innovation.
- 2010- 2012. Research co-representative for Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.
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27 November 2013