Emmanuel Henry

Deputy Scientific Director, National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS)
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Prof. Henry is Deputy Scientific Director at CNRS, Professor of Sociology at Université Paris Dauphine-PSL, and a former member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey (2020-2021). He is currently working on the links between scientific knowledge (and ignorance), expertise, and public policy in the field of public health (mostly regarding occupational and environmental health). His research projects cover two main areas. The first concerns the regulation of chemicals and how scientific knowledge and expertise shape the public policies dealing with toxics and hazards. Although his research focuses primarily on the regulation of occupational hazards, his work also addresses the boundaries with environmental health impacted by the proliferation of toxic products in the general environment. As part of a research team, he has just published a book:  Soraya Boudia, Angela N.H. Creager, Scott Frickel, Emmanuel Henry, Nathalie Jas, Carsten Reinhardt, and Jody A. Roberts, Residues: Thinking through Chemical Environments (New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press, 2021). The second project is a social study of the tools developed within epidemiology to measure the effects of work and environment on public health, particularly population attributable fractions and other types of impact measures. He will study how those tools were built, how they are used, and which effects they produce. This research will help to understand better what kind of issues epidemiology can help to address and what other problems it is less prepared to apprehend. He recently published in French: La fabrique des non‐problèmes. Ou comment éviter que la politique s’en mêle (Paris, Presses de Sciences Po, 2021).

Email: emmanuel.henry@dauphine.psl.eu