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KAIST STP cordially invites you to the following Special Seminar.

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Science, Policy, and Public Reason
 
by Sheila Jasanoff (Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)  
 

 
Date : August 6 (Tue.), 16:00 PM  

Venue : KAIST ISR (KAIST / N4 Building #1431)

         
 
Abstract
 
Analysts of public decision-making believe that, across a range of areas from environment and public health to food safety and criminal justice,

many recurrent problems could be solved through better use and communication of science.

That position, however, is based on a simplistic understanding of science in relation to politics and policy.

To begin with, the science that decision-makers want is seldom available in advance.

Generating knowledge for policy gives rise to its own practical and political problems.

Further, the production of policy-relevant knowledge is itself influenced by complex institutional and cultural constraints.

As a result, important gaps in knowledge may not be filled and policy-makers may overemphasize what is known by comparison with what is not yet known.

This talk suggests that we should focus not only on the quality and integrity of policy-relevant scientific knowledge -
 
which are of course important concerns - but equally or more on the assessment and critique of science through the processes of public reasoning.
 



Speaker 

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

She was founding chair of the Department of Science & Technology Studies (STS) at Cornell University and has held numerous distinguished visiting appointments in the US, Europe, and Japan.

Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and public policy of modern democracies, with a particular focus on the construction of public reason in various cultural contexts.

She is the author of The Fifth Branch: Science Advisers as Policymakers (1990), Science at the Bar: Law, Science and Technology in America (1995), 

Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States (2005), and Science and Public Reason (2012).

Her recent edited/co-edited books include Earthly Politics: Local and Global in Environmental Governance (2004),

States of Knowledge: The Co-production of Science and the Social Order (2004), and Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age (2011)
 
 
Prof. Buhm Soon Park.
Director, Graduate School of Science & Technology Policy    



 

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