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Four scenarios for nanotechnologies in the UK, 2011-2020

Groves, Christopher Robert 2013. Four scenarios for nanotechnologies in the UK, 2011-2020. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 25 (5) , pp. 507-526. 10.1080/09537325.2013.785510

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The future social value of nanoscale science and technology (NST) has been repeatedly represented as revolutionary. However, government and industry support for the commercialisation of NST has to confront four key areas of uncertainty: concerning potential hazards associated with applications, commercial viability, public acceptance and evolving regulation. Academic and policy responses have to date largely emphasised the need for adaptive and anticipatory regulation, yet research which evaluates the prospects of success in implementing such measures has so far been lacking. This paper contributes to remedying this lack by examining difficulties and opportunities which may arise around this regulatory agenda in the UK, with the aid of a ‘policy Delphi’ exercise undertaken with a multi-stakeholder panel. It summarises four scenarios to aid policy-makers and technology strategists in the UK and internationally in thinking through how the future of NST innovation may be affected by factors associated with the aforementioned areas of uncertainty.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive regulation, anticipatory regulation, Delphi, future scenarios, nanotechnology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0953-7325
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2017 09:30

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