Changing relations between science and democracy - and controversies over issues such as climate change, energy transitions, genetically modified organisms and smart techlogies - have led to a rapid rise in new forms of public participation and citizen engagement. While most existing approaches adopt fixed meanings of 'participation' and are consumed by questions of method or critiquing the possible limits of democratic engagement, this book offers new insights that rethink public engagements with science, invation and environmental issues as diverse, emergent and in the making. Bringing together leading scholars on science and democracy, working between science and techlogy studies, political theory, geography, sociology and anthropology, the volume develops relational and co-productionist approaches to studying and intervening in spaces of participation. New empirical insights into the making, construction, circulation and effects of participation across cultures are illustrated through examples ranging from climate change and energy to natechlogy and mundane techlogies, from institutionalised deliberative processes to citizen-led invation and activism, and from the global rth to global south. This new way of seeing participation in science and democracy opens up alternative paths for reconfiguring and remaking participation in more experimental, reflexive, anticipatory and responsible ways. This ground-breaking book is essential reading for scholars and students of participation across the critical social sciences and beyond, as well as those seeking to build more transformative participatory practices.
Jason Chilvers is Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Research Group in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK Matthew Kearnes is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, Australia