Editorial Policy Content"Science, Technology & Innovation Studies" is a reviewed bi-annual online journal that publishes analytical, theoretical and methodological studies
- on the creation and use of scientific knowledge and its relation to society,
- on the development of technology and its social impact and control,
- on innovation in industry and in the public sector.
The articles are published in English. Anonymous double blind peer review is to assure high quality of all articles in this online journal. Submissions are reviewed by two external peers.
Each issue of the journal contains three to four articles of no more than 20 pages, which can be downloaded free of charge as PDF files.
Special IssuesAdditionally to the two regular numbers of the journal, "Science, Technology & Innovation Studies" plans to publish one special issue per year with a specific thematic focus. This special issue will be published under the responsibility of a guest editor, who is also responsible for the organisation of the peer review process. Proposals are welcome.
This study sets out to explore one of the most important questions for alleviating poverty in sub-Saharan Africa namely: why are advancements in agricultural technology not taking root in this region? Using data from deep interviews of 42 smallscale farmers in Ghana and Cameroon, a conceptual analysis of drivers and factors of agricultural technology adoption in this region is made and represented as causal loop diagrams. Interviews also provide a basis for weighting factors that farmers cons...
Current discourses in science, technology and innovation policy describe a shift from formal, governmental, or statutory regulation to non-hierarchical, informal, and cooperative self-regulatory approaches. They narrate a turn from government to governance, described as a “governance turn.” Governance as a new and popular mode of regulation, deliberation and shared responsibility is often linked to favored attributes of science and technology development, and policy making such as democracy a...
The article suggests that research on public engagement with science and technology suffers from an unfortunate deficit of (cross-national) comparative research. It examines the so-called ‘mode 2 diagnosis’ (Nowotny et al. 2001) and the the relevance of the concept of ‘socially robust’ knowledge production for comparative research on public engagement practices. While providing a stimulating perspective on the novel ways in which techno-scientific innovation must be legitimised in contemporar...
More than 15 years ago, Michael Gibbons, Helga Nowotny and others coined the term “mode 2”, arguing that a new mode of production of scientific knowledge had emerged. In the era of mode 1, science had been able to safeguard its autonomy and almost exclusively relied on internal mechanisms of quality and relevance assessment. Mode 2, however, means that scientific knowledge has to be socially robust, counting more and more on the participation of lay-people from different parts of society. The...
In the UK, a diverse network of actors has emerged around the delivery of government-sponsored processes of public participation in science and technology. Although this network includes social scientists, the relationship between social science and participatory policy-making remains an ambiguous one. My objective in this paper is to reflect in an exploratory manner on non-academic perspectives of the roles of social science in public participation. In particular, I draw attention to the con...
In a pilot project called The DNA-Dialogues online discussion boards of popular magazines featured as sites for public dialogue on genomics-related issues. As organizers and mediators of those online discussions, we experienced problems that have hardly been attended to by dialogue practitioners nor by social scientists who study and criticize public engagement activities. We illustrate those problems with examples from an online discussion on the storage and use of neonatal screening blood. ...
Public participation has become an important issue in science and technology studies as well as in politics. Procedures creating such multi-actor spaces of public participation are usually discussed under the label "participatory technology assessment" (pTA). PTA is considered to be a possible and promising way to foster direct interaction between members of the general public (lay people), organized interest groups, scientific experts, and sometimes also policy makers. Over the last ten year...
Public engagement has become increasingly important within the sphere of science policy making. A broad range of discursive experiments and participatory methods involving citizens, consumers, and other key stakeholders are frequently used to consult the public about their opinion of new developments in science and technology. This special issue of STI-Studies aims at addressing the role(s) of scholars in this important field. Having personally participated in a variety of public engagement e...
- Ingo Schulz-Schaeffer
University of Duisburg-Essen
- Raymund Werle
Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne
- Johannes Weyer
Editorial Advisory Board
- Arno Bammé
Interuniversity Institute, Klagenfurt
- Armin Grunwald
Research Centre Karlsruhe
- Dorothea Jansen
University of Administrative Sciences, Speyer
- Regine Kollek
University of Hamburg
- Werner Rammert
- Volker Schneider
University of Konstanz
- Peter Weingart
University of Bielefeld
Editorial Staff (at TU Dortmund)Jens Kroniger
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