Zoek medewerkers/organisaties E Teixeira Rabello PhD
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Elaine T Rabello is an associate professor at the Institute of Social Medicine / State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). She is involved in research projects and courses related to the medicalisation of society, social representations of science and health, STS, research networks, qualitative methodologies, internet studies, digital methods, and its applicability on health and bioethics affairs. She is also a collaborating researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in projects aiming to promote the role of the social sciences on scientific cooperation in scenarios of uncertainty (like epidemics) and the dynamics of science practices around the world.
Now, at Wageningen University & Research / Public Administration and Policy group, Elaine does a postdoctoral research entitled “Tracking facts, associations and public engagement on the web: contributions of imagery to digital tools”, aiming to build and establish a digital method for mapping , analyzing and interacting with imagery content or health and food-related topics discussed on the Internet. This research is a part of the project “Traveling of Framed Facts and Uncertainties (TOFU): a dashboard of imagination for innovations in food, packaging, energy, and health technologies”, coordinated by Dr. Tamara Metze, and seeks to contribute to the discussion about new communication technologies, digital media, and social perceptions of food and health practices, technologies and risks.

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Travelling of Framed Facts and Uncertainties - TOFU


Injections with nano-compounds that ‘manipulate’ our pears, flames from the drinking water tap due to hydraulic fracturing, a whole new weapon-arsenal based on synthetic biology, are but three examples of influential images of contested technologies. Engaged citizens, experts, politicians, industry and others defend, develop or despise technologies in passionate ways. They frame facts and uncertainties in accordance with their values and beliefs. Especially in the age of social media and other internet technologies these images travel across the world, and some become pervasive images. These can hinder or contribute to the responsible development, societal acceptability, and democratic governance of innovative technologies.

This research is financed by NWO MVI and is a consortium of drupal expert Triquanta, process-expert WING, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). The research team consists of AIO Efrat GOmmeh, Dr Elaine Teixeira Rabello (postdoc researcher), Prof. dr. Huub Dijstelbloem(UvA); Prof. dr. ing. Karin Schroen (WUR), dr. Tamara Metze (WUR, projectleader), dr. Sylvia Karlsson-VInkhuyzen, and action-researchers from the RIVM and PBL.

The project aims to better understand and democratize the mechanisms underlying so termed TOFUs (travelling of framed facts and uncertainties). In order to improve responsible research and innovation, we develop two digital tools to study, reflect on, and experiment with TOFUs, and their governance. We will co-create these reflective tools with stakeholders of possibly controversial technological innovations in the transition to sustainable energy and to sustainable food.

The tools are:

(1) the ‘TOFU-crawler’ to map networks of TOFUs, and to analyze how they travel, which become dominant, and what governance strategies of national, international and transnational actors are to cope with these TOFUs.

(2) The digital ‘dashboard of imagination’ that is a reflective instrument to help industry, governmental actors, activists and NGO’s, but also scholars in responsible research and innovation to improve their interactions by addressing the TOFUs more explicitly and reflectively to enhance democratic technological innovations.



PhD – Collective Health (Public Health) 2010-2014 – Social Medicine Institute, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thesis Title: Actions in Mental Health in Primary Care Attention: knowledge manoeuvres and meanings negotiation. Department of Health Planning and Management.

Master – Collective Health (Public Health) 2008-2010 – Social Medicine Institute, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thesis Title: Social representations linked to TV drug advertisement: intersections between science, health and consumption practices. Department of Health Planning and Management.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology 2003-2007 – Institute of Psychology, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thesis Title: Science and subjectivity: the role of scientists and experts in contemporary.

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