Nano4Agri&Food Emulsions and up-scaling of microfluidics
December 2, 14:00-15:30
Learning from societal framing of facts for responsible research and innovation
Tamara Metze, Wageningen University
Injections with nano-compounds that ‘manipulate’ our pears, flames from the drinking water tap due to hydraulic fracturing, and scissors cutting DNA, are but three examples of influential images of emerging technologies. Engaged citizens, experts, politicians, industry and others defend, develop or despise technologies in passionate ways. They frame facts and uncertainties in accordance with their values and beliefs. Especially in the age of social media and other internet technologies these framings travel across the world, and some become pervasive. This can hinder or contribute to the responsible development, societal acceptability, and democratic governance of innovative technologies.
In our research project, we aim to better understand and democratize the mechanisms underlying so termed TOFUs (travelling of framed facts and uncertainties). In order to improve responsible research and innovation, we develop a digital tool to study, reflect on, and experiment with TOFUs, and their governance. We have co-created this tool with societal stakeholders and based on our research findings.
Tamara Metze is Associate Professor (ius promovendi) in Public Administration and Policy at Wageningen University. Trained in Political Science and Science and Technology Studies (both cum laude), with a PhD from the University of Amsterdam in Public Administration. Research interests: innovation and conflict in sustainability transitions. With special interest in (visual) framing, traveling of facts and uncertainties, boundary objects, scenario development, citizen engagement, and communities of practice. Principle Investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions. Co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, Chief editor of the Dutch journal Policy and Society. Member of the advisory board of the international conference on Interpretive Policy Analysis.