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Radetz, Alicia, Reinsborough, Michael, Fisher, Erik, Corley, Elizbeth and Guston, Dave (2019) 'An assessment of engaged social science research in nanoscale science and engineering communities.' Science and Public Policy, 46 (6). pp. 853-865.

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Increased funding of nanotechnology research in the USA at the turn of the millennium was paired with a legislative commitment to and a novel societal research policy for the responsible development of nanotechnology. Innovative policy discourses at the time suggested that such work could engage a variety of publics, stakeholders, and researchers to enhance the capacity of research systems to adapt and be responsive to societal values and concerns. This article reviews one of two federally funded social science research centers—the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University(CNS-ASU)—to assess the merits of this form of engaged social science research in which social science contributes not only to traditional knowledge production but also to the capacity of natural science and engineering researchers and research communities for greater reflexivity and responsiveness, ultimately producing more socially robust research systems.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: technology policy; nanotechnology; engaged social science; science and society; impact assessment; research center
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Foundation College
ISSN: 03023427
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Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 11:08
Funders: Other

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