Science and citizenship
Rapid advances in science and the emergence of new technologies pose a range of pressing challenges to citizenship. They invite debate about, for instance, the nature of expertise; the framing of knowledge and research questions; processes of public participation and the notions of citizenship they assume; the processes of globalisation influencing technological development, and located responses to these.
In many cases, similar technologies are now being presented as solutions to a range of problems in developed and developing countries alike, but in contexts which are very different - historically, economically, socially and politically.This programme focused on how citizens mobilise to claim rights around knowledge and expertise in relationship to science and the environment.
This programme was convened by Ian Scoones (IDS) and Melissa Leach (IDS) and involved Citizenship DRC researchers from Brazil, South Africa and the UK.
Science and Citizens: Globalization and the Challenge of Engagement
Zed Books: London , 2005
Science and Citizens: Local and Global Voices
IDS Policy Briefing No. 30, Institute of Development Studies: Brighton , 2006
Mobilising Citizens: Social Movements and the Politics of Knowledge
IDS Working Paper No. 276, Institute of Development Studies: Brighton , 2007