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ESEP - Vol. 12, No. 2 - Table of contents

ESEP - Vol. 12, No. 2 - Table of contents

Ethics Sci Environ Polit (Print ISSN: 1863-5415; Online ISSN: 1611-8014)
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Ethical imperatives of dialogue for public engagement in technoscience

Editors: Tomiko Yamaguchi, Karen Cronin and Darryl Macer

The need for public engagement over the use of science and technology is agreed in international documents, including the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. The field of Science, Technology and Society (STS) research has widely argued for empowering citizens in relation to science and technology. The Asia-Pacific region is an emergent and important area in world politics, trade, and technoscience development. It thus offers a valuable new arena for discussion on the intersection of technoscience and society.

This theme section (TS) explores the ethical dimensions of strategies for engaging the public in technoscience innovation and governance, and the understanding that informs those strategies in the Asia-Pacific region. It is based on themes developed at two events held in Tokyo in August 2010: a meeting of Japanese and New Zealand STS scholars which focused on nano-foods and dialogue engagement, and a session on engaging the public in technoscience in the Asia-Pacific region held at the international STS conference run by the Asia Pacific STS Network. Public engagement interventions are in themselves a form of ethical practice in technoscience governance, but the techniques and outcomes of engagement do not always meet the standards and principles implied by ethical governance. The contributions to this TS discuss new designs for public engagement which address the need for dialogue between the developers, end users and regulators of technology.

Yamaguchi T, Cronin K, Macer D
INTRODUCTION: The ethical and social imperatives of dialogue for public engagement in technoscience: trends in Asia-Pacific governance
ESEP 12:63-65 | Full text in pdf format

Petersen A, Bowman D
Engaging whom and for what ends? Australian stakeholders’ constructions of public engagement in relation to nanotechnologies
ESEP 12:67-79 | Full text in pdf format

Kao SF
EMF controversy in Chigu, Taiwan: contested declarations of risk and scientific knowledge have implications for risk governance
ESEP 12:81-97 | Full text in pdf format

Kaji M
Role of experts and public participation in pollution control: the case of Itai-itai disease in Japan1
ESEP 12:99-111 | Full text in pdf format

Tachikawa M
Uncertainty of, and stakeholder response to, emerging technologies: food nanotechnology in Japan
ESEP 12:113-122 | Full text in pdf format