Can government fulfil its commitment to engage the public about nanotechnology?

Lyons, Kristen and Whelan, James (2013) Can government fulfil its commitment to engage the public about nanotechnology?. Social Alternatives, 32 3: 51-57.

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Author Lyons, Kristen
Whelan, James
Title Can government fulfil its commitment to engage the public about nanotechnology?
Journal name Social Alternatives   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0155-0306
Publication date 2013-12
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 51
End page 57
Total pages 7
Place of publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Social Alternatives
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Nanotechnologies are predicted to radically transform a range of industries and to usher in diverse social, economic, environmental and other impacts. Given the magnitude of these possible changes and impacts, it is natural to expect that citizens and communities will have some say in the development of nanotechnologies. Reflecting this, in recent years there has been an international groundswell in public engagement activities.

This paper evaluates the effectiveness of public engagement related to nanotechnologies in Australia since 2009 when the Federal Government established a National Enabling Technologies Strategy (NETS). We assess the extent to which NETS' activities comply with the Government's stated principles and commitment to best practice, as well as other broadly understood public engagement norms and practices. This assessment contrasts NETS invocation of best practice claims with practices that frequently fall short, and an alarming disconnect between nano-related research, development and commercialisation, and community interests and concerns.
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Created: Mon, 06 Jan 2014, 14:12:16 EST by Kristen Lyons on behalf of School of Social Science