Making Standards Workshop

Hosted by Technoscience and Regulation Research Unit, January 21 - 22, 2016

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Welcome to TRRU

At TRRU we study the cultural matrix of emerging social, technical, and biological products and processes

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Vaccines of the 21st Century

Examining vaccine development and implementation in low, middle, and high income countries

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Articulating Standards

Researchers at TRRU examine local and global, technical, legal and social, health technology regulatory practices.

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Interdisciplinarity

TRRU researchers come from diverse academic and professional backgrounds, allowing different knowledge currents to produce innovative research.

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Commercialized Science in the Making

Conceptualizing and measuring ways in which commercialization practices influence the work, interactions, and values of health researchers, and how their participation in such practices, in turn, shapes the commercialization process.

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Risks & Regulation

Describing regulatory actors and mapping the regulatory territory of scientific evidence and policy decisions.

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Vaccine Safety in Burkina Faso

Identifying the types of expertise and knowledge exchanged and communicated between international, national and local actors.

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Led by medical anthropologist Professor Janice Graham, our research team uses a science and technology studies conceptual framework and multi-sited ethnographic methodological approach to understand how scientific and cultural facts emerge. Read more about our team.


Our multi-sited ethnographic projects are situated in laboratories (public and private, developed and developing countries), in biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporate offices, and in government regulatory agencies. While our primary research site is Canada, our members have conducted research in Burkina Faso, Colombia and the United Kingdom. Learn more about our research projects.