Document Type

Book Chapter


In 1996 the World Health Organization embarked on an initiative (the WHO EMF Project) that aimed to provide a science and policy consensus on the EMF debate. The following discussion will analyse two aspects of the project: (a) The processes through which the project attempted to extend the scope of its expertise via the production of knowledge packages which provide ideal problem solutions to scientific and regulatory challenges. (b) The way documents produced by the project engaged in a process of ordering the boundaries between science / health / politics and policy so as to naturalize the breadth of the areas over which it could authoritatively pronounce. Discussion will contribute to the understanding of the processes by which institutions manipulating vertically integrated knowledge attempt to maintain legitimacy for what are extremely broad epistemologically and politically hybrid activities.