Anthropologist Silbey receives award for research on forging safety in science labs


Susan S. Silbey, head of MIT SHASS Anthropology, and Ruthanne Huising PhD '08 have been awarded the 2011 best publication prize from Regulation & Governance for their article, "Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science Through Relational Regulation."

"This paper shows what organizational 'best practices' actually look like in regulated organizations that conscientiously strive to implement environmental, health, and safety regulations in a sensible manner," said the journal's award announcement. "[Silbey and Huising's] careful, detailed analysis of the halting, uncertain problem-solving work of regulatory coordinators shows us just how hard it is to do regulation right."

Read full article: MIT News, April 25, 2012