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Qualitative system analysis as a means for sustainable governance of emerging technologies: the case of nanotechnology

Wiek, Arnim and Lang, Daniel J. and Siegrist, Michael (2008) Qualitative system analysis as a means for sustainable governance of emerging technologies: the case of nanotechnology. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 16 (8-9). pp. 988-999.

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Abstract

Sustainable governance of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology is a demanding societal challenge due to the ``technological throughput'' of today's and tomorrow's social life. A prerequisite for sustainable governance is an integrated understanding of the factors, interdependencies and developmental potentials of the technological system under investigation. This paper presents a transdisciplinary qualitative system analysis on nanotechnology in Switzerland, integrating perspectives from science, business, government, and society. It provides basic knowledge about the systemic characteristics of nanotechnology development, considering innovation characteristics (visibility), consumers' concerns (contact) and the analogy to the GMO regulation (moratorium) as critical issues. The study affirms the method of qualitative system analysis, when applied in a transdisciplinary setting, as a useful, straightforward instrument for the early stage of sustainable governance. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:qualitative system analysis; emerging technologies; nanotechnology; sustainable governance; regulation; transdisciplinarity
Subjects:Risk > Environment, health and safety aspects of nanotechnology
ID Code:737
Deposited By:SPI
Deposited On:21 Jan 2009 11:49
Last Modified:21 Jan 2009 11:49

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