Civil society organisations in designing research governance (CONSIDER)
- Project team:
Pfersdorf, Simon-Philipp (Project leader at ITAS); Michael Rader; Leonhard Hennen; Stefan Böschen; Martin Sand
- Start date:
- End date:
- Project partners:
De Montfort University (Project coordination), Signosis, University of Namur, University of Lille, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Euclid Network, University of the West of England, Science-Policy Advice Agency
- Research group:
Knowledge society and knowledge policy
Social scientists have been conducting a debate on the potentials, functions, advantages and disadvantages of including societally articulated interests and values in research for several decades. Discussions are here being fed by approaches extending from the theory of democracy, theories of knowledge and the sociology of knowledge to those from societal theory. Viewed empirically, civil society organisations (CSOs), such as environmental protection associations, consumer protection associations or trade unions assume a prominent role as social actors. This is because they represent the organized opinions of many and articulate specific interests in order to shape the development of technologies accordingly (e.g. sustainability of nano-technology). To date there has not been any systematic investigation how CSOs make contributions to research projects, when or how they are permitted to participate and which favourable and unfavourable conditions for this exist. There is also the question which impact the participation of CSOs can have on the self-understanding of research or on the course of societal debate and how this is to be assessed.
These are topics of the CONSIDER project being financially supported by the European Union. The project started in February 2012. It seeks not only to empirically investigate the forms of CSO participation in research projects, but also to develop procedures for CSOs to participate in research projects. The potentials, limits and problems of CSO participation will be explored and made transparent. The insights will be fuelled by the project partners into guidelines, to provide interested stakeholders from science, industry, politics and the civil society with support for involvement in research. In order to produce these results, all projects supported by the EU in its 7th FP will be screened with respect to participative activities, and then a sample of up to about 30 FP 7 research projects will be explored in depth. These projects will be analysed with respect to the participation practices of CSOs and the associated effects on the projects themselves and on the process of research.
The EU Commission puts great value on the involvement of CSOs in research processes. CONSIDER will build not only on discussions with responsible representatives of the European Commision but also on close exchange with CSOs. The project itself involves CSOs and explores possibilities for their involvement in research processes. The project consortium is also building a network of interested CSOs in order to diffuse the results of the project in a timely fashion.
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Dioxins - networks of collective experimentation.
2015. Toxic Legacies - Agent Orange as a Challenge, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing, 28.-30.Juni 2015
Participatory science? A novel typology of CSO involvement in research projects.
2015. Science and Democracy Network 14th Annual Meeting, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., June 25-27, 2015
Discussing CSO involvement in research projects. Some outcomes of the CONSIDER project.
2014. Living Knowledge - International Journal of Community Based Research, 12 (4), 1–11
Model of CSO participation in research governance. Deliverable D3.3 CONSIDER Project.
Public Engagement - Promises, demands and fields of practice.
Diskursphasen als Strukturmuster beim gesellschaftlichen Umgang mit Technologien?.
2014. 37. Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Trier, 6.-10.Oktober 2014
Engaging the public in research and innovation: Insights into the EU projects CINSIDER and ENGAGE 2020.
2014. European Network for Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) Annual Conference, Berlin, September 10-12, 2014
A world cafe on the outcomes of the CONSIDER project: Discussing guidelines of CSO involvement in research projects.
2014. 6th Living Knowledge Conference, Copenhagen, DK, April 9-11, 2014
Problems of knowledge and identity through trust in a participatory research project.
2013. 8th International Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference (IPA 2013), Wien, A, July 3-5, 2013
Identitätspolitik: Partizipative Forschungsgovernance und das Problem der Autonomie der Forschung.
2013. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung, Berlin, 29.-30. November 2013
Civil society organisations in research governance.
2013. 1st PACITA Conference on Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions (2013), Praha, Slovakia, March 13–15, 2013
2013. CONSIDER Project Deliverable D1.4 (July 2013)
Framework for the comparison of theories and CSO participation in research governance.
2013. CONSIDER Project Deliverable D 3.1 (January 2013)
Zivilgesellschaftliche Partizipation in Forschungsprojekten als Lösung und Problem. Vorstellung des EU-Projekts CONSIDER.
2012. Technikfolgenabschätzung, Theorie und Praxis, 21 (2), 59–61. doi:10.14512/tatup.21.2.59
Lines of development and phenomenal structures of the discourse on the regulation of nanotechnology: evidence for a re-classification of societal authorities?.
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The role of the German Nano-Kommission for governing nanotechnology.
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Civil society organisations in research projects reflection on stories and experiences.
2012. 5th Living Knowledge Conference (2012), Bonn, Germany, May 10–12, 2012