Democratizing Expertise in Theory and Practice:: Exploring Knowledge Gaps and New Research Ideas
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
This CSPR briefing report is a summary of an international workshop hosted by the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research and Department of Thematic Studies: Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University in Norrköping on 21 November 2011. The workshop brought together some 20 scholars interested in the role of science in democratic societies. In the following report we present the analytical aim, setup and outcomes of the workshop. We also reflect upon promising ideas for future research that were discussed during the workshop deliberations. With this brief summary we would like to thank all participants for their thoughtful input to the workshop theme. While the report is intended to reflect the rich and vibrant debate that took place in the CSPR conference room this sunny November day, it is of course difficult to fully represent the diversity of views and perspectives presented by our workshop participants. Hence, any arguments (and mistakes) forwarded in this briefing remain those of the authors. Finally, we would also like to acknowledge the workshop support provided by the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research and the Department of Thematic Studies: Water and Environmental Studies. By positioning our research environment in an ongoing scholarly debate and by identifying promising project ideas for spring 2012, we hope that time and money was well spent.
The role of science in democratic societies has been widely debated in recent years. In an age of food scares such as the BSE crisis in the UK and environmental mega-risks such as nuclear disasters and anthropogenic climate change, scholars and practitioners alike have suggested that scientific experts need to test the validity of their knowledge claims outside the laboratory in order to gain public trust and legitimacy. The aim of this workshop is to take stock of this scholarly debate by discussing its theoretical foundations and practical implications. We use climate change as our main empirical case, although the debate extends well beyond this policy domain. What do calls for more democratic modes of climate science and expertise entail? What ideals of democracy do they rest upon? What can we learn from practical efforts to engage publics and stakeholders in the making and interpretation of climate science? By bringing together scholars at the intersection of science and technology studies, environmental studies and democratic theory the workshop sets out to identify promising ideas for future research that may advance the science and democracy research agenda.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2012. , 13 p.
CSPR Briefing, 8
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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