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The Earthscan Science in Society Series

Series Editor: Professor Steve Rayner, University of Oxford

The Earthscan Science in Society Series aims to publish new high quality research, teaching, practical and policy- related books on topics that address the complex and vitally important interface between science and society.

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11-20 of 20 results in The Earthscan Science in Society Series
  1. The Limits to Scarcity

    Contesting the Politics of Allocation

    Edited by Lyla Mehta

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    Scarcity is considered a ubiquitous feature of the human condition. It underpins much of modern economics and is widely used as an explanation for social organisation, social conflict and the resource crunch confronting humanity's survival on the planet. It is made out to be an all-pervasive fact...

    Published December 7th 2010 by Routledge

  2. Uncertainty in Policy Making

    Values and Evidence in Complex Decisions

    By Michael Heazle

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    Uncertainty in Policy Making explores how uncertainty is interpreted and used by policy makers, experts and politicians. It argues that conventional notions of rational, evidence-based policy making - hailed by governments and organisations across the world as the only way to make good policy - is...

    Published September 17th 2010 by Routledge

  3. Animals as Biotechnology

    Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies

    By Richard Twine

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    In Animals as Biotechnology sociologist Richard Twine places the question of human/animal relations at the heart of sustainability and climate change debates. The book is shaped by the emergence of two contradictory trends within our approach to nonhuman animals: the biotechnological turn in...

    Published August 25th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Influenza and Public Health

    Learning from Past Pandemics

    Edited by Tamara Giles-Vernick, Susan Craddock, Jennifer Gunn

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    Major influenza pandemics pose a constant threat. As evidenced by recent H5N1 avian flu and novel H1N1, influenza outbreaks can come in close succession, yet differ in their transmission and impact. With accelerated levels of commercial and population mobility, new forms of flu virus can also...

    Published August 25th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Business Planning for Turbulent Times

    New Methods for Applying Scenarios, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Rafael Ramirez, John W. Selsky, Kees van der Heijden

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    The world is increasingly turbulent and complex, awash with disruptions, tipping points and knock-on effects exemplified by the implosion of financial markets and economies around the globe. This book is for business and organizational leaders who want and need to think through how best to deal...

    Published April 2nd 2010 by Routledge

  6. Debating Climate Change

    Pathways through Argument to Agreement

    By Elizabeth L. Malone

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    As greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and contentious voices fill the air, the question gains urgency: How can people with widely varying viewpoints agree to address climate change? Each participant in the debate seems to have a different agenda, from protecting economic growth in...

    Published October 23rd 2009 by Routledge

  7. Nanotechnology

    Risk, Ethics and Law

    Edited by Geoffrey Hunt, Michael Mehta

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    Nanotechnology - technology at the molecular level - is held out by many as the Holy Grail for creating a trillion dollar economy and solving problems from curing cancer to reprocessing waste into products and building superfast computers. Yet, as with GMOs, many view nanotech as a high risk genie...

    Published May 1st 2008 by Routledge

  8. Genomics and Society

    Legal, Ethical and Social Dimensions

    By Martin W. Bauer

    Edited by George Gaskell

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    From the mid 1990s to the present day, agricultural biotechnology - GM crops and foods - has been the focus of debate and conflict in many European countries. Contrasting views of risks and benefits, trust in science and regulation, the understanding of science, media coverage and mobilization of...

    Published October 4th 2007 by Routledge

  9. Democratizing Technology

    Risk, Responsibility and the Regulation of Chemicals

    By Anne Chapman

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    Democratizing Technology provides a much-needed fresh perspective on the regulation of chemicals, and an important contribution to green thinking about technology.Caroline Lucas, Green Party MEP. This book is an excellent critique of the current risk-based approach to technology. By exploring the...

    Published September 25th 2007 by Routledge

  10. Vaccine Anxieties

    Global Science, Child Health and Society

    By Melissa Leach, James Fairhead

    Series: The Earthscan Science in Society Series

    This book explores how parents understand and engage with childhood vaccination in contrasting global contexts. This rapidly advancing and universal technology has sparked dramatic controversy, whether over MMR in the UK or oral polio vaccines in Nigeria. Combining a fresh anthropological...

    Published September 12th 2007 by Routledge