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PhD position: The role of visual framing in the democratic governance of Novel Food Technologies

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November 2, 2018

The Public Administration and Policy Group is looking to fulfill a PhD position 'The role of visual framing in the democratic governance of Novel Food Technologies in Africa, the United States and Europe'.

This PhD project addresses the question: how do visual framings influence (constrain and enhance) democratic governance (including the regulation) of innovative food technologies?

Cultured meat, insect burgers, seaweeds and algae, but also CrispCas9or nano-technology; all are food innovations that are considered promising in a transition to sustainable food production and consumption. These innovations show many characteristics of wicked problems and are both welcomed and contested by all sorts of actors across the world. These actors produce visuals that package (contested) facts, normative messages and emotions. These visuals easily travel across internet platforms (twitter, facebook, Instagram, youtube), and as such across administrative borders. This ocular era, with ‘mediatization’, “ imagination” and “fake news”, poses new challenges for democratic governance.The project will compare three regions (South Africa, Europe and the United States) that have different governance responses to contested food innovations. The project will combine digital methods, qualitative research, comparative analysis and ‘research by design’, in order to critically assess and experiment with democratic arrangements to decide upon these technologies.

For more information and applying click here.