1st Edition

Embedding New Technologies into Society A Regulatory, Ethical and Societal Perspective

Edited By Diana M. Bowman, Elen Stokes, Arie Rip Copyright 2017
    404 Pages 3 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    404 Pages 3 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Jenny Stanford Publishing

    The embedding of any new technologies in society is challenging. The evolving state of the scientific art, often-unquantifiable risks and ill-defined developmental trajectories have the potential to hinder innovation and/or the commercial success of a technology. The are, however, a number of tools that can now be utilized by stakeholders to bridge the chasm that exists between the science and innovation dimensions on the one hand, and the societal dimensions on the other. This edited volume will draw together leading researchers from the domains of law, philosophy, political science, public administration and the natural sciences in order to demonstrate how tools such as, for example, constructive technology assessment, regulatory governance and societal scenarios, may be employed by stakeholders to assist in successfully embedding new technologies into society. This volume will focus primarily on the embedding of two emergent and emerging technologies: nanotechnologies and synthetic biology.

    Government, industry and the epistemic community continue to struggle with how best to balance the promised benefits of an emerging technology with concerns about its potential impacts. There is a growing body of literature that has examined these challenges from various cultural, scientific and jurisdictional dimensions. There is, however, much work that still needs to be done; this includes articulating the successes and failures of attempts to the societal embedding of technologies and their associated products.

    This edited volume is significant and timely, as unlike other books currently on the market, it shall draw from real work experiences and experiments designed anticipate the societal embedding of emerging technologies. This empirical work shall be supported by robust theoretical underpinnings.

    Introduction - Foxes become hedgehogs

    Elen Stokes, Diana Bowman and Arie Rip


    Reflexive co-evolution and governance patterns

    Harro van Lente and Arie Rip

    Governance approaches for emerging technologies

    Bärbel Dorbeck-Jung and Diana Bowman

    Society as a laboratory to experiment with new technologies

    Ibo van de Poel

    Care and technoscience: re-embedding the future of innovation

    Chris Groves

    Division of moral labour as an element in the governance of emerging technologies

    Arie Rip

    Ethical reflexivity as capacity building: supportive tools and approaches

    Clare Shelley-Egan and Federica Lucivero



    The demand side of innovation governance: Demand articulation processes in the case of nano-based sensor technologies

    Haico te Kulve and Kornelia Konrad

    Evolving Patterns of Governance of and by Expectations The Graphene Hype Wave

    Kornelia Konrad and Carla Alvial

    Transnational challenges of governing new technologies: The case of nanotechnology

    Evica Kica and Ramses Wessel

    Co-Regulation of Nanomaterials: On Collaborative Business Association Activities directed at Contributing to Occupational Health and Safety

    Aline Reichow


    The ‘Metamorphosis’ of the drone: the governance challenges of drone technology in border surveillance

    Luisa Marin

    On the disruptive potential of 3D printing

    Pierre Delvenne and Lara Vigneron

    Modifying Materials, Mosquitoes and Measures: The Regulation of Nanotechnologies and Synthetic Biology

    Diana Bowman, Elen Stokes and Ben Trump


    Arie Rip, Diana Bowman and Elen Stokes


    Bowman, Diana M.; Stokes, Elen; Rip, Arie