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Science and Technology Governance and Ethics

A Global Perspective from Europe, India and China

  • Offers a unique collaboration gathering European, Chinese and Indian policy advisors and academics to conceptualize common policy in global ethics

  • Presents a trail-blazing integrative approach to comparative ethics, from values systems to policy making

  • Includes case studies in key technologies: nanotechnology, synthetic biology and new food technologies

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Embedding Ethics in Science and Technology Policy—A Global Perspective

    • Miltos Ladikas, Sachin Chaturvedi, Yandong Zhao, Dirk Stemerding
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. Institutionalizing Ethical Debates in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: A Comparison of Europe, India and China

    • Frans W. A. Brom, Sachin Chaturvedi, Miltos Ladikas, Wenxia Zhang
    Pages 9-23Open Access
  4. Public Perceptions of Science and Technology in Europe, China and India

    • Virgil Rerimassie, Ma Ying, Krishna Ravi Srinivas, Miltos Ladikas
    Pages 25-37Open Access
  5. Public Engagement in the Governance of Science and Technology

    • Yandong Zhao, Camilo Fautz, Leonhard Hennen, Krishna Ravi Srinivas, Qiang Li
    Pages 39-51Open Access
  6. Science and Technology Governance and European Values

    • Doris Schroeder, Virgil Rerimassie
    Pages 53-71Open Access
  7. The Values Demonstrated in the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China

    • Ying Ma, Yandong Zhao, Miao Liao
    Pages 73-81Open Access
  8. A Comparative Framework for Studying Global Ethics in Science and Technology

    • Dirk Stemerding, Virgil Rerimassie, Rinie van Est, Yandong Zhao, Sachin Chaturvedi, Miltos Ladikas et al.
    Pages 99-110Open Access
  9. New Food Technologies in Europe, India and China

    • David Coles, Sachin Chaturvedi, Qiang Li, Miltos Ladikas
    Pages 111-124Open Access
  10. Discourses on Nanotechnology in Europe, China and India

    • Camilo Fautz, Torsten Fleischer, Ying Ma, Miao Liao, Amit Kumar
    Pages 125-143Open Access
  11. Discourses on Synthetic Biology in Europe, India and China

    • Virgil Rerimassie, Dirk Stemerding, Wenxia Zhang, Krishna Ravi Srinivas
    Pages 145-163Open Access
  12. Conclusions: Incorporating Ethics into Science and Technology Policy

    • Sachin Chaturvedi, Yandong Zhao, Miltos Ladikas, Dirk Stemerding
    Pages 165-173Open Access

About this book

This book analyzes the possibilities for effective global governance of science in Europe, India and China. Authors from the three regions join forces to explore how ethical concerns over new technologies can be incorporated into global science and technology policies. The first chapter introduces the topic, offering a global perspective on embedding ethics in science and technology policy. Chapter Two compares the institutionalization of ethical debates in science, technology and innovation policy in three important regions: Europe, India and China. The third chapter explores public perceptions of science and technology in these same three regions. Chapter Four discusses public engagement in the governance of science and technology, and Chapter Five reviews science and technology governance and European values. The sixth chapter describes and analyzes values demonstrated in the constitution of the People’s Republic of China. Chapter Seven describes emerging evidence from India on the uses of science and technology for socio-economic development, and the quest for inclusive growth. In Chapter Eight, the authors propose a comparative framework for studying global ethics in science and technology. The following three chapters offer case studies and analysis of three emerging industries in India, China and Europe: new food technologies, nanotechnology and synthetic biology. Chapter 12 gathers all these threads for a comprehensive discussion on incorporating ethics into science and technology policy. The analysis is undertaken against the backdrop of different value systems and varying levels of public perception of risks and benefits. The book introduces a common analytical framework for the comparative discussion of ethics at the international level. The authors offer policy recommendations for effective collaboration among the three regions, to promote responsible governance in science and technology and a common analytical perspective in ethics.


  • Ethics
  • Public engagement
  • Public perceptions
  • Responsible governance
  • Science and technology policy

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Professional Ethics University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom

    Miltos Ladikas

  • RIS, New Delhi, India

    Sachin Chaturvedi

  • Inst. Science, Technology and Society CASTED, Beijing, China

    Yandong Zhao

  • Technology Assessment, Rathenau Institute, The Hague, The Netherlands

    Dirk Stemerding

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Science and Technology Governance and Ethics

  • Book Subtitle: A Global Perspective from Europe, India and China

  • Editors: Miltos Ladikas, Sachin Chaturvedi, Yandong Zhao, Dirk Stemerding

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Economics, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-14692-8Published: 06 February 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36162-8Published: 06 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-14693-5Published: 26 January 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 173

  • Number of Illustrations: 15 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Economic Development, Innovation and Growth, Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics, Food Science, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)