Experiments in engagement

Designing public engagement with science and technology for capacity building

Cynthia Selin, Kelly Campbell Rawlings, Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, Jathan Sadowski, Carlo Altamirano Allende, Gretchen Gano, Sarah R. Davies, David Guston

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Abstract

Public engagement with science and technology is now widely used in science policy and communication. Touted as a means of enhancing democratic discussion of science and technology, analysis of public engagement with science and technology has shown that it is often weakly tied to scientific governance. In this article, we suggest that the notion of capacity building might be a way of reframing the democratic potential of public engagement with science and technology activities. Drawing on literatures from public policy and administration, we outline how public engagement with science and technology might build citizen capacity, before using the notion of capacity building to develop five principles for the design of public engagement with science and technology. We demonstrate the use of these principles through a discussion of the development and realization of the pilot for a large-scale public engagement with science and technology activity, the Futurescape City Tours, which was carried out in Arizona in 2012.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)634-649
Number of pages16
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

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Keywords

  • capacity building
  • material deliberation
  • public engagement with science and technology

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  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Experiments in engagement : Designing public engagement with science and technology for capacity building. / Selin, Cynthia; Rawlings, Kelly Campbell; de Ridder-Vignone, Kathryn; Sadowski, Jathan; Altamirano Allende, Carlo; Gano, Gretchen; Davies, Sarah R.; Guston, David.

In: Public Understanding of Science, Vol. 26, No. 6, 01.08.2017, p. 634-649.

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Selin, C, Rawlings, KC, de Ridder-Vignone, K, Sadowski, J, Altamirano Allende, C, Gano, G, Davies, SR & Guston, D 2017, 'Experiments in engagement: Designing public engagement with science and technology for capacity building', Public Understanding of Science, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 634-649. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662515620970
Selin, Cynthia ; Rawlings, Kelly Campbell ; de Ridder-Vignone, Kathryn ; Sadowski, Jathan ; Altamirano Allende, Carlo ; Gano, Gretchen ; Davies, Sarah R. ; Guston, David. / Experiments in engagement : Designing public engagement with science and technology for capacity building. In: Public Understanding of Science. 2017 ; Vol. 26, No. 6. pp. 634-649.
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