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Lydie Cabane

Lydie Cabane

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Lydie Cabane currently works as Postdoctoral Researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Institute for Research on Innovation and Society (IFRIS) and was affiliated with the CERMES3 (Research Centre on Health, Medicine, Science and Society) in Paris, France. Her current research focuses on how science and universities have shaped the field of ‘global health’. She was a Visiting Fellow with the Program on Science, Technology and Society (STS) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2014. During her stay, she will conduct empirical research on how North American universities have developed ‘global health’ curricula, programmes and research in relation with the transforming geopolitics of the 21st century.

In 2012, she received a PhD in sociology from Sciences Po Paris. Her dissertation, entitled “Governing disasters. Policy, knowledge and organisation of disaster management in South Africa”, analysed how science, techniques and professions shaped understanding of disasters, and consequently state intervention throughout the 20th century until the contemporary era. This case-study was carefully inscribed in broader global transformations, through an empirical analysis of transnational expert networks, the circulation of sciences and risk analysis.

After a first post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Bordeaux, she was awarded a 2 years fellowship by the IFRIS (starting in 2014) to develop a new research project at the CERMES3, a leading social sciences research centre on health.This project seeks to understand how science and universities in the United States have contributed to redefine the field of international health into global health. This study involves an analysis of the transformation of the discipline of international health in the United States as well as a study of how selected academic institutions developed programmes and researches in global health.

Over the past years, Lydie has taught a broad variety of topics in sociology and political science at various French academic institutions. She was also a teaching assistant at the University of Cape Town in 2004-2005. She studied history and sociology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan from 2003 to 2007, after receiving an intensive training in social sciences and humanities. In 2007, she was awarded an MA in sociology from Sciences Po Paris.

Recent publications
“Conflicts as Disasters. Translating violent conflict in post-apartheid South Africa.” in Berhends, Park and Rottenburg, Translating Technologies of Social Ordering : Travelling Models in African Conflict Management, Leiden, Brill-Aegis, 2014.
“Des experts de l’entre-deux.Circulation, académisation et institutionnalisation des disaster studies au Sud”, in Martine Kaluszysnki and Renaud Payre (eds.), Savoirs de gouvernement. Paris, Economica, 2013.

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