From a background in social psychology, Phil's research focuses on the cultural dimensions of environmental and innovation policy and their intersection with everyday practice. He has published widely on the social science of technology and the environment and is author, with John Urry, of Contested Natures (London; Sage, 1998) and Bodies of Nature (guest editor of special issue of Body and Society). He advises the UK Economic and Social Research Board on Nanotechnology and Society matters, is a founding member of the International Nanotechnology and Society Network, a member of the UK Nanotechnologies Standardization Committee NTI/1, and a research partner on the Demos Sciencewise project ‘The Nanodialogues: Four experiments in upstream engagement’. He works closely with Demos on research on the governance of emerging technologies.
Based on a two-year ESRC-funded project by Demos and Lancaster University, this report examines the technical and social implications of nanotechnologies.
Nanotechnology - the science of small things - promises to be one of the defining technologies of the 21st Century. But what will it mean for society and the environment? And how can public engagement in deciding the direction of research be moved 'upstream'?More