Crossing boundaries: Social science in the policy room

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This article discusses the relationship between a deconstructivist method in science and technology studies (STS) and the more recent moves towards a reconstructivist engagement with science and science policy making. Drawing on examples from the author's own research, the article identifies three forms of engagement and their relative utility and limitations. The article argues that these are typical of STS work that seeks direct engagement with science policy making and which could form the basis for a more "serviceable STS" that retains its critical and independent perspective on science. The paper concludes by arguing that the analysis has important implications for the ways in which STS expertise can articulate with science policy making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-478
Number of pages21
JournalScience, Technology and Human Values
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • boundary
  • STS engagement
  • expertise
  • science policy
  • 3RD WAVE
  • RISK

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