DG Joint Research Centre

The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission’s in-house science service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy. The mission of the Econometrics and Applied Statistics Unit is to provide policy monitoring and impact evaluation in areas relevant to progress and stability of the European society. The Project “Science and Technology Studies” (STS) is consolidating a strong competence on STS across the JRC, also through the implementation of an Engagement Lab. As the EU relies on Science and Technology based innovation to secure its present and develop its future, reflecting on and anticipating societal impacts arising from current narratives embodied in EU policy becomes essential to nurture societal trust. To this aim the activities of this group are centred on knowledge assessment, quality assurance of scientific inputs to policy (investigating the social robustness of relevant science), putting a strong emphasis on dialogue and public engagement activities in techno-science developments.


Ângela Guimarães Pereira

Principal Investigator
Has been at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission since 1992. She leads the “Science and Technology Studies” JRC project. Post-normal science inspires her work on governance of and dialogues about science and technology. She authored many peer-reviewed publications, contributing to many books, such as the 2016 “Science on the Verge” CSPO/ASU. Her interests lie in intersections of science with other ways of knowing, such as arts. Her favourite story is Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

Paulo Rosa

Paulo Rosa holds a Ph.D. in Digital Media and a Master degree in Environmental Management Systems both from the New University of Lisbon. He is currently at the European Commission, in DG Joint Research Centre, as a Scientific/Technical Support Officer working in the field of Science and Technology Studies. Paulo has a strong hands-on experience in the design and development of innovative information and communication technologies focused on science communication, environmental education and public engagement; the design and implementation of virtual citizen participatory methods; and the development of online interactive applications to extended governance initiatives in areas of risk governance and sustainability.

Thomas Völker

Thomas Völker is a Science and Technology Studies scholar and a postdoctoral researcher at the JRC. In his PhD-thesis he focused on practices of producing and circulating anticipatory knowledge in transdisciplinary sustainability research. His research interests include collaborative future-making in science and technology and the spatialities and temporalities of participatory research. Apart from that he is fascinated by Science Fiction novels and the multiple associations of SF and emerging technoscientific fields.

David Romero

PhD student
David Romero holds a bachelor degree in Social Psychology and a Master degree in Governance for Sustainability from the University of La Laguna (Canary Islands). He is currently working at the Science and Technology Studies area in DG Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, focusing his PhD in the development of innovative methods to bring together participatory processes and socio-environmental complexity, mainly in island territories. His bedside book is the voyage of the Beagle from Charles Darwin.

Tessa Dunlop

PhD student
Tessa Dunlop was a financial television journalist at Reuters in Hong Kong before working as a writer/editor at the European Forest Institute in Barcelona. She undertook a masters degree in ecological economics and sustainability at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and is now undertaking her PhD with the Science and Technology Studies (STS) project at the Joint Research Centre in Ispra. Her research investigates the framing of sustainability and security issues regarding the climate-water-food-energy nexus and explores new ways to achieve a more robust dialogue at the science-policy interface. She likes authors that challenge lopsided historical narratives including Clive Pointing, George Monbiot and Niall Ferguson.