Environmental Anthropology; confluence of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies (STS); knowledge production; relationships between scientific research and policy; ethnographic research; impacts of writing and research narratives.
My main academic interests are at the confluence of Anthropology and STS, with a focus on interactions between people and the environment. Currently, I am doing research on how multi-stakeholders collaborate in the production of scientific knowledge in cave and karst research. I am also interested in the interplay between cave and karst knowledge-production and policy.
I work with qualitative research methods, mainly ethnography and its variations, as well as more creative and experimental approaches to research. I am interested in playing with different writing styles and research narratives.
Feel free to get in touch - I welcome enquiries from academic colleagues and researchers, as well as other individuals and organisations interested in this line of work.
I have a BA in Anthropology by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with my specialisms spanning across environmental and political anthropology, as well as ethnography. In 2017 I obtained a Masters by Research in Science and Technology Studies by the University of Edinburgh. Currently, I am doing a PhD at the confluence of Anthropology and STS looking at collaborative aspects of the production of scientific knowledge in cave and karst environments, particularly the interplay between professional/academic scientists, speleologists/cavers and governing funding bodies.
I tutor in Introduction to Social Anthropology and Imagining Anthropological Research.
Recently, I worked as Research Assistant on the projects 'What Comes Next: Demystifying PhD Futures' and 'Exploring the Experiences of STIS Early Career Academics on Fixed Term Contracts'
PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, expected submission Dec 2023
MSc Res in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, 2018 - Distinction
BA (Hons) Anthropology - University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 2014 - First
ESRC/UKRI Studentship in Science and Technology Studies (1+3 - MSc Res+PhD), 2017-2023
Special Award University of Edinburgh (1+3 - MSc Res+PhD), 2017-2022
Helen McCormack Scholarship Prize, Faculty´s Best Dissertation of the Year, 2014
Sambento, S. Forthcoming 2023. 'Hard Core, Soft Touches: a story of affect between caves, rocks and humans' in Earthy Matters, eds Luci Attala and Louise Steel. Cardiff: University of Wales Press
Sambento. S. 2019. 'Entrevista con Simone Sambento' interviewed by Martin Arriolabengoa, Laurent Richard, Arturo Hermoso de Mendoza, in Karaitza, 27: 80-83.