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Ozone and climate governance: an implausible path dependence (2018)
Journal Article
Grundmann, R. (2018). Ozone and climate governance: an implausible path dependence. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 350(7), 435-441. doi:10.1016/j.crte.2018.07.008

Many observers and commentators have used the case of ozone science and politics as a role model for climate science and politics. Two crucial assumptions underpin this view: (1) that science drives policymaking, and (2) that a unified, international... Read More

Where did the marginal land go?: farmers perspectives on marginal land and its implications for adoption of dedicated energy crops (2018)
Journal Article
Helliwell, R. (2018). Where did the marginal land go?: farmers perspectives on marginal land and its implications for adoption of dedicated energy crops. Energy Policy, 117, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.03.011

Dedicated energy crops such as miscanthus and short rotation coppice willow were expected by UK policy and academic modelling to be deployed across large swaths of UK marginal lands in response to farm and market level incentives, delivering on bioen... Read More

Why are NGOs sceptical of genome editing? (2017)
Journal Article
Helliwell, R., Hartley, S., Pearce, W., & O'Neill, L. (2017). Why are NGOs sceptical of genome editing?. EMBO Reports, 18(12), doi:10.15252/embr.201744385

NGOs’ opposition to agricultural biotechnologies is rooted in scepticism about the framing of problems and solutions, rather than just emotion and dogma.

Responsibility and laboratory animal research governance (2017)
Journal Article
McLeod, C., & Hartley, S. (in press). Responsibility and laboratory animal research governance. Science, Technology, and Human Values, doi:10.1177/0162243917727866

The use of animals in experiments and research remains highly contentious. Laboratory animal research governance provides guidance and regulatory frameworks to oversee the use and welfare of laboratory animals and relies heavily on the replacement, r... Read More

Imagining renewable energy: towards a Social Energy Systems approach to community renewable energy projects in the Global South (2017)
Journal Article
Cloke, J., Mohr, A., & Brown, E. (2017). Imagining renewable energy: towards a Social Energy Systems approach to community renewable energy projects in the Global South. Energy Research and Social Science, 31, doi:10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.023

Rural community energy projects in the Global South have too frequently been framed within a top-down technologically-driven framework that limits their ability to provide sustainable solutions to energy poverty and improving livelihoods. This framin... Read More

Who or what has agency in the discussion of antimicrobial resistance in UK news media (2010-2015)?: a transitivity analysis (2017)
Journal Article
Collins, L. C., Jaspal, R., & Nerlich, B. (in press). Who or what has agency in the discussion of antimicrobial resistance in UK news media (2010-2015)?: a transitivity analysis. Health, doi:10.1177/1363459317715777

The increase of infections resistant to existing antimicrobial medicines has become a topic of concern for health professionals, policy makers and publics across the globe, however among the public there is a sense that this is an issue beyond their... Read More

Working with bacteria and putting bacteria to work: The biopolitics of synthetic biology for energy in the United Kingdom (2017)
Journal Article
McLeod, C., Nerlich, B., & Mohr, A. (in press). Working with bacteria and putting bacteria to work: The biopolitics of synthetic biology for energy in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, doi:10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.017. ISSN 2214-6296

The UK government has made significant investment into so called ‘fourth-generation’ biofuel technologies. These biofuels are based on engineering the metabolic pathways of bacteria in order to create products compatible with existing infrastructure.... Read More

Practicing stewardship: EU biofuels policy and certification in the UK and Guatemala (2016)
Journal Article
Helliwell, R., & Tomei, J. (2017). Practicing stewardship: EU biofuels policy and certification in the UK and Guatemala. Agriculture and Human Values, 34(2), doi:10.1007/s10460-016-9737-9

Biofuels have transitioned from a technology expected to deliver numerous benefits to a highly contested socio-technical solution. Initial hopes about their potential to mitigate climate change and to deliver energy security benefits and rural develo... Read More

How should land be used?: bioenergy and responsible innovation in agricultural systems (2016)
Book Chapter
Mohr, A., Shortall, O., Helliwell, R., & Raman, S. (2016). How should land be used?: bioenergy and responsible innovation in agricultural systems. In G. Squire, I. Gordon, & H. Prins (Eds.), Food Production and Nature Conservation: Conflicts and SolutionsEarthscan (Routledge)

Bioenergy has been proposed as both a problem and a solution for land use conflicts arising at the nexus between food security and environmental conservation. But such assessments need to be considered in light of differences in the way people value... Read More

Framing risk and uncertainty in social science articles on climate change, 1995–2012 (2016)
Book Chapter
Shaw, C., Hellsten, I., & Nerlich, B. (2016). Framing risk and uncertainty in social science articles on climate change, 1995–2012. In C. N. Candlin, J. Crichton, & A. S. Firkins (Eds.), Communicating riskPalgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137478788_13

The issue of climate change is intimately linked to notions of risk and uncertainty, concepts that pose challenges to climate science, climate change communication, and science-society interactions. While a large majority of climate scientists are in... Read More

Food versus fuel? Going beyond biofuels (2015)
Journal Article
Tomei, J., & Helliwell, R. (2016). Food versus fuel? Going beyond biofuels. Land Use Policy, 56, doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2015.11.015

In less than a decade, biofuels transitioned from being a socially and politically acceptable alternative to conventional transport fuels to a deeply contested solution. Claims of land grabs, forest loss and food riots emerged to undermine the sustai... Read More

Integrating social and value dimensions into sustainability assessment of lignocellulosic biofuels (2015)
Journal Article
Raman, S., Mohr, A., Helliwell, R., Ribeiro, B., Shortall, O., Smith, R., & Millar, K. (2015). Integrating social and value dimensions into sustainability assessment of lignocellulosic biofuels. Biomass and Bioenergy, 82, doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.04.022

The paper clarifies the social and value dimensions for integrated sustainability assessments of lignocellulosic biofuels. We develop a responsible innovation approach, looking at technology impacts and implementation challenges, assumptions and valu... Read More

Communicating climate change: conduits, content, and consensus (2015)
Journal Article
Pearce, W., Brown, B., Nerlich, B., & Koteyko, N. (2015). Communicating climate change: conduits, content, and consensus. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 6(6), doi:10.1002/wcc.366

Climate change has been the subject of increasing efforts by scientists to understand its causes and implications; it has been of growing interest to policymakers, international bodies, and a variety of nongovernment organizations; and it has attract... Read More

How certain is ‘certain’?: exploring how the English-language media reported the use of calibrated language in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (2015)
Journal Article
Collins, L. C., & Nerlich, B. (in press). How certain is ‘certain’?: exploring how the English-language media reported the use of calibrated language in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report. Public Understanding of Science, 25(6), doi:10.1177/0963662515579626

This article presents findings from an analysis of English-language media reports following the publication of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report in September 2013. Focusing on the way they reported the Intergovernm... Read More

Report on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Workshop (2015)
Book
Hadley Kershaw, E., Hartley, S., & Pearce, W. (2015). Report on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Workshop. University of Nottingham

The potential for an ongoing interdisciplinary conversation about RRI at the University of Nottingham (UoN) was identified during a research project conducted in summer 2014 to investigate how RRI is being interpreted within UoN (Pearce et al., 2014)... Read More

Challenge clusters facing LCA in environmental decision-making—what we can learn from biofuels (2015)
Journal Article
McManus, M., Taylor, C., Mohr, A., Whittaker, C., Scown, C. D., Li Borrion, A., …Yin, Y. (2015). Challenge clusters facing LCA in environmental decision-making—what we can learn from biofuels. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 20(10), doi:10.1007/s11367-015-0930-7

Purpose Bioenergy is increasingly used to help meet greenhouse gas (GHG) and renewable energy targets. However, bioenergy’s sustainability has been questioned, resulting in increasing use of life cycle assessment (LCA). Bioenergy systems are global a... Read More

Fracking on YouTube: exploring risks, benefits and human values (2014)
Journal Article
Jaspal, R., Turner, A., & Nerlich, B. (2014). Fracking on YouTube: exploring risks, benefits and human values. Environmental Values, 23(5), doi:10.3197/096327114X13947900181473

Shale gas is a novel source of fossil fuel which is extracted by induced hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” This article examines the the socio-political dimension of fracking as manifested in the UK press at three key temporal points in the debate... Read More

Constructing a social subject: autism and human sociality in the 1980s (2014)
Journal Article
Hollin, G. (2014). Constructing a social subject: autism and human sociality in the 1980s. History of the Human Sciences, 27(4), doi:10.1177/0952695114528189

This article examines three key aetiological theories of autism (meta-representations, executive dysfunction and weak central coherence), which emerged within cognitive psychology in the latter half of the 1980s. Drawing upon Foucault’s notion of ‘fo... Read More

Responsible Research and Innovation: responding to the new research agenda (2014)
Book
Pearce, W., Hartley, S., & Taylor, A. (2014). Responsible Research and Innovation: responding to the new research agenda. University of Nottingham

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is concerned with the nature and trajectory of research and innovation: what it can do for society and who gets to decide. RRI has been embedded in key funding institutions such as EPSRC (Engineering and Phys... Read More