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Dr Elena Simakova

Dr Elena Simakova

Senior Lecturer in Innovation

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Elena Simakova joined the Business School in September 2010. Her current research mainly concerns post-positivist perspectives on governance of science and technology, especially in the post-colonial and post-Cold War context of the contemporary technoscience. She has researched university, industry, and policy settings in the UK, USA, and France and is author of Marketing Technologies: Corporate Cultures and Technological Change book (Routledge).

Between 2012 and July 2015 she served as Scientific Director of the Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies (PAST) Centre at the National Research Tomsk State University, Russian Federation, supported by the George Soros | Open Society Foundations (OSF) under Higher Education Support Programme (HESP).

Between 2007 and 2010 she completed three year postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University on the brokering of collaborations and university-industry knowledge and technology transfer around emerging technologies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and jointly supported by the Department of Science & Technology Studies (S&TS) and Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Cornell as a part of the Social and Economic Issues in Nano (SEIN) initiative. She gained her DPhil in Management Studies degree from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (2007) under the supervision of Professor Steve Woolgar in the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS, formerly James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization).

In various years, Dr Simakova has been a member of The European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST), Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), The New York Academy of Sciences, The Academy of Management, The Oxford Society in Paris, and she is alumnus of St Cross College of the University of Oxford.
Between April and October 2011 she served as project manager of the exploratory internationalisation project between the University of Exeter and the European University at St Petersburg (EUSP) to develop the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Russia supported by the British Council.

Dr Simakova holds BSc and MSc in biophysics and radiation ecology (1996) from the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI). Her interest in the social dimensions of science and technology was prompted by her professional experience in international public communications for an intergovernmental non-proliferation programme (ISTC) based in Moscow, Russia. She received the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Chevening scholarship to pursue an MSc in Science, Culture and Communication at the University of Bath (UK) in 2001/2002, a three-year Science and Technology Studies studentship from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (2002-2005), and a bursary from the Region Ile-des-France in 2006. As a visiting scholar, she conducted research at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2008; the Centre for Sociology of Innovation (CSI), Ecole des Mines and Télécom ParisTech, Paris in 2006-2007; and at the Virtual Knowledge Studio (VKS, formerly Nerdi) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Amsterdam in 2002.

Nationality: Russian

Qualifications

BSc, MSc (MEPhI, Moscow), MSc (Bath), DPhil (Oxford)

Research

Research interests

In my research I explore various perspectives on governance of science and technology at the intersection between Science and Technology Studies and Technology Assessment, in particular with relation to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) initiatives in ICT life cycles. I am also interested in challenges presented by emerging technologies, such as post- and transhumanism, for science and technology policy.

Research projects and supervision

I especially welcome students’ interest in Science and Technology Studies (STS), and can offer supervision of student work on the social (cultural, organisational) dimensions of science and technology. Such research could involve issues around the use of technology in organisations, corporate practices of technology development and marketing, contentious technological developments in the context of globalisation, etc. Some of my own research projects include:

Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing in International Research Networks around ICTs: an evaluation of perspectives for responsible research and innovation, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Department of Materials of the University of Oxford, and seedcorn grant by the Exeter University Business School, 2012-2017.

Russian projects:
Scientific Director, Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technology (PAST), Tomsk State University (Russia), under George Soros | Open Society Foundations (OSF) Higher Education Support Program (HESP) 2012-2017.

PAST research projects:
1) Evaluation Policy for New Technologies: Expert and Applicant Strategies (with Evgeniya Popova)

2) International Non-Governmental Platforms and Technological Change: Identifying Perspectives for Russian Participants (with Evgeniya Popova), for the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
Project descriptions can be found here:
http://en.past-centre.ru/research-2/policy_tech_studies/

3) Visiting scholar, Tomsk State University, Centre for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technology (PAST), under the Federal Target Programme CADRY of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, May and September 2013, to teach a class on The Politics of Technoscience: STS perspectives on science and technology governance (May 2013)

I am also co-organising an international conference (also a keynote speaker) in September and will be teaching in a summer school, both in Tomsk.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Simakova E (In Press). Collaboration Talk: the folk theories of nano research. Science as Culture Abstract.
Simakova E, Coenen C (In Press). Exploring the role of interpretation in the political making of technosciences. To be selected. Abstract.
Simakova E (In Press). Making Nano Matter: an inquiry into the discourses of governable science. Science, Technology and Human Values Abstract.  Full text.
Simakova E, Neyland D (In Press). Managing Electronic Waste: a Study of Market Failure. New Technology, Work and Employment (NTWE), 1(27), 36-51. Abstract.
Simakova E (In Press). The Enclosed Language of Collaboration: practices of “sponsored research” around nano in the United States. The Sociologicar Review Abstract.
Simakova E (2010). RFID 'Theatre of the proof': Product launch and technology demonstration as corporate practices. Social Studies of Science, 40(4), 549-576. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Simakova E (In Press). Collaboration Talk: the folk theories of nano research. Science as Culture Abstract.
Simakova E, Coenen C (In Press). Exploring the role of interpretation in the political making of technosciences. To be selected. Abstract.
Simakova E (In Press). Making Nano Matter: an inquiry into the discourses of governable science. Science, Technology and Human Values Abstract.  Full text.
Simakova E, Neyland D (In Press). Managing Electronic Waste: a Study of Market Failure. New Technology, Work and Employment (NTWE), 1(27), 36-51. Abstract.
Simakova E (In Press). The Enclosed Language of Collaboration: practices of “sponsored research” around nano in the United States. The Sociologicar Review Abstract.
Li F, Owen RJ, Simakova E (2015). Framing responsible innovation in synthetic biology: the need for a critical discourse analysis approach. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(1), 104-108. Abstract.
Simakova E (2010). RFID 'Theatre of the proof': Product launch and technology demonstration as corporate practices. Social Studies of Science, 40(4), 549-576. Abstract.
Neyland D, Simakova E (2009). How Far can We Push Sceptical Reflexivity? an Analysis of Marketing Ethics and the Certification of Poverty. Journal of Marketing Management, 25(7-8), 777-794.
Simakova E, Neyland D (2008). Marketing mobile futures: assembling constituencies and creating compelling stories for an emerging technology. Marketing Theory, 8(1), 91-116. Abstract.
Beaulieu A, Simakova E (2006). Textured Connectivity: an ethnographic approach to understanding the timescape of hyperlinks. Cybermetrics, 10(1). Abstract.
Simakova E, Beaulieu A (2006). Textured Connectivity: an ethnographic approach to understanding the timescape of hyperlinks. Cybermetrics, 1(10).

Chapters

Simakova E, Coenen C, Doubleday R (In Press). Chapter X “Case study: nanotechnologies. In Owen R, Bessant J, Heinz M (Eds.) Responsible Innovation: from concepts to practice, Wiley Publishers.
Neyland D, Simakova E (2015). The mosquito multiple: Malaria and market-based initiatives. In Dussauge I, Helgesson CF, Lee F (Eds.) Value Practices in Life Sciences & Medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 136-152.  Abstract.
Simakova E, Coenen C (2013). Visions, Hype, and Expectations: a Place for Responsibility. In  (Ed) Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society, 241-267.  Abstract.
Simakova E, Neyland D (2010). Trading Bads and Goods: Market Practices in Fair Trade Retailing. In Araujo L, Finch J, Kjellberg H (Eds.) , Oxford University Press.
Neyland D, Simakova E (2010). Trading bads and goods. In  (Ed) Reconnecting Marketing to Markets.  Abstract.

Conferences

Simakova E (In Press). Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a "nano" case. public lecture at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society.
Simakova E, al E (2009). Discussant, sub-theme 16: 'Societal accountability: Understanding and negotiating the identity of individuals, societies and institutions'. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium.
Simakova E (2009). Making Nano Matter. First Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies and the University of Washington. 8th - 11th Sep 2009.
Simakova E (2009). Making Nano Matter: organising accountability relations for emerging technologies. invited speaker at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme 16: ‘Societal accountability: Understanding and negotiating the identity of individuals, societies and institutions’.
Simakova E (2009). Making Nano Matter: the strategic ironies of nano. talk at Cornell Science Studies Research Group (SSRG).
Simakova E (2009). Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a "nano" case. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting. 28th - 30th Oct 2009.
Simakova E (2008). Co-organizer, sub-panel chair ‘Unsettling Technology and Accountability’ (16 papers). at European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium.
Simakova E (2008). Co-organizer: Engaging with converging technologies. panel (17 papers) at the 4S/EASST meeting.
Simakova E, Licoppe C (2008). On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialisation. invited speaker, Workshop "Usages" GET/ENST.
Simakova E (2008). On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialisation. invited talk at Cornell S&TS Science Studies Research Group (SSRG).
Simakova E (2008). On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialization. 1-er atelier du Programme Initiative. 8th - 9th Jan 2008.
Simakova E (2008). Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a "nano" case. invited talk at Cornell S&TS Science Studies Research Group (SSRG).
Simakova E (2008). Technology, accountability and specificity: a "nano" case. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme 39 "Unsettling Technology and Accountability".
Coenen C, Simakova E, Woolgar S (2008). The Ontological Politics of Convergence. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) joint meeting with European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST). 20th - 23rd Aug 2008.
Simakova E (2007). Co-organizer: ‘Does STS Mean Business? the dynamics of engagement as a source of theoretical innovation’ (6 papers). Professional Development Workshop at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. 3rd - 5th Aug 2007.
Licoppe C, Simakova E (2007). Innovation as encountering: interrogating product launch in telecom industries. CSI Colloquium Expérimenter, éprouver, assembler, Ecole des Mines. 27th - 28th Sep 2007.
Simakova E, Licoppe C (2007). Lost in Translation? on utility of social scientific knowledge in a business setting. the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
Simakova E (2007). RFID 'Theatre of the Proof': a reflexive ethnography of technology marketers as boundary workers. invited speaker at "Boundary Object, Boundary Work" series of workshops.
Simakova E (2006). 'Softly, softly' Tagging the World: RFID as a tellable story. invited talk, "WiP" Seminar, Saïd Business School.
Simakova E (2006). Marketing technologies: an exploration of accountability in and of vertical marketing. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme ‘Markets for Technologies, Technologies for Markets’. 5th - 8th Jul 2006.
Simakova E (2005). 'Softly, softly' Tagging the World: RFID as a tellable story. invited talk, Workshop 'Usages' GET/ENST.
Simakova E (2005). 'Softly-softly' tagging the world: the accomplishment of RFID as a tellable story. Middle-range Theories and STS workshop. 28th - 29th Apr 2005.
Simakova E, Neyland D (2005). Marketing Mobile Futures: the Assembly of RFID Constituencies. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting.
Simakova E (2004). 'Does STS Mean Business?' and 'Does STS Mean Business Too?'. one-day workshops. 1st Jun 2004 - 1st Jun 2005.
Woolgar S, Simakova E (2004). Marketing Marketing: an exploratory paper. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) joint meeting with European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST).
Simakova E (2004). Marketing Texts as Discursive Objects: textuality at work. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)/European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST) Joint Meeting.
Woolgar S, Simakova E (2003). Marketing Marketing: an exploratory paper. Workshop on Market(-ing) Practices in Shaping Markets.
Beaulieu A, Simakova E (2002). The Public Face of Databases: data resources on the web and the creation of trust in science. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting.
Simakova E (2002). The Public Face of Databases: the creation of knowledge in the World Wide Web. public lecture, Nerdi research group, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Reports

Woolgar S, Coenen C, Simakova E (2008). The Ontological Politics of Convergence, Appendix C of the Final Report "A possible agenda for the social sciences and humanities in the light of the convergence development", May 2008. European Commission’s FP6 CONTECS project.

Publications by year


In Press

Simakova E, Coenen C, Doubleday R (In Press). Chapter X “Case study: nanotechnologies. In Owen R, Bessant J, Heinz M (Eds.) Responsible Innovation: from concepts to practice, Wiley Publishers.
Simakova E (In Press). Collaboration Talk: the folk theories of nano research. Science as Culture Abstract.
Simakova E, Coenen C (In Press). Exploring the role of interpretation in the political making of technosciences. To be selected. Abstract.
Simakova E (In Press). Making Nano Matter: an inquiry into the discourses of governable science. Science, Technology and Human Values Abstract.  Full text.
Simakova E, Neyland D (In Press). Managing Electronic Waste: a Study of Market Failure. New Technology, Work and Employment (NTWE), 1(27), 36-51. Abstract.
Simakova E (In Press). Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a "nano" case. public lecture at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society.
Simakova E (In Press). The Enclosed Language of Collaboration: practices of “sponsored research” around nano in the United States. The Sociologicar Review Abstract.

2015

Li F, Owen RJ, Simakova E (2015). Framing responsible innovation in synthetic biology: the need for a critical discourse analysis approach. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(1), 104-108. Abstract.
Neyland D, Simakova E (2015). The mosquito multiple: Malaria and market-based initiatives. In Dussauge I, Helgesson CF, Lee F (Eds.) Value Practices in Life Sciences & Medicine, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 136-152.  Abstract.

2013

Simakova E, Coenen C (2013). Visions, Hype, and Expectations: a Place for Responsibility. In  (Ed) Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society, 241-267.  Abstract.

2010

Simakova E (2010). RFID 'Theatre of the proof': Product launch and technology demonstration as corporate practices. Social Studies of Science, 40(4), 549-576. Abstract.
Simakova E, Neyland D (2010). Trading Bads and Goods: Market Practices in Fair Trade Retailing. In Araujo L, Finch J, Kjellberg H (Eds.) , Oxford University Press.
Neyland D, Simakova E (2010). Trading bads and goods. In  (Ed) Reconnecting Marketing to Markets.  Abstract.

2009

Simakova E, al E (2009). Discussant, sub-theme 16: 'Societal accountability: Understanding and negotiating the identity of individuals, societies and institutions'. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium.
Neyland D, Simakova E (2009). How Far can We Push Sceptical Reflexivity? an Analysis of Marketing Ethics and the Certification of Poverty. Journal of Marketing Management, 25(7-8), 777-794.
Simakova E (2009). Making Nano Matter. First Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies and the University of Washington. 8th - 11th Sep 2009.
Simakova E (2009). Making Nano Matter: organising accountability relations for emerging technologies. invited speaker at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme 16: ‘Societal accountability: Understanding and negotiating the identity of individuals, societies and institutions’.
Simakova E (2009). Making Nano Matter: the strategic ironies of nano. talk at Cornell Science Studies Research Group (SSRG).
Simakova E (2009). Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a "nano" case. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting. 28th - 30th Oct 2009.
Simakova E (2009). University-Industry Interaction and Collaboration in Nanotechnology: an Ethnographic Investigation.
Simakova E (2009). University-Industry Interaction and Collaboration in Nanotechnology: an Ethnographic Investigation.

2008

Simakova E (2008). Co-organizer, sub-panel chair ‘Unsettling Technology and Accountability’ (16 papers). at European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium.
Simakova E (2008). Co-organizer: Engaging with converging technologies. panel (17 papers) at the 4S/EASST meeting.
Simakova E, Neyland D (2008). Marketing mobile futures: assembling constituencies and creating compelling stories for an emerging technology. Marketing Theory, 8(1), 91-116. Abstract.
Simakova E, Licoppe C (2008). On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialisation. invited speaker, Workshop "Usages" GET/ENST.
Simakova E (2008). On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialisation. invited talk at Cornell S&TS Science Studies Research Group (SSRG).
Simakova E (2008). On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialization. 1-er atelier du Programme Initiative. 8th - 9th Jan 2008.
Simakova E (2008). Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a "nano" case. invited talk at Cornell S&TS Science Studies Research Group (SSRG).
Simakova E (2008). Technology, accountability and specificity: a "nano" case. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme 39 "Unsettling Technology and Accountability".
Coenen C, Simakova E, Woolgar S (2008). The Ontological Politics of Convergence. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) joint meeting with European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST). 20th - 23rd Aug 2008.
Woolgar S, Coenen C, Simakova E (2008). The Ontological Politics of Convergence, Appendix C of the Final Report "A possible agenda for the social sciences and humanities in the light of the convergence development", May 2008. European Commission’s FP6 CONTECS project.

2007

Simakova E (2007). Co-organizer: ‘Does STS Mean Business? the dynamics of engagement as a source of theoretical innovation’ (6 papers). Professional Development Workshop at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. 3rd - 5th Aug 2007.
Licoppe C, Simakova E (2007). Innovation as encountering: interrogating product launch in telecom industries. CSI Colloquium Expérimenter, éprouver, assembler, Ecole des Mines. 27th - 28th Sep 2007.
Simakova E, Licoppe C (2007). Lost in Translation? on utility of social scientific knowledge in a business setting. the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
Simakova E (2007). RFID 'Theatre of the Proof': a reflexive ethnography of technology marketers as boundary workers. invited speaker at "Boundary Object, Boundary Work" series of workshops.

2006

Simakova E (2006). 'Softly, softly' Tagging the World: RFID as a tellable story. invited talk, "WiP" Seminar, Saïd Business School.
Simakova E (2006). Marketing technologies: an exploration of accountability in and of vertical marketing. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme ‘Markets for Technologies, Technologies for Markets’. 5th - 8th Jul 2006.
Beaulieu A, Simakova E (2006). Textured Connectivity: an ethnographic approach to understanding the timescape of hyperlinks. Cybermetrics, 10(1). Abstract.
Simakova E, Beaulieu A (2006). Textured Connectivity: an ethnographic approach to understanding the timescape of hyperlinks. Cybermetrics, 1(10).

2005

Simakova E (2005). 'Softly, softly' Tagging the World: RFID as a tellable story. invited talk, Workshop 'Usages' GET/ENST.
Simakova E (2005). 'Softly-softly' tagging the world: the accomplishment of RFID as a tellable story. Middle-range Theories and STS workshop. 28th - 29th Apr 2005.
Woolgar S, Coopmans C, Neyland D, Simakova E (2005). Does STS Mean Business Too.
Simakova E, Neyland D (2005). Marketing Mobile Futures: the Assembly of RFID Constituencies. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting.

2004

Simakova E (2004). 'Does STS Mean Business?' and 'Does STS Mean Business Too?'. one-day workshops. 1st Jun 2004 - 1st Jun 2005.
Woolgar S, Simakova E (2004). Marketing Marketing: an exploratory paper. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) joint meeting with European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST).
Simakova E (2004). Marketing Texts as Discursive Objects: textuality at work. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)/European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST) Joint Meeting.

2003

Woolgar S, Simakova E (2003). Marketing Marketing: an exploratory paper. Workshop on Market(-ing) Practices in Shaping Markets.

2002

Beaulieu A, Simakova E (2002). The Public Face of Databases: data resources on the web and the creation of trust in science. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting.
Simakova E (2002). The Public Face of Databases: the creation of knowledge in the World Wide Web. public lecture, Nerdi research group, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Conferences and invited presentations

Invited Presentations

  • Simakova, E. (03 December 2011) Inside Corporations: an ethnographic approach, Advanced Marketing Seminar Series, University of Exeter Business School.
  • Simakova, E. (28 November 2011) Discourses and Practices of Governable Science: an ethnographic investigation; the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis) Seminar, the University of Exeter.
  • Simakova, E. (20 November 2011) Key speaker at the roundtable “What Does STS Mean for Business and Technological Development?” in the Skolkovo Foundation/European University at St Petersburg (EUSP) Science and Technology Studies (STS) workshop supported by the Skolkovo Foundation.
  • Simakova, E. (17 October 2011) An inquiry into the discourses of governable science, at the “Bridging the gap between scientific research, policy, and the quest for the right impact” Bridging the Gaps workshop, Exeter.
  • Simakova, E. (23 September 2011) “Nanotechnology ‘in between’ science and society’, at the Human Nanotoxicology Meeting Supported by European Science Foundation (ESF), SIEH, London, 22-23 September 2011.
  • Simakova, E. (April 2011) “Collaboration Talk” at the European University at St Petersburg (EUSP), Russia.
  • Simakova, E (September 2009) ‘Making Nano Matter: the strategic ironies of nano”, talk at Cornell Science Studies Research Group (SSRG), 28 September 2009.
  • Simakova, E (July 2009) ‘Making Nano Matter: organising accountability relations for emerging technologies’, invited speaker at the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme 16: ‘Societal accountability: Understanding and negotiating the identity of individuals, societies and institutions’, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Simakova, E (2008) ‘Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a “nano” case’, public lecture at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, University of California at Santa Barbara, 12 November 2008.
  • Simakova, E (2008) ‘Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a “nano” case’, invited talk at Cornell S&TS Science Studies Research Group (SSRG), 27 October 2008.
  • Simakova, E and Licoppe, C (2008) ‘On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialisation’, invited speaker, Workshop “Usages” GET/ENST Paris, France, 09 January 2008.
  • Simakova, E (2008) ‘On Display: market experimentation in technology commercialisation’, invited talk at Cornell S&TS Science Studies Research Group (SSRG), February 2008.
  • Simakova, E (2007) ‘RFID ‘Theatre of the Proof’: a reflexive ethnography of technology marketers as boundary workers’, invited speaker at “Boundary Object, Boundary Work” series of workshops at the University of Grenoble, May 2007.
  • Simakova, E (2006) ‘’Softly, softly’ Tagging the World: RFID as a tellable story’, invited talk, Workshop “Usages” GET/ENST Paris, France 30 June 2006.
  • Simakova, E (2006) ‘’Softly, softly’ Tagging the World: RFID as a tellable story’, invited talk, “WiP” Seminar, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, June 2006.
  • Simakova, E (2002) ‘The Public Face of Databases: the creation of knowledge in the World Wide Web’, public lecture, Nerdi research group, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Amsterdam, April 2002.

Presentations at Professional Meetings (Selected)

  • Simakova, E. and E. Popova (2013) “The Global Governance of Science and Technology: Responsible International Relations (RIR) for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?”, paper presented at the Society for the Studies of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, 27-29 October 2013.
  • Simakova, E (05-10  November 2011) “The Enclosed Language of Collaboration: practices of “sponsored research” around nano in the United States”, at the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) 2011 meeting , Tempe, USA, 7-10 November 2011.
  • Simakova, E and Coenen, C (June 2011) “Exploring the role of interpretation in the political making of technosciences”, Panel 3: Probing IPA's Contribution to Analysing Regulatory Regimes, 6th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis: Discursive Spaces. Politics, Practices and Power, June 23-25, 2011, Cardiff University, Wales, UK.
  • Simakova, E (2009) ‘Technology, Accountability and Specificity: a “nano” case’, at the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, 28-30 October 2009.
  • Simakova, E (2009) ‘Making Nano Matter”, at the First Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies and the University of Washington, Seattle, 08-11 September 2009.
  • Coenen, C, Simakova, E and Woolgar, S (2008) ‘The Ontological Politics of Convergence’, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) joint meeting with European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 20-23 August 2008.
  • Simakova, E (2008) ‘Technology, accountability and specificity: a “nano” case’, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme 39 ‘Unsettling Technology and Accountability’, July 2008, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Licoppe, C and Simakova, E (2007) ‘Innovation as encountering: interrogating product launch in telecom industries’, CSI Colloquium Expérimenter, éprouver, assembler, Ecole des Mines, Paris, 27 and 28 September 2007.
  • Simakova, E and Licoppe, C (2007) ‘Lost in Translation? On utility of social scientific knowledge in a business setting’, The Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA, 04 August 2007.
  • Simakova, E (2006) ‘Marketing technologies: an exploration of accountability in and of vertical marketing’, European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Sub-theme ‘Markets for Technologies, Technologies for Markets’, Bergen, Norway, 05-08 July 2006.
  • Simakova, E and Neyland, D (2005) ‘Marketing Mobile Futures: The Assembly of RFID Constituencies’, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Pasadena, USA, October 2005.
  • Simakova, E (2005) ‘‘Softly-softly’ tagging the world: the accomplishment of RFID as a tellable story’, Middle-range Theories and STS workshop Amsterdam, 28-29 April 2005.
  • Simakova, E (2004) ‘Marketing Texts as Discursive Objects: textuality at work’, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)/European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST) Joint Meeting, Ecole des Mines, Paris, August 2004.
  • Woolgar, S and Simakova, E (2003) ‘Marketing Marketing: an exploratory paper’, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) joint meeting with European Association for Studies of Science and Technology (EASST), Ecole des Mines, Paris, August 2004.
  • Woolgar, S and Simakova. E (2003) ‘Marketing Marketing: an exploratory paper’, Workshop on Market(-ing) Practices in Shaping Markets, Stockholm School of Economics, June 2003.
  • Beaulieu, A and Simakova, E (2002) ‘The Public Face of Databases: data resources on the web and the creation of trust in science’, Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, USA, 2002.

Poster Presentations

  • Simakova, E (December 2009) ‘University-Industry Interaction and Collaboration in Nanotechnology: An Ethnographic Investigation’, poster presented at the National Science Foundation Nano Grantees Conference, Arlington, VA, 06-09 December 2009.
  • Simakova, E (2009) ‘University-Industry Interaction and Collaboration in Nanotechnology:
    An Ethnographic Investigation’, poster presented at the National Science Foundation site visit to the Center for Nanoscale Systems, Cornell University, 25 June 2009.

Workshops and conference sessions organised/contributed to

  • Invited discussant (November 2011) Panel “The Governance of Ethically Controversial Emerging Technologies” at the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) 2011 meeting (Tempe, USA, 7-10 November 2011). The panel is a part of the European Commission FP7 project Ethics in Public Policy Making: the Case of Human Enhancement (EPOCH).
  • Organiser (with Regenia Gagnier; sponsored by the EPSRC “Bridging the Gaps” programme) of interdisciplinary “Research(ing) Impact and Relevance” policy relevant workshop at Exeter open to the BTG community (17 October 2011).
  • Discussant, sub-theme 16: ‘Societal accountability: Understanding and negotiating the identity of individuals, societies and institutions’, of the European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, July 2009, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Co-organiser, with Steve Woolgar (Oxford), Ana Viseu (York U) and Robert Doubleday (Cambridge) (2008) ‘Engaging with converging technologies’ panel (17 papers) at the 4S/EASST meeting, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, August 2008.
  • Co-organizer, sub-panel chair, with Steve Woolgar (Oxford) and Catelijne Coopmans (Singapore) (2008) sub-theme ‘Unsettling Technology and Accountability’ (16 papers) at European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 2008.
  • Co-organiser, with Coopmans, Catelijne (Imperial) (2007)‘Does STS Mean Business? The dynamics of engagement as a source of theoretical innovation’ (6 papers) Professional Development Workshop at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, USA, August 3-5, 2007. See invited “Socializing Finance” blog entry:
    Socializing finance: The mutant science scholars speak.
  • Co-organiser, with Woolgar, Steve (Oxford), Catelijne Coopmans (Oxford), Daniel Neyland (Oxford) (2005) ‘Does STS Mean Business?’ and ‘Does STS Mean Business Too?’ one-day workshops, Saïd Business School, Oxford, June 2004 and June 2005.

External positions

Ad hoc reviewer (since 2003)

  • The National Science Foundation (USA); Social Studies of Science; Science and Public Policy; Consumption, Markets and Culture; New Technology, Work and Employment; Theory, Culture and Society; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; Science as Culture; Qualitative Research in Psychology; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Marketing Management; Wiley Publishers; The University of Delaware Press; Oxford University Press; International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making (IJITDM).

Research advisory roles

  • September 2011 - March 2013: External research consultant, "Self-fashioning practices of successful technological entrepreneurs and their influence on the efficiency of high tech companies: the cases of Russia, Finland, South Korea and Taiwan." The project consisting of an international team of researchers (Finland, Russia, and Taiwan) is run with the support of the Russian state corporation of nanotechnologies RUSNANO.

    Project Lead: Boris Gladarev, Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR) and European University at St Petersburg (EUSP), Russia.

    Project materials (in Russian only)
    http://www.eu.spb.ru/research-centers/sts/projects/4417-technological-entrepreneurship

    Review of the project Final report (English)
    http://www.eu.spb.ru/images/sts/Rusnano_Project_Review_220313.pdf
     
  • October 2013 - October 2015: Member of the Advisory Group for the Horizon 2020 part on Leadership in Industrial and Enabling Technologies – Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology and Advanced Manufacturing/Processing ("H2020 LEIT NMBP"), Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

 

Dr Simakova is especially keen on teaching students interested in Science and Technology Studies (STS). Her teaching draws on her extensive research experience, and adopts ethnography, discourse analysis, and feminist sociology as methodological focus. She is currently co-teaching on a number of modules involving topics in technology and management, marketing and innovation, and has developed a number of SER (Sustainability, Ethics, and Responsibility) modules.

Teaching and research supervision

Postgraduate:

  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • PhD supervision: Renewable Marine Energy and Policy: a case of Wave Hub (Marfuga Iskandarova).
  • MSc dissertation student supervision
  • Internet Marketing in the Information Society (IMIS), MSc elective

Undergraduate:

  • BEM1018 Business & Society, module leader
  • Mineral Wealth 21st Century Dilemma of The Grand Challenges programme, University of Exeter‘s cross campus initiative, 2013 http://www.exeter.ac.uk/grandchallenges/thedilemmas/mineralwealthexeter/
  • Director of Business Studies UG Programme, 2011
  • International Management and Globalisation, Fall 2011
  • Internet and Society for the Marketing Ethics, Fall 2010
  • Technology, Innovation and Enterprise for the Theory of Management, Fall 2010

Modules

2016/17