Renan Gonçalves Leonel da Silva and Larry Au share results of their SSRC-supported study that compares three countries whose response to the pandemic has been especially fraught: Brazil, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Through a deep analysis of mainstream media coverage, they identify and analyze the different ways that Covid skepticism played out in these countries. Drawing on the concept of “sociotechnical imaginaries,” the authors show how blind spots in the ways experts and policymakers explain the need for certain responses can spark contestation over them.
Renan Gonçalves Leonel da Silva
Renan Gonçalves Leonel da Silva is a postdoctoral research fellow in science & technology studies in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a PhD in science and technology policy from the University of Campinas, Brazil. Gonçalves has been a visiting scholar in several centers of excellence in social science research as Columbia University Department of Sociology, Cornell University's Department of Science & Technology Studies, the New York University's Stern School of Business, and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation of the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Science. His work deals with the social inquiry of how ideas, practices, values, and beliefs shape regimes of biomedical knowledge production. Other subjects of interest are boundary work in molecular biological research; scientific bandwagon in twenty-first century; translational research in academic healthcare organizations; ethical, legal, and social implications of the diffusion of immunotherapies in society, precision medicine; social studies of neuroimmunology, and biopharmaceutical development in the Global South. Findings from his work have been published in Science, Technology, and Human Values; Science and Public Policy; Reports in Public Health; Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences; and other journals.