Governing Science: Towards an Interdisciplinary Narrative of Change, November 2005
The relationship between science and governance is becoming more complex as the boundaries between
previously disparate fields of activity – society, politics, culture, economy and science – shift and become increasingly blurred.
‘Governance’ itself has multiple interpretations relating, for instance, to the shared responsibility for social and economic issues
between diverse institutions or power dependence in the relationships between institutions involved in collective action.
What is understood by the ‘governance of science’ can thus be seen from a variety of perspectives. For some, it requires a focus on the
range of organisations, elected and non-elected, public and private, through which scientific life is managed and controlled.
For others, the governance of science may equally relate to the values, norms, codes of conduct, justifications and rationales that
underpin and inform particular sets of scientific activities - it may also be seen as pertaining to issues of democratic accountability,
expertise and scientific credibility. Considering the changing relationship between science and society, politics, culture and economy
requires a re-evaluation of the issues associated with governing science across these spheres.
By bringing together international, well-established and newer academics working across a number of disciplines, this seminar considered
these multiple understandings and diverse interpretations of the governance of science and the resulting implications for theory,
policy and practice.
Information on the event can be downloaded here:-
If you are interested in reading the papers, please contact the authors directly. Email addresses are within the Abstracts document above.
- Discussion on Genomic Governance: The Paradox of ‘Open and Positive Communication with the Media’, Joan Haran and Kate O’Riordan
- Discussion on Government by Elicitation: Engaging Stakeholders or Listening to the Idiota, Javier Lezaun and Linda Soneryd
- Discussion on Concurrent Power: the Role of Policy Networks in the Multi-Level Governance of Science and Innovation in Scotland, Catherine Lyall
- Discussion on Governance of Science and Innovation in a Federal System: Regional Evidence from Germany, Knut Koschatzky
- Discussion on The New Governance of Science in face of the Process of Decentralisation/Devolution in France, Jean-Alain Heraud and Cecile Crespy
- Discussion on Explaining the Science and Technology Policies of Regional Governments in Spain, Luis Sanz-Menendez and Laura Cruz-Castro
- Discussion on The Spatiality of the Governance of Science and Innovation: A View from Japan, Fumi Kitagawa
- Discussion on Climate Change and Knowledge Politics, Reiner Grundmann
- Discussion on The War on Drugs: A Biopolitical Perspective, Scott Vrecko
- Discussion on Science Frictions and Fictions: English Science Policy Post-DIAMOND, Beth Perry, Simon Marvin, Tim May
- Discussion on Can Scientists Be Objective?, Malcolm Williams
- Discussion on Deliberative Administration in Risk Regulation, Camil Parvu
- Genomics, Neuroscience and the Subject of Democracy, Nik Rose
- Workshop Feedback
The Embedded University in the Science-Economy
This network was funded by the ESRC/HEFCE as one of five networks across the UK to look at ‘The Impact of HEIs on Regional Economies’. The networks were funded to examine the current state of research in relation to HEIs and regional economic development across a number of themes.
This network brought together academics in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to review the existing evidence-base and work with policy-makers and senior HE managers to formulate a forward looking research agenda, incorporating policy priorities, on the role of universities in economic development.
It focussed on regional and local science-based economic developments in the North of England as a means of illuminating key gaps in understanding and opportunities for universities.
The network fostered a productive dialogue between academic and policy worlds about the expectations policy-makers hold for universities, the conditions governing the capacity of those institutions to deliver and the implications for public policies at different levels of scale.
As part of the network, two workshops and three seminars were held. These were entitled:
Further information on the network, including the outputs, is available on http://www.surf.salford.ac.uk/EmbeddedUniversity/index.html
- The role of universities in innovation and economic development
- Universities, science and city-regions
- From information to intelligence
The Trans-Atlantic Forum on the Future of Universities
Members of SURF are part of an international network exploring issues relating to the social sciences, higher education
management and higher education policy and implications for university reform. The network is funded by the Ford
Foundation and led by Professor Davydd Greenwood at Cornell University. The current project has three discrete elements.
First, to develop a forward-looking research agenda on the internal political economies of contemporary research
universities worldwide and their links to relevant external environments. Second, to examine the emerging implications
for the restructuring of research universities and their transactions with their external environments in practical
and strategic terms. Third, to engage university managers and public officials in a collaborative discussion about the
collective problems we face in refashioning the research university in the 21st century. The aim of this project is
to move a broad coalition of scholars and administrators toward a better grasp of these issues, the development of a
comprehensive research agenda, and an examination of the ways the issues can be addressed administratively with
particular reference to future development of the social sciences.