Beumer, K. MSc.

Democratic risk governance of nanotechnologies for development

Capaciteitsgroep Maatschappijwetenschap en Techniek
Faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen
Universiteit Maastricht
Postbus 616
6200 MD Maastricht
k.beumer@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Supervisors: Professor Wiebe Bijker (Maastricht University), Dr. Ragna Zeiss (Maastricht University), Dr. Kevin Urama (African Technology Policy Studies Network), Professor Ejnavarzala Haribabu (University of Hyderabad). 

 

Summary

This project asks the question of democratic risk governance in nanotechnologies for development. New and emerging technologies are always related to risks and vulnerability, and invariably generate issues of regulation. In the case of nanotechnologies it is difficult to resort to existing frameworks of regulation, because of the difficult balance between benefits and risks, enhanced by some crucial scientific uncertainty. The aspect of ‘travelling technologies’ makes this question especially acute. What is a suitable framework for the democratic risk governance of nanotechnology for development, and what is the role of national regulation in a globalizing world with respect to development?

Publications

Peer-reveiwed

Beumer, K. (2009). Het domesticeren van de rat. Rat-mens relaties in de twintigste eeuw in het Westen. Krisis. Journal for Empirical Philosophy. Vol. 29(1), pp. 71-86. Retrievable from https://www.krisis.eu/content/2009-1/2009-1-07-beumer.pdf.

Scholarly and professional publication

AWT (forthcoming). Kennis zonder grenzen. Kennis en innovatie in mondiaal perspectief. Den Haag: AWT.

Shambu Prasad, C., Beumer, K. & Mohanty, D. (2007). Towards a learning alliance. SRI in Orissa. Delhi: WWF & New Concept Information Systems.

AWT (2007). Opening van zaken. Beleid voor Open Innnovatie. Den Haag: AWT. 80 p.