Social Licence in Design: constructive technology assessment within a mineral research and development institution

Franks, Daniel M. and Cohen, Tamar (2012) Social Licence in Design: constructive technology assessment within a mineral research and development institution. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79 7: 1229-1240.


Author Franks, Daniel M.
Cohen, Tamar
Title Social Licence in Design: constructive technology assessment within a mineral research and development institution
Language of Title eng
Journal name Technological Forecasting and Social Change   Check publisher's open access policy
Language of Journal Name eng
ISSN 0040-1625
1873-5509
Publication date 2012-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.techfore.2012.03.001
Volume 79
Issue 7
Start page 1229
End page 1240
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Technological innovation in the minerals industry must be driven by the need to improve performance according to social, as well as environmental, safety, efficiency and production criteria. This paper outlines the possibilities and rationale for incorporating constructive technology assessment (CTA) into technology research and development within the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Minerals Down Under National Research Flagship (MDU). MDU represents an $80 million per year investment in transformational mineral technology. The paper reports on the development of a process called Social Licence in Design to address the future social challenges and opportunities of the technologies that may arise during implementation. Social Licence in Design utilises social research techniques to account for the perspectives and values of decision makers and likely stakeholders. Interviews with senior technologists and social scientists within MDU reveal the institutional context into which the Social Licence in Design process is to be situated and highlight key factors that may inhibit or enhance its uptake. Despite the long history of CTA the paper is the first to report on the incorporation of a CTA process to address the social implications of technology development within a mineral R&D institution.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Publications
Official 2013 Collection
Sustainable Minerals Institute Publications
 
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