Science Policy Imaginations and Expectations - Scientists Experiences and Perspectives

  • Kamara, Mercy Wambui (Project participant)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    Since the 1980s, governments across Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have enacted science policies that ratify ‘social-and-user-relevance' (Dresner, 2002; Hellstrom & Jacob, 2005; Jang, 2000) normative assumptions of science, granting this ‘social and political desiderata' (Godin, 1998, p. 479) visibility and designation as the ‘real' and ‘legitimate' scientific norms and practices deserving public vote and state budgetary allocations. Indeed, in the mid-1990s, many OECD governments instated strategic research programmes, visions, or performance agreements, development contracts and so forth as instruments for managing public academic scientists and institutions. This was based on the new public management model of governance common in industrial corporations (OECD, 2006). Today, academic science and scientists are demanded and expected to meet these criteria.
    The objective of this project is to engage with practising post-genomic plant and crop scientists (genomics, ecologists or system biology) across Denmark and USA. It will explore ways in which the new public management model of science governance is affecting scientists and scientific research in the 21st Century; and scientists' self-understanding and practices-under these conditions. Field data collected in Denmark and USA will be compared with data collected earlier in Britain. This was under the flagship project, Plant Genomics, Commercialization and Environmental Knowledge: Shifting Cultures of Scientific Research (2003-2006) at Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), Lancaster University, UK. The Plant Genomic project was funded by UK Economic and Social Research Council. A comparison of Danish, UK and USA scientists will help us identify similarities and differences across Europe and North America, and provide helpful technical tools for improving current science or research policies. A comparison may even help us interrogate European leaders' 1) belief that EU countries are leading in scientific output, but laggards in their ability to translate and exploit this potency into competitive and wealth-generating innovations-the so-called European Paradox; and 2) fear of a threatened or declining EU competitiveness in the global knowledge-based economy.
    Effective start/end date01/03/200701/03/2009


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    • Forskningsråd for Samfund og Ervherv (FSE). Danish Social Science Research Council