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Look at Mother Nature on the Run in the 21st Century: Responsibility, Research and Innovation

Lee, Robert 2012. Look at Mother Nature on the Run in the 21st Century: Responsibility, Research and Innovation. Transnational Environmental Law 1 (1) , pp. 105-117. 10.1017/S2047102511000136

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Abstract

There is growing interest in a framework for responsible research and innovation within Europe. This paper explores why this has come about and suggests that it is related to a concern with emerging and converging technologies that goes beyond a narrow conception of risk to the environment or to human health. Rather, there is a trepidation arising out of the transformative capacity of modern technologies and their stated aspiration to manipulate the natural world. In this context, the paper poses three central questions about the shape of any framework for responsible research and innovation. First, why is the target that of research and innovation? Secondly, at what scale should the framework operate? Thirdly, what form of governance structure would be best suited to the oversight of research and innovation?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Law
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: Technologies; Responsibility; Innovation; Nanotechnology; Biotechnology; Risk; Regulation; Governance
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/2047-1025/ (accessed 25/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 2047-1025
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 02:38
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/31899

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