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1st Edition

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

ISBN 9789814745741
Published September 11, 2017 by Jenny Stanford Publishing
404 Pages 3 Color & 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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