Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 715–721

Engagement Agents in the Making: On the Front Lines of Socio-Technical Integration

Commentary on: “Constructing Productive Engagement: Pre-engagement Tools for Emerging Technologies”
Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-011-9323-x

Cite this article as:
Conley, S.N. Sci Eng Ethics (2011) 17: 715. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9323-x


This commentary builds on Haico te Kulve and Arie Rip’s (2011) notion of “engagement agents,” individuals that must be able to move between multiple dimensions, or “levels” of research, innovation, and policy processes. The commentary compares and contrasts the role of the engagement agent within the Constructive Technology Assessment and integration approaches, and suggests that on-site integration research represents one way to transform both social and natural scientists into competent and informed “engagement agents,” a new generation of researchers that possess the knowledge and capacities to forge “novel linkages” between the oftentimes disparate terrains of science, politics, and policy.


EngagementIntegrationGeneticsConstructive technology assessment

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Nanotechnology in SocietyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA