Policy Organization of Spaces, Objects and Subjects: An Ethnography of Big Science in the Öresund Region
The project mainly concerns EU innovation policy and the Triple Helix model, as both are closely related to the construction of two world-leading ‘Big Science’ research facilities in Sweden: The European Spallation Source (ESS) and the MAX IV laboratory. The project will raise awareness of the contemporary organizational policy processes concerned with ESS and MAX IV and operating at various scales in the Öresund regional setting (i.e., southern Sweden and Denmark’s Copenhagen area). Notably, these new policy processes will have unforeseen effects on the modern welfare project.
The aim of the project is twofold. First, the project will report on a recent ethnographic study of the policy processes within the context of ESS and MAX IV. This study seeks to disclose how policy processes at various scales organize spaces, objects, and subjects in the Öresund region, and to discuss unforeseen effects on the modern welfare project. Second, the project will develop an alternative theoretical-methodological research approach for the anthropology of policy, with a focus on modernity, organization, and technology.