Emerging Technologies and Opportunities for International Science and Technology Foresight

Van Zwanenberg, Patrick, Ely, Adrian and Stirling, Andrew (2009) Emerging Technologies and Opportunities for International Science and Technology Foresight. Working Paper. STEPS Centre, Brighton.

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Abstract

This background paper focuses on the potential role that
international science and technology ‘foresight-type’
activities might play in informing decision-making
processes about innovation, development and emerging
technologies. Two, predominantly national-level, foresight
type activities are discussed, ‘technology foresight’ and
‘technology assessment’. Experiences with these
approaches are quite diverse but over time there has been
a discernible shift in many countries away from reductive
and expert-based exercises to more plural processes in
which wider sets of assumptions have been articulated
about problems, desired futures and the social purposes
of technology. Foresight-type activities have only
occasionally been conducted at the international level but
this paper argues that there may be scope for conceiving of
international foresight activities as a mechanism for
articulating and framing development ‘needs’, and for
bringing these to bear on innovation actors. This would,
however require considerable attention to how foresighttype activities are designed and conducted, and the
complexities of dealing with a very large array of global
actors and perspectives.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information: STEPS Working Paper 30, available at: http://anewmanifesto.org/wp-content/uploads/van-zwan-et-al-paper-30.pdf
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Patrick VanZwanenberg
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:30
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2013 09:29
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20874
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