The phrase ‘further research is needed’ is often found in both research articles and in policymaking, where the quest for more ‘evidence’ has become a mantra. But is research really lacking, or can there be other forces behind policymakers’ request for more research?
Climate Change and the Biodiversity Crisis: Science, Policy and Publics
Professor Geoffrey Bowker, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, USA
Course dates: 22 - 26 July 2019
Limitation: 25 participants
Main disciplines: Science and Technology Studies, Climate and Environment, Political Science
Environmentally friendly technologies are an important example of an area where innovations have a high social value, but where markets would be scarce – or even absent – without public interventions. In our article “Can direct regulations spur innovations in environmental technologies? A study on firm-level patenting” we address this timely question and find that such public policies indeed encourage innovation in environmentally friendly technologies.