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


Published: 25Apr2012

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