Javier Lezaun

James Martin Lecturer in Science and Technology Governance & Fellow of Kellogg College

Javier's work focuses on food governance systems, particularly those that incorporate novel technologies of genetic and nutritional modification.

Javier has researched the regulation of agricultural and food biotechnologies in Europe and North America, as well as new forms of marketing and consumer activism in relation to novel foods.

His most recent publications address the governance of genetically modified and functional foods in Europe, the politics of agricultural coexistence between transgenic and conventional crops, and the emergence of ‘restless’ forms of consumer behaviour in the food system. With colleagues in the School of Anthropology and the Said Business School, Javier is involved in the development of the Oxford Food Governance Group.

Javier is Deputy Director of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, where he directs the project BioProperty, on the future of property rights in biomedical research. The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society is a member of the Oxford Martin School.


Recent Relevant Publications: 

Lezaun, J. and Schneider, T. (2012) Endless qualifications, restless consumption: the governance of novel foods in Europe. Science as Culture (forthcoming)


Lezaun, J. (2011) Bees, beekeepers and bureaucrats: parasitism and the politics of transgenic life. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29(4): 738–756


Lezaun, J. and Soneryd, L. (2007) Consulting citizens: technologies of elicitation and he mobility of publics. Public Understanding of Science 16(3): 279-297


Lezaun, J. (2006) Creating a new object of government: making genetically modified organisms traceable. Social Studies of Science 36(4): 499-531


Lezaun, J. and Groenleer, M. (2006) Food control emergencies and the territorialization of the European Union.  Journal of European Integration 28(5): 437-455


Lezaun, J. and Millo, Y. (2006) Regulatory experiments: GM crops and financial derivatives on trial. Science and Public Policy 33(3): 179-190