While innovation talk is often driven by technological optimism, not every new technology leads to positive social change. In fact, technological modernization can further deepen social inequalities and researchers are increasingly trying to define desirable innovations with qualifications such as 'grassroots innovations', 'inclusive innovations', 'responsible innovations', 'sustainable innovations' and 'frugal innovations'. This diversity of concepts can lead to further confusion about what makes an innovation socially just.
Your thesis will start with theoretical engagement with the literature in innovation studies and political theory. In a second step, you will apply these issues to a case study of your choice. The choice of a case study can be facilitated by the supervisor (e.g. on conservation in Brazil or on gene technologies in the Netherlands) or negotiated in the process.
|Country||the Netherlands or abroad|