Conference 2018

The 2018 Melbourne School of Government Conference was held on Thursday 15 February and Friday 16 February 2018.

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Keynote speakers

Professor Sheila Jasanoff
Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, she was founding chair of Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies. At Harvard, she founded and directs the Program on Science, Technology and Society. Jasanoff’s research centers on the interactions of law, science, and politics in democratic societies. She has written more than 120 articles and book chapters and authored or edited more than 15 books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. An edited volume, Dreamscapes of Modernity, was published in 2015. Her newest book, The Ethics of Invention, appeared in 2016.

Jasanoff has held numerous distinguished professorships in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. She was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Karl W. Deutsch Guest Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, the Austrian Government’s Ehrenkreuz, the George Sarton Chair of the University of Ghent, the Bernal award of the Society for Social Studies of Science, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente. She is a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds an AB in Mathematics from Harvard College, a PhD in Linguistics from Harvard University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Keynote presentation: Toward a post-modern constitution: Reason and representation in the 21st Century

Professor Andy Stirling
Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. A Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Science, he is (among many research projects) Co-Director of the STEPS Centre and Director of a University Enterprise on Multicriteria Mapping.

Professor Stirling is an interdisciplinary researcher, policy advisor and teacher on issues concerning democracy and sustainability in science, technology and innovation. With an educational background in astronomy, a Masters in Archaeology and Social Anthropology and a Doctorate in Technology Policy, his research focuses on the ‘directions of progress’. This involves variously studying , knowledge and power, uncertainty, precaution and participation, ‘opening up’ social appraisal and diversity and transformation. He has contributed to 8 books/monographs, 3 edited books, 56 academic book chapters, and 53 refereed articles.

Keynote presentation: Expertise and Democracy: from adversarial crisis to mutualistic renewal