Isabelle Feroni is maîtresse de conférences at Côte d’Azur University (Nice). She currently works on the use of massive databases and their effects on public health governance and decision-making in epidemic contexts. Lying on the Covid-19 contemporary case, her research explores how data analytics new tools and procedures, including Artificial Intelligence or complex models, affect prioritisation processes at the decisional level. Her research brings attention to the diverse social worlds implied in the production and interpretation of massive data and to the social process of transforming data into political significant items through administrative categories.
Isabelle worked for several years on health professional employment policies at a national level, more specifically nursing policies in public hospitals, and also in an international comparative approach, including a comparison of France and the UK. In the last ten years, she has worked on drug regulations applied to addiction treatments from a transnational perspective. Her work combines empirical data gathered through fieldwork and secondary statistical analysis. Her theoretical frame relies mostly on the sociology of health and professions and, for her more recent research, on the sociology of science and techniques and the sociology of quantification.
She is the author of book chapters and various articles in peer-reviewed social science journals such as Sciences Sociales et Santé, La Revue Française des Affaires Sociales, la Revue Française de Sociologie and Public Health reviewed journals such as Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Addictive Behaviors.
She is staying a month at the Maison Française d'Oxf rd (July/August 2022).