Monday, 12 January 2015

Political economy of technoscience

I've just created a new blog called Political Economy of Technoscience:

Rationale etc. ...

"This blog is a space for both intellectual debate about the changing political economy of science, research and innovation (or technoscience), and a resource for those interested in this topic ...

... This blog originates in the push behind science by governments, policy-makers, industry, NGOs, universities, and others to kick-start the moribund economy, especially (but not limited to) after the global financial crisis. It seeks to explore how the promotion of new techno-economic paradigms (e.g. green economy) is tied up with tackling multiple, overlapping global challenges, such as climate change or food security, and the cultural and political upheaval around science and the political economy of its funding. What science can and does contribute to economic growth and global challenges is not clearly understood, and, conversely, it is clear that the current dominant policy understanding of these relations is inadequate."

Obviously the blog is a work in progress, but hopefully it'll be up and running as a useful resource and site for discussions on this topic in a short space of time.

It also relates to a graduate course I'm currently running at York University (Toronto) - syllabus here.

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