Towards new forms of participatory technology development

Schot, Johan (2010) Towards new forms of participatory technology development. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 13 (1). pp. 39-52. ISSN 0953-7325

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Abstract

Technical change is crucial for sustainable development. Yet, it is unclear what kind of technology policy would suit such development. In this article constructive technology assesment (CTA) is offered as a model. CTA proposes broadening design by bringing together all interested parties early on and throughout the design process. CTA activities are not automatically directed at substantive goals such as those incorporated in the notion of sustainable development. The purpose of CTA is to shape technology development processes in such a way that social aspects are symmetrically considered in the process itself. To evaluate and shape CTA processes three criteria are offered: anticipation, reflexivity and social learning. These criteria are applied to three case-studies to illustrate their usefulness.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Yvonne Barnes
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2015 16:16
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 16:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52755
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