Barbara Bender Administrative Officer

After spending some years abroad, studying and working, Barbara arrived at Sciences Po in 2002. She spent 3 years at the International Affairs Division (DAIE), before joining the “Groupe d’Economie Mondiale” at Sciences Po, where she worked for the next eight years. In spring 2013, she joined the médialab team.

Nicolas Benvegnu Director

Nicolas Benvegnu (Ph.D) is a sociologist, educated at École des Mines and Sciences Po. He is currently the director of the FORCCAST program at Sciences Po (Investment for the Future of the French National Research Agency, 2012). His research is mostly concerned with energy policies and the steering of the ecological transition. He works in particular on the planification of public policies and public participation towards the elaboration of energy policies. This concerns him since his Ph.D dissertation on the planning tools for policies, which he engages with by focusing on each parties mobilization and the participation of diverse groups of citizens. More recently he has been interested in the issue of energy transition from the perspective of public and private recomposed economic interventions, through a comparative study on the creation of industrial subsidiaries in the field of renewable marine energy in several European countries. He teaches the course “Description des controverses” since 2004, first at the École des Mines, then at Sciences Po. He is currently in charge of the masters course Mapping Controversies of the École de la Communication at Sciences Po (with Brice Laurent) He is also involved at the École d’Affaires Publiques of Sciences Po, where he teaches a masters course on “Major energy controversies”. Additionally, he develops training programs under the form of negotiation simulations at Sciences Po, École des Mines of Paris and for continuous executive education.

Vincent Casanova Teacher & Pedagogical Engineer

Vincent Casanova teaches history, geography and art history at Léon Blum high school in Créteil, France. Concurrently, for seven years starting in 2010, he worked at the Microlycée 93 (a public institution devoted to making it possible for high school drop-outs from the Seine-Saint-Denis school district to come back to school and graduate) ; he was the co-leader of this Microlycée from 2014 to 2017. In this capacity he contributed to developing a “mapping of controversies” secondary education curriculum. Starting in 2017 he has been co-teaching a graduate course at the School of Management and Innovation (Sciences Po Paris). Since 2017 he is also a principal investigator for a project focused on developing the FORCCAST program for secondary education.

Robin De Mourat Research designer

Robin De Mourat is digital methods research designer at médialab SciencesPo, and also design teacher and Ph.D. candidate at Université Rennes 2. Passionated by scholarly practices and research & educational environements' tooling, he works inbetween design, software development and the humanities and social sciences.

Justine Gaucherand Public relations and technical documentation manager

Justine graduated with a BA in translation (EN-FR / FR-EN) from Université Bordeaux Montaigne and a Master’s degree in Anglophone cultures from University of Chester, England. She then received a Master's degree in Multimedia and Multilingual Documentation Design from Université Paris Diderot. As part of the training, Justine joined the Forccast team in September 2016, where she worked as a junior technical communicator for a year. In September 2018, she joined the Forccast team again, as the Public relations and technical documentation manager.

Henri Landes Project Manager - simulations of negociation and controversy mapping

Henri Landes joined FORCCAST as a Project manager for simulations of negociation and controversy mapping. He's also been working in the field of sustainable development and environment for eight years, and teaches environmental policy at Sciences Po. After working as an adviser to the President of the National Assembly on climate and energy policy, he ran the GoodPlanet Foundation -created and chaired by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. He is the co-founder of CliMates, a think-and-do-tank for students on climate change, and author of three publications about France, USA and international environmental policies. Henri is French-American and grew up in New York and San Fransico. He has lived in Paris for ten years. He and his wife Fanny Agostini decided to leave their city life to settle in a farm in Auvergne (central France) and put their hands in the soil. From there and all the while keeping a foot in Paris, he'll be running their new NGO LanDestini, retour à la terre - an endowment fund that encourages to make the same decision and conducts projects for preserving biodiversity.

Bruno Latour Program founder

Bruno Latour a rejoint Sciences Po en 2006 comme Professeur des Universités, avant d’en devenir directeur adjoint et directeur scientifique à la rentrée 2007. De 1982 à 2006, il a notamment été professeur au Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, professeur invité à la LSE et au département d’Histoire des sciences d’Harvard. Il a longtemps enseigné dans des écoles d’ingénieur, le CNAM d’abord, puis l’Ecole des Mines où il avait rejoint le Centre de sociologie de l’innovation en 1982. Professeur à l’Ecole des mines il a longtemps été responsable du cours “description de controverses scientifiques” (maintenant enseigné par Dominique Linhardt), et du doctorat “socio- économie de l’innovation” (aujourd’hui dirigé par Antoine Hennion).

Donato Ricci Design lead

Donato Ricci is a Communication designer and a researcher in the area of data & information visualization. Currently, he is a PostDoc researcher and design lead at SciencesPo|médialab, where he conducts researches and participates to projects regarding the use of visualization in human and social sciences. In particular, he follows all the design aspects of Bruno Latour’s latest project, called AIME, in the field of digital humanities and he develops visual models, tools and approaches for interpreting social phenomena (i.e. socio-technical controversies) through digital traces. Since 2005 he has been involved in the development of the DensityDesign Lab research and teaching programs, where he started and deepened his interest in exploring the role of visual languages to increase public engagement in complex social issues by using digital data available on the net. In 2010 he obtained a PhD degree, summa cum laude, in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication at the Politecnico di Milano discussing the dissertation: “Seeing what they are saying: Diagrams for social complexity and controversies”. He is a faculty member of the Strategic Design and Management, and Art, Media and Techology, at Parsons Paris. He is also Assistant Professor of “Representação e Conhecimento” (Knowledge and Representation) at Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal). The aim of his teaching activity is to expose and exploit the representational mechanisms of disciplines as geography and cartography and their artifacts –namely diagrams and maps– to be repurposed in the practice of design. His works have been featured in several conferences and exhibitions (MediaLAB Prado – Visualizar08; SIGGRAPH09 Conference; MIT Humanities + Digital Conference, The Art of Network), publications and showcases (Data Flow; Information Graphics; Visual Complexity; Visual storytelling). Furthermore, as a member of the DensityDesign lab, he got a bronze and a silver medal at Malofiej-Awards.

Isabel Ruck Simulated Debates Project Manager

Isabel Ruck has joined the FORCCAST team as specialized Project Manager for the development of the program’s training-related activities through simulated debates and negotiations. Isabel is a political scientist by training with a special interest in the Middle East. She has a proven teaching record in the domain of political science in France and abroad. Isabel has also been a lecturer at Sciences Po since 2011. Before joining FORCCAST, she has worked as a Project Manager at the Pharos Observatory and at a Brussels-based consulting company to the European Commission. Isabel holds a Master’s degree in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK) and has a 7-year PhD research experience in International Relations at Sciences Po Paris. Isabel is also an associate member and trainer at ESSEC’s Institute for Research and Teaching on Negotiation.

Pamela Schwartz Research Project Manager

Pamela Schwartz graduated from ENS Lyon and Sciences Po Paris and is passioned about environmental and land planning policies. She Joined the FORCCAST team as a Research project manager. Her areas of investigation focus on the controversy surrounding the Romainville forest management. She also works on creating content for the mobile application Sciences Trotters. The app project aims at making some of Sciences Po teachings accessible to a broad audience.

Thomas Tari Teacher & Pedagogical Engineer

Thomas Tari is a sociologist of science. He has a diploma from EHESS and a doctorate from the University of Paris-Est. His research focuses on the emergence of research in bioenergy as a new frame of knowledge production. He supported a thesis on the subject in December 2015. He joined the médialab in February 2015, to participate in the FORCCAST project (Training in the analysis of the sciences and techniques through controversy mapping – laureate of the call to excellence initiatives for innovative training) as a pedagogical engineer. He is an organizer and scientific animator during the summer schools (60 participants in 2015). He has taught sociology, statistics and ethnology as an instructor, ½ ATER then ATER full time (UPEM, 2009-2014), and is teaching courses in science and technology studies since 2010, particularly courses on controversy mapping (within masters of the École de la Communication and the Paris School of International Affairs).

Gaëtan Thomas Research project manager - Science and Society

Gaëtan Thomas holds a PhD in History of Science. His research focuses on history of medical technology, epidemiology and vaccination in France, colonial and postcolonial territory in the 20th century. Gaëtan was awarded the Alain Desrosières Prize for his thesis (The Vaccinal Routine - investigating a French programme of rationalisation through numbers, 1949-1999), that he defended in 2018 at the EHESS (High Social Science School). He joinded the Forccast programme after teaching social science of health at the EHESS and spending a year as a Fellow Fulbright at Columbia University. Concurrently with his research activity, his work on the critical thinkers on AIDS led him to publish and translate (EN to FR) the work of art critic and AIDS activist Douglas Crimp, and initiate a project around Craig Owens' work.