Institute Director Steve Rayner serves as Editor of the Science in Society Series from Earthscan.
The series aims to publish new high quality research, teaching, practical and policy-related books on topics that address the complex and vitally important interface between science and society.
Recent titles in the series include:
- Unnatural Selection: The Challenges of Engineering Tomorrow's People
Edited by Peter Healey and Steve Rayner
- Business Planning for Turbulent Times: New Methods for Applying Scenarios
Edited by Rafael Ramirez, John W. Selsky and Kees van der Heijden
Forthcoming books in the series include:
- Marginalized Reproduction: Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies
- Resolving Messy Policy Problems: Handling Conflict in Environmental, Transport, Health and Ageing Policy
- The Limits to Scarcity: Contestations and Constructions
- Debating Climate Change: Pathways through Argument to Agreement
Other books by the department:
- Markusson N. (2009) The organisation of cleaner innovation: Integrating environmental concerns into process technology investment projects. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag
- Rayner, S., Redgwell C., Savulescu, J., Pidgeon, N. and Kruger, T. (2009) Memorandum on draft principles for the conduct of geoengineering research. House of Commons Science and Technology Committee enquiry into The Regulation of Geoengineering.
- How to Get Climate Policy Back on Course (pdf)
- Beyond the Financial Crisis (pdf)
- Winskel, M., Markusson, N. et al. (2009) Accelerated development of low-carbon energy supply technologies. UKERC Energy 2050 Research Report No. 2, UK Energy Research Centre.
- Markusson N., Monsen, K. and Russell, S. (2009) Heat pumps in Norway. Report from the Intelligent Energy Europe project Promotion of efficient heat pumps for heating, Edinburgh University.
- ‘Front-staging non-humans: publicity as a constraint on the politics of things,’ The Stuff of Politics, Bruce Braun and Sarah Whatmore (eds.), Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.
- McGill, A., (2009) Food Security: Global, Urban and Individual Perspectives. Global Issues in Food Science and Technology Chapter 1.4. Academic Press
- McGoey, L. 2009 'Commentary: Compounding Risks to Patients: Selective Disclosure is Not an Option,' American Journal of Bioethics 9(8): 35-36.
- Wilkinson, A. (2009) Scenarios Practices: In search of theory. A response to the Graham Molitor’s Scenarios: Are they worth the Effort? (pdf) Journal of Futures Studies
- Sarasvathan, S., Dew, N. and Ventresca, M.J. (2009) Unpacking Entrepreneurship as Collective Activity: Opportunities, Activity, and Context, in Advances in Entrepreneurship Theory and Research, 11, 261 - 281, doi: 10.1108/S1074-7540(2009)0000011011
- McGoey, L. (2009) "Pharmaceutical Controversies and the Performative Value of Uncertainty" Science as Culture 18(2): 151-164
- McGoey, L. (2009) “Sequestered Evidence and the Distortion of Clinical Practice Guidelines.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 52(2):203-17.
- Kendall, T., McGoey, L. and Jackson, E., (2009) "If NICE was in the USA," Lancet, (Early Online Publication: 24 April 2009, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60781-9)
- Saavedra, S., Reed-Tsochas, F., and Uzzi, B., (2009) "A simple model of bipartite cooperation for ecological and organizational networks", Nature 457, 463-466. (Advance Online Publication: 3rd December 2008, doi:10.1038/nature07532) [Download Network Generator Programme]
- Marres, N. ‘Testing powers of engagement: Green living experiments, the ontological turn and the undoability of involvement,’ in: ‘What is the empirical?’, special issue edited by Lisa Adkins and Celia Lury, European Journal of Social Theory (12) 1 (2009): 117-133.
- McGoey, L. and Jackson, E. (2009) “Seroxat and the suppression of trial data: Regulatory failure and the uses of legal ambiguity.” Journal of Medical Ethics 36 (2): 107-112.
- McGoey, L. (in press, 2009) “Sequestered evidence and the distortion of clinical guidelines.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine.
- McGoey, L. (in press, 2009) “Resistance Scripts: the authority of method within regimes of evidence” In Creating Authority, edited by Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett. Routledge, 2008.
- J.-P. Onnela, N. F. Johnson, S. Gourley, G. Reinert, and M. Spagat, Sampling bias due to structural heterogeneity and limited internal diffusion, submitted to Europhysics Letters 85, 28001 (2009).
- Davis, T. and Schneider, T. (forthcoming) ‘Advertising food in Australia. Between antinomies and gastro-anomy’. Consumption, Markets & Culture (Special issue on: Mirrored Histories: Consumption and Work in the Asia Pacific).
- Logue, Danielle (2009) 'Moving policy forward: 'brain drain' as a wicked problem', Globalisation, Societies and Education, 7:1,41 — 50
- Pielke Jr, R., (2009) " An idealized assessment of the economics of air capture of carbon dioxide in mitigation policy Environmental Science & Policy (doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2009.01.002) [Download PDF]
- McGill, A. E. J., (2009) "The potential effects of demands for natural and safe foods on global food security" Trends in Food Science & Technology. (doi:10.1016/j.tifs.2009.01.051) (Download PDF)
- July 2009 - Relating scenarios and strategy: using the future as a safe space to consider the present (pdf). Rafael Ramirez and Angela Wilkinson. Risk Capital Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 1 July 2009.
- S. Saavedra, J. Smart, F. Reed-Tsochas, B. Uzzi (2008) "Transmission of errors in production networks"
- M. A. Porter, J-P. Onnela, P. J. Mucha, (2009) "Communities in Networks" [pdf]
- D. M. D. Smith, J.-P. Onnela, and N. Jones (2008) "Master-equation analysis of accelerating networks" [pdf]
- J.-P. Onnela, N. F. Johnson, S. Gourley, G. Reinert, and M. Spagat (2008) "Sampling bias in systems with structural heterogeneity and limited internal diffusion" [pdf]
- D.M.D. Smith, J.-P. Onnela, C.F. Lee, M.D. Fricker, and N.F. Johnson. (2008) "Network automata and the functional dynamic network framework." [pdf]
- N.F. Johnson, M. Spagat, S. Gourley, J.-P. Onnela, G. Reinert (2008) "Bias in epidemiological studies of conflict mortality" [pdf]
- Reed-Tsochas, F. (2009) On My Mind: Felix Reed-Tsochas on Network Dynamics in a Shrinking World. Seed Magazine, Feb 2009
- People tend to study those networks that grow, not those that shrink. When shrinking networks are researched, what is discovered is extraordinarily strange.
- Healey, P. (2009) Science policy needs social focus, Commission told. Research Europe, 9 April 2009
- European policy has historically been slanted toward economic goals. "The Framework programme started off with only an economic justification in mind," Healey said. "But from a pure economics perspective there's an argument for starting the other way round-with the social agenda."
- Pielke Jr. R., (2009) UK's CO2 plan 'certain to fail', BBC News, 11 Feb 2009
- The UK's plans to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 are fundamentally flawed and almost certain to fail, according to science policy expert and Institute associate fellow Roger Pielke Jr. Pielke said the UK government had underestimated the magnitude of the task to curb greenhouse gas emissions. He added that it would be more effective to "decarbonise" economic growth rather than focus on targets. (full article at the BBC)
- Causal Texture Theories of Turbulence and the Growth and Role of Scenario Practices (pdf) by Rafael Ramirez, John Selsky and Kees van der Heijden. Presented at EURAM 2009, Liverpool, UK, May 2009
Abstract: We relate the causal textures theory of organisational environments – in particular the ‘turbulent’ texture – to scenario practices. This affords a contingency perspective regarding when it is advisable to use scenarios. This perspective offers a first explanation as to why scenario use rose dramatically after 9/11, and comprises the first scholarly understanding of how scenarios help to address turbulent conditions. The paper is derived from a two-day event we designed, hosted, ran and documented in 2005, which sought to relate rigorous academic thinking to the reflective practices of scenario workers. This material is now available in the public domain via www.oxfordfuturesforum.org.uk and in the book that resulted, Business Planning for Turbulent Times (2008).