prof.dr. PM (Philip) Macnaghten

prof.dr. PM (Philip) Macnaghten

Personal Chair in Technology and International Development

Phil Macnaghten is Professor in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist working at the interface of science and technology studies, public engagement studies, governance of emerging technology, and responsible innovation. Over the last 10 years he has published >30 peer reviewed journal articles and > 40 contributions to edited collections, the clear majority of which are in major international peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary scientific journals or in world top publishers. His articles have appeared in the leading journals of his home disciplines – science and technology studies (Research Policy, Public Understanding of Science, Science and Public Policy) and geography and environmental studies (Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning C; Global Environmental Change, The Geographical Journal).

Phil has a strong track-record in making his work accessible to natural scientists that is reflected through publications in flagship journals aimed at communicating social science governance debates in current scientific issues (publications in Nature, Nature Energy, Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Essays in Biochemistry, Plants People Planet). His work has been highly cited with articles that are shaping the debate on responsible innovation (e.g. with highly cited papers in Research Policy, in Science and Public Policy and in Journal of Responsible Innovation), on public perceptions of geoengineering (in Global Environmental Change) and on fracking (in Public Understanding of Science).

With colleagues Richard Owen and Jack Stilgoe, Phil has been central to the conception, development, diffusion and institutionalisation of the discourse of responsible innovation, both in the UK and internationally, playing formative roles in the development of the UK research council EPSRC framework, in monitoring and evaluating its diffusion across research projects and programmes, and in its development both in Brazil and  mainland Europe.

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Macnaghten, P. en Habets, M.G.J.L. (2020) Breaking the impasse: Towards a forward-looking governance framework for gene editing with plants. Plants, People, Planet

The debate on gene editing requires plant scientists to adhere to the norms of science, such as independence, organised scepticism and disinterestedness. This is stated by the Rathenau Institute in a recent study carried out in collaboration with the Chair of Knowledge, Technology and Innovation at Wageningen University & Research (WUR), and builds on the report "Gene editing in plants and crops".

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