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Professor Brian Rappert

Professor (Sociology)


01392 723353

Amory 318A

My long term concern lies with the social and ethical dilemmas associated with scientific and technical expertise.  In particular, I have been concerned with the negotiated management of information in areas of public controversy.  Much of my work in past years examined how the responsible stewardship of the life sciences can be ensured, so as to avoid civilian research being used to intentionally spread disease. I also have been active in examining and participating in attempts to enhance the humanitarian restrictions governing the conduct of war.

Because much of my research takes place in security and diplomatic communities, where questions of disclosure and concealment loom large, as of late I have turned to reflecting on the methodological issues associated with investigating and writing about secrecy.  This, in turn, has led to attention to silences and absences: how some issues don’t get considered, how some concerns go unsaid, what grievances never get formed, and what paths in social and political are never pursued.

Office Hours - Room 318a Amory
Tuesday: 15:30-16:30
Friday: 14:30-15:30

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Research interests

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Research supervision

  • Sociology of science and technology
  • Discourse analysis
  • Criminology
  • War and conflict
  • Secrecy


Research students

Abi Dymond
SWDTC Studentship

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