Found 4 article(s) for author 'Sheila Jasanoff'

Just transitions: A humble approach to global energy futures

Just transitions: A humble approach to global energy futures. Sheila Jasanoff, November 2, 2017, Paper, “Persistent mismatches between problems, policy framings, and solutions point to unsettled ethical conundrums in the ways that the energy transition is being imagined at the centers of global power. First, development is too often seen as the means to achieve more sustainable futures, even though experience points to complex and uncertain relationships between prosperity and sustainability. Second, while technological change is seen as essential to the transition, less attention is paid to the fact that disparities within societies demand differentiated solutions. Third, there are few principles in place for how to effect an energy transition with due attention to social justice in an unequal world. This article reflects on all three points.Link

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Virtual, Visible, and Actionable: Data assemblages and the sightlines of justice

Virtual, Visible, and Actionable: Data assemblages and the sightlines of justice. Sheila Jasanoff, August 16, 2017, Paper, “This paper explores the politics of representing events in the world in the form of data points, data sets, or data associations. Data collection involves an act of seeing and recording something that was previously hidden and possibly unnamed. The incidences included in a data set are not random or unrelated but stand for coherent, classifiable phenomena in the world. Moreover, for data to have an impact on law and policy, such information must be seen as actionable, that is, the aggregated data must show people both something they can perceive and something that demands interrogation, explanation, or resolution. Actionable data problematize the taken-for-granted order of society by pointing to questions or imbalances that can be corrected or rectified, or simply better understood, through systematic compilations of occurrences, frequencies, distributions, or correlations.Link

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Panacea or diagnosis? Imaginaries of innovation and the ‘MIT model’ in three political cultures

Panacea or diagnosis? Imaginaries of innovation and the ‘MIT model’ in three political cultures. Sheila Jasanoff, June 1, 2017, Paper, “Innovation studies continue to struggle with an apparent disconnect between innovation’s supposedly universal dynamics and a sense that policy frameworks and associated instruments of innovation are often ineffectual or even harmful when transported across regions or countries. Using a cross-country comparative analysis of three implementations of the ‘MIT model’ of innovation in the UK, Portugal and Singapore, we show how key features in the design, implementation and performance of the model cannot be explained as mere variations on an identical solution to the same underlying problem.Link

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Symposium: Science Challenges for Law and Policy: Serviceable Truths: Science for Action in Law and Policy

Symposium: Science Challenges for Law and Policy: Serviceable Truths: Science for Action in Law and Policy. Sheila Jasanoff, June 2015, Paper. “As the articles in this symposium issue attest, the relationship between law and science has begun to attract attention as an autonomous field of study, generating its own bodies of expertise and specialized scholarship. It is less obvious how the perspectives arising from within the community of legal practitioners and thinkers relate to a largely separate, but parallel, body of research and understanding from Science and Technology Studies (STS)…Link

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