About me

profile vardyI began a postdoc with the Climate Futures Initiative and Michael Oppenheimer at Princeton University on February 1, 2016. I’m working on a multi-year ethnography of the production of scientific assessments (i.e., reports written by scientists for policymakers about climate change). The Principle Investigator is Jessica O’Reilly. I’m also helping put together the 2016-2017 CFI seminar.

I defended my dissertation in Sociology at Queen’s University, Canada, on November 4, 2015, six years after starting it. My dissertation is called The Social Reorganization of Polar Science: Responding to Cryospheric Change in the International Polar Year 2007-2008 and Beyond. Martin Hand was my supervisor and Sergio Sismondo and Mick Smith were committee members. Brian Wynne was the external examiner. I used in-depth qualitative interviews, participant-observation, and document analysis to research how scientists and policymakers are responding to Arctic change. I framed the dissertation as an inquiry into the call to go “From Knowledge to Action,” which is the theme that concluded, in 2012, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

The research project I’m currently working on is described on this page, Ethnography and the annual sea ice minimum.