Upstream Public Engagement in Nanotechnology: Constraints and Opportunities

Lotte Krabbenborg, Henk A. J. Mulder

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    Upstream public engagement with new science and technology is considered
    important but challenging. This article shows how engagement events are
    embedded in broader institutional and cultural contexts. By studying two
    different cases of upstream engagement in nanotechnology, we demonstrate
    how existing institutional responsibilities and cultural repertoires contribute
    much to the productivity of actual engagement events. Insight into these
    wider world dynamics will help science communicators (or event organizers)
    foster reflection and deliberation among relevant actors about whether and
    how upstream public engagement can have an impact on the governance of
    new science and technology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)452-484
    Number of pages33
    JournalScience Communication
    Issue number4
    Early online date27-May-2015
    Publication statusPublished - Aug-2015


    • upstream public engagement, institutional practices, dialogical governance, responsible research and innovation, nanotechnology, civil society

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