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Nano futures: Exploring risk, promise and hope of emergent technology

Bridging the disciplines of physics, chemistry, material sciences, and engineering, biotechnology, and medicine, nanotechnology is an emerging movement of innovation, spanning geographical and other boundaries in terms of sites, actors and issues. Nanotechnology envisions many innovative, even revolutionary, solutions to complex global problems such as health, climate and the use of energy. At the same time, risk to the environment and to human health is to a great extent surrounded by uncertainty. The project aims to explore nanotechnology as an emergent policy-driven techno-scientific movement of innovation. It will investigate how various actors frame “nano futures” in terms of risk, hope, benefit and promise and how they reflect upon ethical aspects and the social benefits of knowledge.

The project is based at Gothenburg University, School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI), webb http://gri.handels.gu.se.

GRI is an institute for interdisciplinary research the School of Business, Economics and Law. Here researchers can work in a programme format on projects that are highly relevant to current business developments and contemporary society.

Funding: The Swedish Research Council
Project period: 2015-2018

Project leader
Professor Åsa Boholm

Members
Researcher: Mikael Johansson
Associate Professor Monica Lindh de Montoya
PhD student: Max Boholm

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