John Libbey Eurotext

Environnement, Risques & Santé


Science and expertise in the time of syndemics Volume 21, issue 4, July-August 2022


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UMR MIVEGEC, ESC INRAE, IRD, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, Bâtiment de L’Hortus, niveau 1, bureau 2.2, 361, rue Jean-François Breton, BP 5095, 34196 Montpellier cedex 05, France, <>
Tirés à part : J.-F. Guégan

Health crises have always revealed the dysfunctions of organizations and highlighted truths. In this article, I address the subject of science and scientific and biomedical expertise during the viral storm of the past two years. Beyond that, I consider the construction of scientific and biomedical thought in times of syndemics, when crises and disasters of various kinds collide and can be disentangled only with great difficulty. In such periods, there is significant confusion between science, expertise, and public decisions, which can facilitate the occurrence of immoral behavior in research and biomedicine, but also reflects the institutional fragility of public institutions of knowledge.