This project will examine public participation in science and technology policy processes in Denmark, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway, focused on science and technology networks including academics, activists, innovators land policy-makers, and in particular of:
- the composition and structure of science and technology networks
- their links with formal policy bodies
- how such networks shape policy options and agendas
- their effects on democratic legitimacy
- how the broader public interest is taken into account
- social learning in science and technology processes.
Particular attention will be paid to sources of divergence and convergence among countries and the influence of national institutional traditions and policy styles.
The project will:
- analyse and evaluate different strategies for organising networks between universities, research institutes, business and government;
- analyse different methods for involving the public in policy making and assess to what extent public participation influences flexibility, competence building and accountability;
- communicate the results via a series of workshops with users, policy-makers and public representatives and books and papers prepared within the project.
The project will study two cases:
- innovation, science and technology networks and public discourses in transport technology;
- innovation, science and technology networks and public interest organisations promoting sustainable industrial technologies.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
LA1 4YW Lancaster
7500 AE Enschede