Naomi is a PhD candidate in the DFG research training group “Fixing Futures”. She studied Sociology at the Goethe University Frankfurt. After the completion of her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt, in the research unit on biodiversity and people, from 2022 to 2023. Naomi’s research interests include environmental sociology, social and political ecology, (eco)feminist, postcolonial and decolonial theory and (feminist) science and technology studies.
In my dissertation project I will investigate anticipatory knowledge practices in the context of Anthropocene futures. With the many interconnected ecological crises, like climate change and biodiversity loss, future-oriented (scientific) knowledge production at the science-policy interface has gained heightened relevance. In my project, I will focus on two global organizations working at the science-policy interface – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Intergovernmental Science- Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). More specifically, I will explore their practices of scenario-building, understanding scenarios as one particular technology of anticipation. I will adopt multi-sited ethnography as a research design to answer my overarching research question, which is: How are Anthropocene futures enacted and fixed in the anticipatory practices of scenario-building in the IPCC and IPBES?