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UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.
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SASsy (Science and Society)
The SASsy (Science and Society) Reading Group provides a forum for discussing the latest developments and publications relating to the broader relationships between science and society. Our remit is wide ranging, covering aspects such as science policy, governance issues, science communication, public engagement etc. Academic staff, graduate students and all other parties interested in such issues are very welcome to join in the lively discussions.
The next session will be held on Thursday October 23rd 1-2 in 114 Foster Court. The paper to discuss will be:
Alan Irwin (2014) 'Risk, science and public communication: Third-order thinking about scientific culture' in Massimiano Bucchi and Brian Trench (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, 2nd ed., London: Routledge, 160-172
Subsequent sessions this term will be held at 1-2 in Foster Court 114 on November 6th, November 20th, and December 11th.
The group enjoys a wide representation of staff and student expertise as well as a range of institutions - external members are very much welcome to join in the discussions. If you have any questions about the group please contact Oliver Marsh.
- Matt Grossmann (2013). The Variable Politics of the Policy Process: Issue-Area Differences and Comparative Networks. The Journal of Politics, 75, pp 65-79. doi:10.1017/S0022381612000874. Available from: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8820736
- Joanna Kempner, Jon F. Merz and Charles L. Bosk (2011) 'Forbidden Knowledge: Public Controversy and the Production of Nonknowledge', Sociological Forum 26(3): 475–500. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1573-7861.2011.01259.x/pdf.
- Cooper, M. (2012) 'The Pharmacology of Distributed Experiment – User-generated Drug Innovation'. Body & Society 18(3-4): 18-43. Available from http://bod.sagepub.com/content/18/3-4/18.abstract.
- David Willetts' transcript from his intended Bernal Lecture, available from http://www.bbk.ac.uk/downloads/BernalLecture2012_DavidWilletts.pdf
- Anne C Bellows and Michael W Ham, "Local Autonomy and Sustainable Development: Testing Import Substitution in More Localized Food Systems", Agriculture and Human Values, Volume 18, Number 3 (2001), 271-284. Available from http://www.springerlink.com/content/p5720r2p61480742/
Contrasting perspectives on Open Science:
- Woelfle, M., Olliaro, P. & Todd, M.H. (2011) 'Open science is a research accelerator' Nature Chemistry 3, 745–748. Available from: http://www.nature.com/nchem/journal/v3/n10/full/nchem.1149.html
- Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K. and Winfield, A.F.T. (2012) 'Open Science: A New “Trust Technology”?', Science Communication [online first publication]. Available from: http://scx.sagepub.com/content/34/5/679.full.pdf+html
- Elzinga, Aant (2012) 'Features of the current science policy regime: Viewed in historical perspective'. Science and Public Policy 39(4): 416-428. Available from http://spp.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/4/416.full.
- A draft publication from Hauke Reisch and colleagues provisionally entitled “Citizen Science and Public Engagement in the Open Air Laboratories Programme: An analysis of experience to date”.
- Smith AG (2005) The Alternative Technology Movement: An Analysis of its Framing and Negotiation of Technology Development. Human Ecology Review, 12(2): 106-119. Available from http://ww.humanecologyreview.org/pastissues/her122/smith.pdf.
- Kleinman, DL. Suryanarayanan, S. (2012). Dying Bees and the Social Production of Ignorance. Science, Technology and Human Values. Available from http://sth.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/27/0162243912442575.full.pdf.
- Paula Stephan (2012) 'How Economics Shapes Science' Harvard University Press. Available from http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674049710.
- Davies et al. (2009) 'Discussing dialogue: perspectives on the value of science dialogue events that do not inform policy'. PUS 18: 338. Available from http://pus.sagepub.com/content/early/2008/10/01/0963662507079760.
Sir Paul Nurse's (President of the Royal Society) recent Dimbleby Lecture, which was a very explicit statement about the relationship between science, politics and society, in tandem with the Nature editorial that followed.
- Nurse's speech can be found here: http://royalsociety.org/uploadedFiles/Royal_Society_Content/people/fellows/2012-02-29-Dimbleby.pdf
- The Nature editorial can be found here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v483/n7388/full/483123b.html
- Noortje Marres (2007) 'The Issues Deserve More Credit: Pragmatist Contributions to the Study of Public Involvement in Controversy', Social Studies of Science 37: 759 - 80. Available from: http://sss.sagepub.com/content/37/5/759.abstract
- Daniel Lee Kleinman, Jason A. Delborne, Ashley A. Anderson. (2011) 'Engaging citizens: the high cost of citizen participation in high technology'. Public Understanding of Science 20: 221-240. Available from: http://pus.sagepub.com/content/20/2/221.abstract
- Susan M. Stocklmayer & Chris Bryant (2012) 'Science and the Public: What should people know?' IJSE:B 2(1): 81-101. Available from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09500693.2010.543186.
We also have occasional ad hoc discussions e.g. over a lunchtime to discuss specific issues. An example of a recent informal meeting focused on what we termed the 'Geekocratic Tendency' - you can see further information about our thoughts on the STS Research Observatory.
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