Editorial: Technology assessment for addressing grand societal challenges

Kuk, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-1288-3635, Faik, I. and Janssen, M., 2022. Editorial: Technology assessment for addressing grand societal challenges. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. ISSN 0018-9391 (Forthcoming)

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Emerging technologies are both a cause of many grand societal challenges (GSCs) facing twenty-first-century societies and an integral part of some of their most promising solutions. As an element of the GSCs, technology becomes intertwined with several interrelated issues that constitute the GSCs. This calls for approaches to Technology Assessment (TA) that account for the paradoxical role of technology in the GSCs, and the imperative and complexity of pointing technological innovation toward addressing the GSCs. In this introduction to the special issue, we identify three major streams in TA research and practice, namely TA as a policy instrument, a deliberation process, and an issue field. These streams highlight tensions between relying on experts and on the inclusion of various stakeholders in TA processes, and between a TA framing around the technology and framing around critical issues, such as those constituting the GSCs. We discuss the advantages and challenges of each stream. We also outline and discuss key principles for conducting TA in the context of GSCs. We end by introducing the four papers that constitute this special issue.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Creators: Kuk, G., Faik, I. and Janssen, M.
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Date: 24 December 2022
ISSN: 0018-9391
Rights: © 2022 IEEE. Personal use is permitted, but republication/redistribution requires IEEE permission. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 31 Jan 2023 12:00
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 12:00
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/48124

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