Javier Lezaun

Javier Lezaun

Contact details

Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
University of Oxford
64 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6PN

+44 (0)1865 288943

Javier Lezaun is James Martin Lecturer in Science and Technology Governance, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society. Javier received a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University (2004). Before joining the Oxford faculty he held positions at the London School of Economics and Amherst College. He is a Fellow at Kellogg College.

Javier’s research focuses on the politics of scientific research. In the past he has studied the political implications of genetic modification, the emergence of publics and counter-publics around novel biotechnologies, and the interplay of scientific expertise and policy institutions.

As part of the BioProperty research group, Javier is currently researching emerging forms of ownership over human pluripotent stem cells, the patentability of genetically modified insects, and (along with his colleagues in the group) novel practices of exchange in global health research.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

Lezaun, J. and N. Calvillo (forthcoming) In the Political Laboratory: Kurt Lewin's Atmospheres Journal of Cultural Economy

Woolgar, S. and J. Lezaun (2013) The wrong bin bag: a turn to ontology in science and technology studies? Social Studies of Science 43(3): 321-340.

Lezaun, J. and A. Kelly (2013) Walking or waiting? Topologies of the breeding ground in malaria control. Science as Culture 22(1): 86-107.

Lezaun, J., F. Muniesa and S. Vikkelsø (2013) Provocative containment and the drift of social-scientific realism. Journal of Cultural Economy 6(3): 278-293.

Lezaun, J. (2012) The pragmatic sanction of materials: notes for an ethnography of legal substancesJournal of Law and Society 39(1): 20-38.

Lezaun, J. and Schneider, T. (2012) Endless qualifications, restless consumption: the governance of novel foods in Europe. Science as Culture 21(3): 365-391.

Lezaun, J. (2011) Offshore democracy: launch and landfall of a socio-technical experimentEconomy and Society 40(4): 553-581.

Marres, N. and Lezaun, J. (2011)  Materials and devices of the public: an introduction. Economy and Society 40(4): 489-509.

Lezaun, J. (2011) Bees, beekeepers and bureaucrats: parasitism and the politics of transgenic life. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(4): 738–756.

Lezaun, J. (2010) Eloquence and incommensurability: an investigation into the grammar of irreconcilable differences. Social Studies of Science 40(3): 349-375.

Lezaun, J. (2008) Self-contained bioethics and the politics of prohibition. Law, Culture and the Humanities 4(3): 323–338.

Lezaun, J. (2007) A market of opinions: the political epistemology of focus groups. Sociological Review 55(2): 130-151 [Also published in M. Callon, Y. Millo and F.Muniesa (eds.) Market Devices. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007.].

Lezaun, J. and Soneryd, L. (2007) Consulting citizens: technologies of elicitation and he mobility of publics. Public Understanding of Science 16(3): 279-297.

Lezaun, J. (2006) Creating a new object of government: making genetically modified organisms traceable. Social Studies of Science 36(4): 499-531.

Lezaun, J. and Groenleer, M. (2006) Food control emergencies and the territorialization of the European Union.  Journal of European Integration 28(5): 437-455.

Lezaun, J. and Millo, Y. (2006) Regulatory experiments: GM crops and financial derivatives on trial. Science and Public Policy 33(3): 179-190.

Edited books

Lezaun, J. and Sarat, A. (eds.) (2009) Catastrophe: Law, politics and the humanitarian impulseAmherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009.

Book chapters & commentaries

Lezaun, J. (2013) The escalating politics of 'Big Biology' BioSocieties 8: 480-485 (December 2013).

Lezaun, J. (2013) Ergonomics of democracy. In K. Cupers (ed.) Use Matters: An alternative history of architecture. London and New York: Routledge.

Rubio, F. D. and Lezaun, J. (2011) Technology, legal knowledge and citizenship: on the care of Locked-in Syndrome patients. In: P. Baert and F.D. Rubio (eds.) The politics of knowledge. London: Routledge, 2011, 58-78.

Lezaun, J. (2010) Bioethics and the risk regulation of 'frontier research': the case of gene therapy. In: B. Hutter (ed.) Anticipating risk and organising risk regulation. Cambridge University Press, 2010, 208-230.