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Climate knowledge and decision making in the electricity sector: research on the interactions between the center for weather prediction and climate studies of the National Institute for Space Research and the national operator of the electric system

Grant number: 16/24660-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2017
Effective date (End): January 31, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Theory of Anthropology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Renzo Romano Taddei
Grantee:Jean Carlos Hochsprung Miguel
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):18/02431-2 - The coproduction of knowledge between climate services and energy sector: new methods and theories about science and decision-making interface, BE.EP.PD


The aim of this research is to analyze from the perspective of Science and Technology Studies (STS) how climate knowledge is produced and appropriate in the decision making process of the Brazilian energy sector. Investigates how the meaning, relevance and legitimacy of meteorological information are generated during the process of production and distribution of climate knowledge and climate prediction. The ethnographic method is applied to map and analyze the production of climate information in the Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Studies (CPTEC) until the use of this information by the decision makers of the National Electrical System Operator (ONS). We intended investigates the interaction between these institutions to know when, where and how scientists and decision makers meet, collaborate and communicate, and which factors increase (or decrease) the productivity of this interaction. Theoretically and empirically, the study aims contribute to the development of the sociology of science investigating the mode of production, communication and use of climatic science in social processes of development of large technical systems like the electric system. (AU)