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Technology Assessment in a Globalized World

Facing the Challenges of Transnational Technology Governance

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  • Explores the relevance of technology assessment on a global level

  • Presents case studies on technology assessment in various STI fields

  • Discusses the challenges involved in global technology governance

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: Technology Assessment Beyond National Boundaries

    • Leonhard Hennen, Walter Peissl, Julia Hahn, Miltos Ladikas, Rinie van Est, Ralf Lindner
    Pages 1-14Open Access
  3. Technology Assessment in a Globalized World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 15-15
    2. Tracing Technology Assessment Internationally—TA Activities in 12 Countries Across the Globe

      • Julia Hahn, Nils B. Heyen, Ralf Lindner
      Pages 17-29Open Access
    3. Technology Assessment in a Multilateral Science, Technology and Innovation System

      • Miltos Ladikas, Andreas Stamm
      Pages 31-50Open Access
  4. Challenges for Global TA

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 51-51
    2. Globalisation as Reflexive Modernisation—Implications for S&T Governance

      • Leonhard Hennen, Rinie van Est
      Pages 53-73Open Access
  5. Global Challenges and TA

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 125-125
    2. Artificial Intelligence—A New Knowledge and Decision-Making Paradigm?

      • Lei Huang, Walter Peissl
      Pages 175-201Open Access
    3. Global Systems Resilience and Pandemic Disease—A Challenge for S&T Governance

      • Marko Monteiro, Florian Roth, Clare Shelley-Egan
      Pages 203-221Open Access
  6. Outlook

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 223-223
    2. The Shape of Global Technology Assessment

      • Miltos Ladikas, Julia Hahn, Leonhard Hennen, Rinie van Est, Walter Peissl, Ralf Lindner
      Pages 225-235Open Access
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 237-271

About this book

This open access book explores the relevance of the concept of technology assessment (TA) on an international and global level. Technologies play a key role in addressing global challenges such as climate change, population aging, digitization, and health. At the same time, their use increases the need for coordinated action and governance at the global level in the field of science, technology and innovation (STI). 

Featuring case studies on STI fields such as energy, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and health technology, as well as TA activities at the national and international levels, this book reflects on the challenges and opportunities of global technology governance. It also provides an in-depth discussion of current governmental STI cultures and systems, societal expectations, and the policy priorities needed to achieve coordinated and effective STI intervention in policymaking and public debate at the global level. Lastly, the book promotes the establishment of a forum for a truly global dialogue of TA practitioners, fostering the articulation of their needs, knowledge and perspectives.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Leonhard Hennen, Julia Hahn, Miltos Ladikas

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Ralf Lindner

  • Institute of Technology Assessment, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria

    Walter Peissl

  • Rathenau Instituut, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Rinie van Est

About the editors

Leonhard Hennen, PhD. in Sociology, is a former project manager at the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Parliament, and he was senior researcher at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Since 2006 up to his retirement in 2021 he had been coordinator of the European Technology Assessment Group, which carries out TA studies on behalf of the European Parliament. His research interests: include concepts of TA, Participation in S&T policy making, responsible research and innovation.

Julia Hahn has been a researcher at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany since 2011, working on participatory methods and Responsible Research and Innovation. Developing a global framework for the assessment of impacts of (new) technologies is a further focus for her.

Miltos Ladikas is senior researcher at ITAS, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD in social psychology and has coordinated a number of international projects in the areas of science, technology and innovation policy, and technology assessment. His work focuses on global aspects of technology assessment, responsible innovation, ethics in science and technology policy, and science diplomacy.

Ralf Lindner is head of the Department Policy & Society and Coordinator for Technology Assessment and Governance at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe, Germany. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Augsburg. His research interests include responsible governance approaches for emerging technologies and transformative change.

Walter Peissl holds a PhD in social and economic sciences and is a long-term technology assessment expert. The focus of his work is in the field of the information society, digitalization, the protection of privacy and on methodological issues of technology assessment. He has been deputy director of the Institute of Technology Assessment ITA in Vienna (Austria) since 1990.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Technology Assessment in a Globalized World

  • Book Subtitle: Facing the Challenges of Transnational Technology Governance

  • Editors: Leonhard Hennen, Julia Hahn, Miltos Ladikas, Ralf Lindner, Walter Peissl, Rinie van Est

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-10617-0

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-10616-3Published: 08 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-10619-4Published: 08 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-10617-0Published: 06 January 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIII, 271

  • Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Governance and Government, Sociology, general, Globalization

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Hardcover Book USD 59.99
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  • Durable hardcover edition
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