The Earthscan Science in Society Series

Series Editor: Professor Steve Rayner, University of Oxford

The Earthscan Science in Society Series aims to publish new high quality research, teaching, practical and policy- related books on topics that address the complex and vitally important interface between science and society.

  • Cities and the Knowledge Economy

    Promises, politics and possibilities

    By Tim May, Beth Perry

    This book provides an in-depth, interdisciplinary, international and comparative examination of the relationship between knowledge and urban development in the contemporary era. Through the lenses of promise, politics and possibility, it examines how different cities have sought to realize…

    Paperback – 2016-04-19 
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  • Geoengineering our Climate?

    Ethics, Politics and Governance

    Edited by Jason Blackstock

    Geoengineering - the planetary scale engineering of the climate system - is expected to receive increasingly serious consideration by states seeking ways to manage the most dangerous risks of climate change. Agreeing on a governance framework in which even serious research into geoengineering…

    Paperback – 2016-03-14 
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  • Systems Thinking for Geoengineering Policy

    How to reduce the threat of dangerous climate change by embracing uncertainty and failure

    By Robert Chris

    Even by the scientists most closely associated with it, geoengineering – the deliberate intervention in the climate at global scale to mitigate the effects of climate change – is perceived to be risky. For all its potential benefits, there are robust differences of opinion over the wisdom of such…

    Hardback – 2015-11-26 
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  • Policy Legitimacy, Science and Political Authority

    Knowledge and action in liberal democracies

    Edited by Michael Heazle, John Kane

    Voters expect their elected representatives to pursue good policy and presume this will be securely founded on the best available knowledge. Yet when representatives emphasize their reliance on expert knowledge, they seem to defer to people whose authority derives, not politically from the…

    Hardback – 2015-10-12 
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  • International Science and Technology Education

    Exploring Culture, Economy and Social Perceptions

    Edited by Ortwin Renn, Nicole C. Karafyllis, Andreas Hohlt, Dorothea Taube

    Education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is crucial for taking advantage of the prospects of new scientific discoveries initiating or promoting technological changes, and managing opportunities and risks associated with innovations. This book explores the emerging…

    Hardback – 2015-06-15
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  • Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change

    New Northern Horizons

    By Frank Sejersen

    This ground-breaking book investigates how Arctic indigenous communities deal with the challenges of climate change and how they strive to develop self-determination. Adopting an anthropological focus on Greenland’s vision to boost extractive industries and transform society, the book examines how…

    Hardback – 2015-04-06
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  • Experiment Earth

    Responsible innovation in geoengineering

    By Jack Stilgoe

    Experiments in geoengineering – intentionally manipulating the Earth’s climate to reduce global warming – have become the focus of a vital debate about responsible science and innovation. Drawing on three years of sociological research working with scientists on one of the world’s first major…

    Hardback – 2015-02-23
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  • Reconstructing Sustainability Science

    Knowledge and action for a sustainable future

    By Thaddeus R. Miller

    The growing urgency, complexity and "wickedness" of sustainability problems—from climate change and biodiversity loss to ecosystem degradation and persistent poverty and inequality—present fundamental challenges to scientific knowledge production and its use. While there is little doubt that…

    Paperback – 2014-12-09
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  • A Web of Prevention

    Biological Weapons, Life Sciences and the Governance of Research

    Edited by Brian Rappert, Caitriona McLeish

    Web of Prevention provides a timely contribution to the current debate about life science research and its implications for security. It is an informative guide for both experts and the public. It is a forward-looking contribution covering both ends of the equation and creates momentum for the…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy

    Edited by Steve Rayner, Mark Caine

    The Hartwell Approach to Climate Policy presents a powerful critique of mainstream climate change policies and details a set of pragmatic alternatives based on the Hartwell Group’s collective writings from 1988-2010. Drawing on a rich history of heterodox but increasingly accepted views on climate…

    Paperback – 2014-08-21
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  • Unnatural Selection

    The Challenges of Engineering Tomorrow's People

    Edited by Peter Healey, Steve Rayner

    With ever-advancing scientific understanding and technological capabilities, humanity stands on the brink of the potential next stage of evolution: evolution engineered by us. Nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science offer the possibility to enhance human…

    Paperback – 2014-08-14
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  • Resolving Messy Policy Problems

    Handling Conflict in Environmental, Transport, Health and Ageing Policy

    By Steven Ney

    Our lives increasingly take place in ever more complex and interconnected networks that blur the boundaries we have traditionally used to define our social and political spaces. Accordingly, the policy problems that governments are called upon to deal with have become less clear-cut and far messier…

    Paperback – 2013-12-11
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  • Marginalized Reproduction

    Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies

    Edited by Lorraine Culley, Nicky Hudson, Floor van Rooij

    Worldwide, over 75 million people are involuntarily childless, a devastating experience for many with significant consequences for the social and psychological well-being of women in particular. Despite greater levels of infertility and strong cultural meanings attached to having children, little…

    Paperback – 2013-12-11
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  • Science and Public Reason

    By Sheila Jasanoff

    This essay collection explores how democratic governments construct public reason—that is, the forms of evidence and argument used in making state decisions accountable to citizens.  The term public reason as used here is not simply a matter of constructing principled arguments that respect…

    Paperback – 2013-09-22
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  • The Social Dynamics of Carbon Capture and Storage

    Understanding CCS Representations, Governance and Innovation

    Edited by Nils Markusson, Simon Shackley, Benjamin Evar

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has emerged rapidly as a crucial technological option for decarbonising electricity supply and mitigating climate change. Great hopes are being pinned on this new technology but it is also facing growing scepticism and criticism. This book is the first to bring…

    Paperback – 2012-04-30
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  • Dynamics of Disaster

    Lessons on Risk, Response and Recovery

    Edited by Barbara Allen, Rachel A. Dowty Beech

    Disasters are the result of complex interactions between social and natural forces, acting at multiple scales from the individual and community to the organisational, national and international level. Effective disaster planning, response and recovery require an understanding of these interacting…

    Hardback – 2011-04-27
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  • Integrating Science and Policy

    Vulnerability and Resilience in Global Environmental Change

    By Roger E. Kasperson, Mimi Berberian

    As progress towards a greater knowledge in sustainability science continues, the question of how better to integrate scientific progress with actual decisions made by practitioners remains paramount. This book aims to help close the gap between science and practice. Based on a two year…

    Paperback – 2011-02-13
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  • Rationality and Ritual

    Participation and Exclusion in Nuclear Decision-making, 2nd Edition

    By Brian Wynne

    In Rationality and Ritual, internationally renowned expert Brian Wynne offers a profound analysis of science and technology policymaking. By focusing on an episode of major importance in Britain's nuclear history – the Windscale Inquiry, a public hearing about the future of fuel reprocessing&…

    Paperback – 2010-12-07
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  • The Limits to Scarcity

    Contesting the Politics of Allocation

    Edited by Lyla Mehta

    Scarcity is considered a ubiquitous feature of the human condition. It underpins much of modern economics and is widely used as an explanation for social organisation, social conflict and the resource crunch confronting humanity's survival on the planet. It is made out to be an all-pervasive fact…

    Paperback – 2010-12-06
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  • Uncertainty in Policy Making

    Values and Evidence in Complex Decisions

    By Michael Heazle

    Uncertainty in Policy Making explores how uncertainty is interpreted and used by policy makers, experts and politicians. It argues that conventional notions of rational, evidence-based policy making - hailed by governments and organisations across the world as the only way to make good policy - is…

    Hardback – 2010-09-16
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  • Animals as Biotechnology

    Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies

    By Richard Twine

    In Animals as Biotechnology sociologist Richard Twine places the question of human/animal relations at the heart of sustainability and climate change debates. The book is shaped by the emergence of two contradictory trends within our approach to nonhuman animals: the biotechnological turn in…

    Hardback – 2010-08-24
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  • Influenza and Public Health

    Learning from Past Pandemics

    Edited by Tamara Giles-Vernick, Susan Craddock, Jennifer Gunn

    Major influenza pandemics pose a constant threat. As evidenced by recent H5N1 avian flu and novel H1N1, influenza outbreaks can come in close succession, yet differ in their transmission and impact. With accelerated levels of commercial and population mobility, new forms of flu virus can also…

    Hardback – 2010-08-24
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  • Business Planning for Turbulent Times

    New Methods for Applying Scenarios, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Rafael Ramirez, John W. Selsky, Kees van der Heijden

    The world is increasingly turbulent and complex, awash with disruptions, tipping points and knock-on effects exemplified by the implosion of financial markets and economies around the globe. This book is for business and organizational leaders who want and need to think through how best to deal…

    Paperback – 2010-04-01
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  • Debating Climate Change

    Pathways through Argument to Agreement

    By Elizabeth L. Malone

    As greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and contentious voices fill the air, the question gains urgency: How can people with widely varying viewpoints agree to address climate change? Each participant in the debate seems to have a different agenda, from protecting economic growth in…

    Paperback – 2009-10-22
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  • Nanotechnology

    Risk, Ethics and Law

    Edited by Geoffrey Hunt, Michael Mehta

    Nanotechnology - technology at the molecular level - is held out by many as the Holy Grail for creating a trillion dollar economy and solving problems from curing cancer to reprocessing waste into products and building superfast computers. Yet, as with GMOs, many view nanotech as a high risk genie…

    Paperback – 2008-04-30
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  • Genomics and Society

    Legal, Ethical and Social Dimensions

    By Martin W. Bauer

    Edited by George Gaskell

    From the mid 1990s to the present day, agricultural biotechnology - GM crops and foods - has been the focus of debate and conflict in many European countries. Contrasting views of risks and benefits, trust in science and regulation, the understanding of science, media coverage and mobilization of…

    Paperback – 2007-10-03
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  • Democratizing Technology

    Risk, Responsibility and the Regulation of Chemicals

    By Anne Chapman

    Democratizing Technology provides a much-needed fresh perspective on the regulation of chemicals, and an important contribution to green thinking about technology.Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP. This book is an excellent critique of the current risk-based approach to technology. By exploring the…

    Hardback – 2007-09-24
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  • Vaccine Anxieties

    Global Science, Child Health and Society

    By Melissa Leach, James Fairhead

    This book explores how parents understand and engage with childhood vaccination in contrasting global contexts. This rapidly advancing and universal technology has sparked dramatic controversy, whether over MMR in the UK or oral polio vaccines in Nigeria. Combining a fresh anthropological…

    Paperback – 2007-09-11
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