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My background is in Science and Technology Studies, and my overall research interest is about how knowledge is used, and shaped, to inform social and political decision-making processes around complex and uncertain issues.
I wrote my PhD (defended in 2011) about ‘reflexive interdisciplinarity’, looking at how interdisciplinary dynamics emerge and develop, and how they come to shape the science-policy interface for climate change.
Then, using a post-normal science approach, I looked at how (uncertain) marine science was used to guide decision-making in the pressing topic of whether or not to open Northern Norway to oil exploration, and how local voices came to shape the debates in important ways.
In the last few years, I have slightly changed my focus to do ELSA-type research (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of emerging technologies) in the context of precision cancer research, as part of my affiliation with the Centre for Cancer Biomarkers. Here, together with PhD candidates, post-docs and junior researchers, we look at the social and political context of cancer research, and question the premise of precision oncology in the context of highly complex and uncertain cancer biology.
Since mid-2020, I am also leading the AFINO Research School, where I organise teaching/learning activities to critically look at Responsible Research and Innovation, its implementation, its evaluation, and its links to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. Further looking at what responsible research means, I am part of the SeMPER-Arctic project where I help nurture reflexivity within the consortium on conducting caring and responsible narrative research in the Arctic.
The importance of current local representations for shaping futures for the Arctic - Blog entry on the SeMPER-Arctic website. (2021)
Teaching RRI in higher education: for whom? Why? How? Blog entry on the AFINO website. (2021)
Voices from our community on the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in volume 5 of QueerSTS Forum: Queer-feminist issues in pandemic times.(2020)
My teaching revolves around two key activities:
CCBIO903 PhD course: "Cancer research: Ethical, Social and Economic Aspects"; I co-organise and teach in the nearly yearly two-weeks interdisciplinary PhD course for medical students, which is part of the Research School of CCBIO (Centre for Cancer Biomarkers). This course constitutes a space for critically thinking about the broader economic, social and ethical context of cancer research, and it gives PhD candidates the opportunity to discuss this in an open, ‘slow’ and participatory way.
Leader of the WP3 'AFINO Research School': I organise and take part in the teaching of various activities such as summer schools and workshops, aimed at reflexively looking at Responsible Research and Innovation, its theoretical contours, its implementation, its evaluation, its teaching, and its links to inter- and transdisciplinary research. The teaching activities are targeted towards PhD candidates, but also extend to junior and senior researchers in the field of RRI.
- 2018. Co-producing "post-normal" climate knowledge with communities in northeast Bangladesh. Weather, Climate, and Society. 259-268.
- 2017. Narrative as a method for eliciting tacit knowledge of climate variability in Bangladesh. Weather, Climate, and Society. 669-686.
- 2016. Mapping ethical and social aspects of cancer biomarkers. New Biotechnology. 763-772.
- 2014. Inadequate risk assessments – A study on worst-case scenarios related to petroleum exploitation in the Lofoten area. Marine Policy. 82-89.
- 2014. Harmful routines? Uncertainty in science and conflicting views on routine petroleum operations in Norway. Marine Policy. 313-320.
- 2013. Pre-requisites to interdisciplinary research for climate change: lessons from a participatory action research process in Ile-de-France. International Journal of Sustainable Development. 1-22.
- 2012. Interdisciplinarité et outils réflexifs : vers une approche globale des trames vertes urbaines. VertigO - la revue électronique en sciences de l'environnement. 1-18.
- 2010. Dissipating the fuzziness around interdisciplinarity: The case of climate change research. SAPIENS Surveys and Perspectives Integrating Environment and Society. 1-6.
- 2011. Reflexive interdisciplinarity: Supporting dialogue on the role of science for climate change.
- 2016. Mouse models: some reflections from the lab. 6 pages.
- 2015. Choosing our Food Futures Through Participation? A Critique of ‘Scenario Workshops’ in Lofoten. 11 pages.
- 2015. Challenges to Evaluating Coastal Management in the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from the Lofoten Archipelago. 20 pages.
- 2013. Reflexively Mapping the Science-Policy Interface for Coastal Zones. 12 pages.
- 2013. Oil versus fish’ in northern Norway: perspectives of the market, the law, and the citizen. 7 pages.
- 2012. Climate Change and Biodiversity: A Need for 'Reflexive Interdisciplinarity. 6 pages.
- 2015. Climate change and agri-cultural knowledge: Bangladesh through a mirror and magnifying glass. 387-393. In:
- 2015. Know your food. Food ethics and innovation. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Bremer, S., Stiller-Reeve, M., Blanchard, A., et al. (2018) Co-producing Post-normal Climate Knowledge with Communities in Northeast Bangladesh. Wea. Climate Soc., 10, 259–268.
Blanchard, A., & Wik, E. (2017). What is a good (enough) cancer biomarker? In A. Blanchard & R. Strand (Eds.), Cancer Biomarkers: Ethics, Economics and Society (pp. 7-24). Norway: Megaloceros Press.
Blanchard, A., & Strand, R. (2017). Introduction to issues around cancer biomarkers. In A. Blanchard & R. Strand (Eds.), Cancer Biomarkers: Ethics, Economics and Society (pp. 1-6). Norway: Megaloceros Press.
Bremer, S., Blanchard. A., et al. (2017): Narrative as a Method for Eliciting Tacit Knowledge of Climate Variability in Bangladesh. Wea. Climate Soc., 9, 669–686.
Blanchard, A. (2016). Mapping ethical and social aspects of cancer biomarkers. New Biotechnology, 33(6), 763-772.
Blanchard, A. (2016). Mouse models: some reflections from the lab. In A. Olsson, S. Araujo & F. Vieira (Eds.), Food Futures: Ethics, Science and Culture (pp. 505-510). The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Bremer, S., Blanchard, A., & Kaiser, M. (2015). Challenges to Evaluating Coastal Management in the Twenty-First Century: Lessons from the Lofoten Archipelago. In J. Baztan, O. Chouinard, B. Jorgensen, P. Tett, J.-P. Vanderlinden & L. Vasseur (Eds.), Coastal Zones: Solutions for the 21st Century (pp. 253-270). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier.
Blanchard, A., & Bremer, S. (2015). Climate change and agri-cultural knowledge: Bangladesh through a mirror and magnifying glass. In D. E. Dumitras, I. M. Jitea & S. Aerts (Eds.), Know your Food (pp. 387-393). The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Blanchard, A. (2015). Choosing our food futures through participation? A critique of ‘scenario workshops’ in Lofoten. In S. Hongladarom (Ed.), Food and Agricultural Ethics in the Asia-Pacific Region. Bangkok, Thailand.
Blanchard, A., Hauge, K. H., Andersen, G., Fosså, J. H., Grøsvik, B. E., Handegard, N. O., et al. (2014). Harmful routines? Uncertainty in science and conflicting views on routine petroleum operations in Norway. Marine Policy, 43, 313-320.
Hauge, K. H., Blanchard, A., Andersen, G., Boland, R., Grøsvik, B. E., Howell, D., et al. (2014). Inadequate Risk Assessments – A Study on Worst-Case Scenarios Related to Petroleum Exploitation in the Lofoten Area. Marine Policy, 44, 82-89.
Blanchard, A. (2013). ‘Oil versus fish’ in northern Norway Perspectives of the market, the law, and the citizen. In H. Röcklinsberg, P. Sandin, A. Algers, B. Algers & J. Hultgren (Eds.), The Ethics of Consumption: The Citizen, The Market, and The Law. Uppsala, Sweden: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Blanchard, A., & Vanderlinden, J.-P. (2013). Pre-requisites to interdisciplinary research for climate change: lessons from a participatory action research process in Île-de-France. International Journal of Sustainable Development, 16(1-2), 1-22.
Blanchard, A. (2012). Climate change and biodiversity: a need for reflexive interdisciplinarity. In T. Potthast & S. Meisch (Eds.) Climate Change and Sustainable Development - Ethical Perspectives on Land Use and Food Production. The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
Blanchard, A. (2011). Reflexive interdisciplinarity: Supporting dialogue on the role of science for climate change. Ph.D, University of Bergen.
Blanchard, A., & Vanderlinden, J.-P. (2010). Dissipating the fuzziness around interdisciplinarity: the case of climate change research. S.A.P.I.EN.S., 3(1), 1-6.
- AFINO project (2019-2024): NFR-funded research project 'Ansvarlig forskning og innovasjon i Norge', a centre for developing, networking and reflecting on Responsible research and Innovation in Norway.
- CCBIO project (2014 - 2023): As part of the Centre of Excellence Centre for Cancer Biomarkers (CCBIO), Bergen, related to the ethical, legal and social aspects of cancer biomarkers.
- SeMPER-Arctic project (2020-2023): Funded by The Belmont Forum: 'Sense Making, Place attachment, and Extended networks as sources of Resilience in the Arctic'
- CoCliServ project (2017-2021): Funded by the ERA4CS (European Research Area for Climate Services): 'Co-development of place-based climate services for action'
- TRACKS project (2014 - 2017): NFR-funded research project 'TRAnsforming Climate Knowledge with and for Society'
- UncAP project (2011 - 2013): NFR-funded research project 'Uncertainty Assessments Related to Opening New Areas for Petroleum Activity in the Lofoten'
- RAMONS project (2008 - 2011): Research project funded by the Parisian Scientific Consortium for Climate, Environment and Society: 'Research and Animation: Mobilisation of Interdisciplinary Knowledge for Climate Change and Science-Policy Interface'
2008 - 2011: PhD thesis titled 'Reflexive interdisciplinarity: Supporting dialogue on the role of science for climate change'. From the University of Bergen and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (France)
2008: Master's Degree in Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (France)
2006: Degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France)