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Public Engagement and Science and Technology Policy Options

Objective

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.

Coordinator

LUND UNIVERSITY
Address
Magle Stora Kykogata 12B
220 02 Lund
Sweden

Participants (5)

Kaunas University of Technology
Lithuania
Address
20/307,K. Donelaicio 20/307
3000 Kaunas
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
Norway
Address

7055 Dragvoll
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg, Lonsdale College, Bowland Tower East
LA1 4YW Lancaster
UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE
Netherlands
Address
5,Drienerlolaan 5 Twrc Building D312
7500 AE Enschede
UNIVERSITÀ COMMERCIALE 'LUIGI BOCCONI'
Italy
Address
Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano