New book ‘Remaking Participation’ out now

Remaking participation cover3S Chair Jason Chilvers’ new book Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics is published this week by Routledge.

The volume, co-edited with Dr Matthew Kearnes (School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, Australia), develops ambitious new theoretical perspectives on public participation with science, technology and the environment and offers important practical lessons for transforming democratic engagement.

Bringing together leading scholars on science and democracy – working between science and technology studies, political theory, geography, sociology and anthropology – the book develops relational and co-productionist approaches to studying and intervening in spaces of participation. It offers new insights into the making, construction, circulation and effects of participation across cultures through examples ranging from climate change and energy to nanotechnology and mundane technologies, from institutionalised deliberative processes to citizen-led innovation and activism, and from the global north to global south.

The book has received some impressive reviews.

Michel Callon (Professor of Sociology at the École des mines in Paris) said Remaking Participation is “a brilliant book that should be read by all those interested in the future of our planet.”

Andy Stirling (Professor of Science and Technology Policy and Co-Director of the STEPS Centre, University of Sussex) stated: “this is the book that many have long been waiting for. It tackles head-on, some of the most important current issues at the meeting of social science and wider politics.”

For Dr Noortje Marres (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick) the book “shows that participation lies at the very heart of current technological, environmental and political transformations, and outlines a much needed research agenda that engages with the intensely ambivalent situations that result from this.”

Prof James Wilsdon (Chair of the Campaign for Social Science) noted that the book is “a collection of rare quality, insight and relevance to real-world questions. It should be read by scholars, students, practitioners, policymakers, and all those who care about the future of science, technology and society.”

Noel Castree (Professor of Geography, University of Wollongong and University of Manchester) sees Remaking Participation as a “landmark volume… calling for a paradigm-shift in the way science and citizens engage one another. It will be a key reference for many years to come.”

You can follow events to mark the launch of the book over the next few months at the Remaking Participation website and on Twitter by following @jasondchilvers and the hashtag #RemakingParticipation.