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There is plenty of room downstream : industrial dynamics and the governance of nanomaterials


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TitleThere is plenty of room downstream : industrial dynamics and the governance of nanomaterials
Publication TypeManuscript
Year of Publication2009
Authorsvan Zwanenberg, Patrick, and Rafols Ismael
Pagination4 p.
Date Published08/2009
PublisherScience and Technology Policy Research, Freeman Centre at the University of Sussex
Place PublishedBrighton
Type of WorkWorking Paper
Publication Languageeng
Abstract

The development of nanotechnologies and nanotechnology-based products has been accompanied by unprecedented attention to their potential health, environmental, and social implications. Policies to promote the ‘responsible development’ of nanotechnology extend beyond the traditional concerns of how best to anticipate and mitigate adverse impacts of new technologies on health and the environment. Public engagement experiments have attempted to get scientists to reflect on public values and aspirations about the social purposes of technology, but the authors of this article argue that these efforts may not by themselves be sufficient to influence trajectories of nanotechnology innovations. Instead, they argue that specific industrial dynamics have important implications for innovation governance. They argue that policy intervention is just as important during the innovation process, directed at firms manufacturing nanomaterials and firms using these technologies, as well as at consumers of nano-enabled products.

URLhttp://www.sussex.ac.uk/Users/ir28/docs/vanzwanenberg-rafols-2009-nn.pdf