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See detailRethinking Vulnerability Analysis and Governance with Emphasis on a Participatory Approach
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel

in Risk Analysis : An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis (in press)

This paper draws on vulnerability analysis as it emerged as a complement to classical risk analysis, and it aims at exploring its ability of nurturing risk and vulnerability governance actions. An ... [more ▼]

This paper draws on vulnerability analysis as it emerged as a complement to classical risk analysis, and it aims at exploring its ability of nurturing risk and vulnerability governance actions. An analysis of the literature on vulnerability analysis allows us to formulate a threefold critique: first, vulnerability analysis has been treated separately in the natural and the technological hazards fields. This separation prevents vulnerability to unleash the full range of its potential, as it constraints appraisals into artificial categories and thus already closes down the outcomes of the analysis. Second, vulnerability analysis focused on assessment tools that are mainly quantitative, whereas qualitative appraisal is a key to assessing vulnerability in a comprehensive way and to informing policy-making. Third, a systematic literature review of case studies reporting on participatory approaches to vulnerability analysis allows us to argue that participation has been important to address the above, but it remains too closed down in its approach and would benefit from embracing a more open, encompassing perspective. Therefore, we suggest rethinking vulnerability analysis as one part of a dynamic process between opening-up and closing-down strategies, in order to support a vulnerability governance framework. [less ▲]

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See detailBuilding on anticipation: dystopia as empowerment
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg

in Current Sociology (2015), 63(2),

A dystopia can be defined as the depiction of a dark future building on the systematic amplification of current trends and features. It relates to a complex narrative posture that relies on the critical ... [more ▼]

A dystopia can be defined as the depiction of a dark future building on the systematic amplification of current trends and features. It relates to a complex narrative posture that relies on the critical observation of a threatening present that would lead to an apocalyptic future “if nothing was done.” Yet, however inescapable this future may be described, the very existence of such a narrative presupposes that the political community it tries to reach is actually able to do something to thwart it. Oddly enough, a successful dystopia aims at making itself obsolete: once the world it depicts is identified as a possible (or even unavoidable) future, it seems to empower its readers again, restoring what Musil called a ‘sense of possibilities’ that eventually make alternative pathways thinkable. In our contribution, we propose to broaden the range of commonly accepted dystopists (usually fiction writers and novelists like e.g. George Orwell’s 1984) to sociologists like Ulrich Beck. Building on his Risk Society (1986), Beck’s strong diagnosis about the breakdown of First Modernity and the coming of Second Modernity contains a noticeable prophetic and evangelical overtone that aims at “reinventing politics.” We defend the notion that the dystopian posture can be used to characterize both fiction and nonfiction writers such as Orwell and Beck: a common ability, based on the same set of inextricably cognitive and normative patterns, to anticipate the future and eventually empower political communities to engage in further action. [less ▲]

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See detailTechnology Assessment and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy as Dancing Partners
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

Scientific conference (2014, February 18)

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See detailAs Above, so Below: Narrative Salience and Side Effects of National Innovation Systems
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg

in Critical Policy Studies (2014), accepté à publication

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See detailScience and Technology as Sites of Struggle in New Political Economies: Insights from Latin American Bioeconomy
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

Conference (2013, December 09)

Increasingly, science and technology (S&T) are used as key strategic resources to address the social and economic challenges of our time (Tyfield 2012). This paper is part of my broader research program ... [more ▼]

Increasingly, science and technology (S&T) are used as key strategic resources to address the social and economic challenges of our time (Tyfield 2012). This paper is part of my broader research program, which takes S&T as sites of struggle, where (geo)political and socio-economic issues interact, and studies them in three new political economies: bioeconomy, new manufacturing economy and smart security economy. It identifies two global dynamics that are at stake in the strategic construction and use of S&T: (1) proliferating varieties of neoliberalism (Harvey 2005, Mirowski and Plehwe 2009) and (2) shifting asymmetric dependency relations (Vernengo 2006, Metcalfe and Ramlogan 2008). My main goal is to analyze and understand developments in S&T domains as co-evolving with these two key global dynamics. For this paper, I will focus on one S&T site of struggles, biotechnologies/bioeconomy in Argentina, which will allow me to look at the reconfiguring of center-periphery relations and neoliberal enactments. Based on extensive fieldwork conducted with actors from public, private and associative sectors, I explore the expansion of genetically modified soy in Argentina and I aim to figure out how the neoliberal “globalized privatization regime” (Mirowski and Sent 2008) unfolded in a peripheral location. My case points at two inherent contradictions with such a regime’s main tenets, namely that it needs a weak antitrust policy and a hyper-restrictive system of intellectual property. I conclude that it is not enough to postulate that the neoliberal globalized privatization regime will just expand to the South as it did in Northern countries. Rather, combined with the commercialization of science, peripherality creates protest, activism and local regulation. Lastly, further implications for the theorization and circulation of bioeconomy (Birch and Tyfield 2013) beyond the “charmed circle” of OECD countries (Delvenne and Thoreau 2012) will be drawn. [less ▲]

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See detailThe co-production of genetically modified soy and Argentina
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

Scientific conference (2013, December 05)

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See detailFlanders Ahead... Wallonia Behind (But Catching Up). The Identity Politics of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Belgium
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Charlier, Nathan ULg; Rosskamp, Benedikt ULg et al

Conference (2013, October 18)

Drawing on a documentary analysis of two socio-economic policy programs, one Flemish (“Vlaanderen In Actie”), the other Walloon (“Marshall Plans”), and a discourse analysis of how these programs are ... [more ▼]

Drawing on a documentary analysis of two socio-economic policy programs, one Flemish (“Vlaanderen In Actie”), the other Walloon (“Marshall Plans”), and a discourse analysis of how these programs are received in one Flemish and one Francophone quality newspaper, this paper illustrates how Flanders and Wallonia both seek to become top-performing knowledge-based economies (KBEs). The paper discerns a number of discursive repertoires, such as “Catching up,” which policy actors draw on to legitimize or question the transformation of Flanders and Wallonia into KBEs. The “Catching up” repertoire places Flanders resolutely ahead of Wallonia in the global race towards knowledge, excellence, and growth, but suggests that Wallonia may, in due course, overtake Flanders as a top competitive region. Given the expectations and/or fears that “Catching up” evokes among Flemish and Walloon policy actors, the repertoire serves these actors as a flexible discursive resource to make sense of, and shape, their collective futures, and thus their identities. The primary aim of the paper is to underline the simultaneity of, and the interplay between, globalizing forces and particularizing tendencies, as Flanders and Wallonia develop with a global KBE in nation- or region-specific ways. [less ▲]

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See detailTechnology Assessment and neoliberal policies as dancing partners : critical insights in the new spirit of Technology Assessment
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

Conference (2013, October 11)

In this paper we explore the tension surrounding two interrelated sets of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies that evolved together in Europe since the 1980s onward. On the one hand, we ... [more ▼]

In this paper we explore the tension surrounding two interrelated sets of science, technology and innovation (STI) policies that evolved together in Europe since the 1980s onward. On the one hand, we focus on the expanding process of neoliberal policies unconditionally supporting STI as strategic resources to generate growth and competitiveness. On the other hand, we link this process with policy decisions to institutionalize Technology Assessment processes and activities to frame and anticipate the potential side effects of STI in newly emerging strategic science regimes. TA and neoliberal STI policies coevolved as “dancing partners” (Rip 1992), relatively independent and closely interacting at the same time. We inquire into the experimental, transforming character of Technology Assessment (TA) by linking its emergence and development to the broader institutional setting of which it is a part. Our analysis brings a macro-sociological and political sensitivity to bear on TA. Rather than conceiving of TA as a mere management tool or governance technique, we suggest that TA processes enact, as well as counteract, dominant innovation policies. Conversely, we look at recent TA de-institutionalization processes in Flanders and Denmark to offer some reflections on the future of TA. Based on our previous researches and on participatory observation in a European FP7 project aimed at expanding TA institutions in Europe, we question TA’s ability to exert its critical capacities if it is to survive only as an instrument aligned with recent policy discourses, such as responsible research and innovation, that emerged in the aftermath of Lisbon’s strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailLe voyage politique du Technology Assessment
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

Scientific conference (2013, October 05)

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See detailLe long chemin de la Wallonie
Rosskamp, Benedikt ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg

in PACITA: Un regard européen sur TA-SWISS (2013)

La Région wallonne en Belgique s'efforce depuis des années de mettre en place une institution d'évaluation des choix technologiques. Son élan est ralenti, non pas par des doutes quant à l'utilité d ... [more ▼]

La Région wallonne en Belgique s'efforce depuis des années de mettre en place une institution d'évaluation des choix technologiques. Son élan est ralenti, non pas par des doutes quant à l'utilité d'une telle institution, mais par les réalités politiques régionales. [less ▲]

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See detailBiotechnology, Controversy, and Policy: Challenges of the Bioeconomy in Latin America
Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Hendrickx, Kim ULg

Book published by Pergamon Press - An Imprint of Elsevier Science (2013)

This special issue explores cases from Latin American countries, studied in comparison to global trends in the arenas of public participation, scientific knowledge production, regulation and governance ... [more ▼]

This special issue explores cases from Latin American countries, studied in comparison to global trends in the arenas of public participation, scientific knowledge production, regulation and governance. The authors demonstrate the complexity of these cases, both in terms of regional differences and the different spaces of public, policy, and scientific knowledge production into which such innovations are inserted. The articles are based on rich empirical data collected in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. Authors show that the top-down circulation of policy narratives on biotechnology is challenged, complemented and even partly undermined by local bottom-up dynamics. Conversely, articles also focus on those grassroots dynamics and the ways they are influenced and conditioned by macro-sociological and political economic factors. Lastly, a great deal of attention is paid to the ways states and national actors actively contribute to their own insertion in globalized markets where bioengineered living resources are increasingly tasked with solving the most pressing economic and social issues. We believe that this collection of works challenges scholars, intellectuals, policy-makers and relevant stakeholders to open up their views of biotechnology as a dynamic construct that interacts with local situations in a variety of ways. From a more distanced perspective, the aggregated findings of the contributors to this special issue suggest that the important tasks for scholarly work on bioeconomy today become (1) to observe and critically assess the de-localization and re-localization of the concept of bioeconomy in Latin America where biological resources have become increasingly strategic over the last decades; (2) to analyze the bioeconomy as a site of struggles among countries and/or social groups who articulate strategic visions as part of narrating activities. [less ▲]

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See detailThe “soy-ization” of Argentina: dynamics of the “globalized” privatization regime in a peripheral context
Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Vasen, Federico; Vara, Ana Maria

in Technology in Society (2013), 35(2),

Based on extensive fieldwork conducted with actors from public, private and associative sectors, we explore the expansion of genetically modified soy in Argentina and we aim to figure out how the ... [more ▼]

Based on extensive fieldwork conducted with actors from public, private and associative sectors, we explore the expansion of genetically modified soy in Argentina and we aim to figure out how the neoliberal “globalized privatization regime” unfolded in a peripheral location. Our case points at two inherent contradictions with such a regime’s main tenets, namely that it needs a weak antitrust policy (thus leading to a market situation dominated by a monopoly of transnational companies) and a hyper-restrictive system of intellectual property. We highlight the participation of two groups of local actors in the regime. The first group is aligned with the globalized privatization regime agendas, while the second is involved in protest and regulatory actions focusing on the health, environment and safety issues related to the GM soy complex. To a different extent, both groups share a local agenda of resistance and an anti-imperialist imaginary. Both have national development objectives of Argentina in their ideological roots, although their conceptions of “development” are different (industrial development vs. protection of peasants’ life and the environment). We conclude that it is not enough to postulate that the neoliberal globalized privatization regime will just expand to the South as it did in Northern countries. Rather, combined with the commercialization of science, peripherality creates protest, activism and local regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe multifaceted struggle for power in the bioeconomy
Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Hendrickx, Kim ULg

in Technology in Society (2013), 35(2),

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See detailBringing the normative content into participatory technology assessment
Lucivero, Federica; Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

Conference (2013, March 13)

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See detailMapping the interplay of policy paradigms and technology assessment in Flanders and Wallonia (Belgium)
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Charlier, Nathan ULg; Rosskamp, Benedikt ULg et al

Conference (2013, March 13)

This paper empirically assesses how science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies in the regions of Flanders and Wallonia (Belgium) are affected by, and possibly transformed through, technology ... [more ▼]

This paper empirically assesses how science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies in the regions of Flanders and Wallonia (Belgium) are affected by, and possibly transformed through, technology assessment (TA). Broadly defined, TA encompasses activities and programs that seek to expand and deepen the knowledge base of contemporary knowledge-based economies (KBEs), typically by including new actors (e.g. trade unions), ideas (e.g. science in society), and rationales (e.g. participatory techniques) in STI processes. The paper thus seeks to render concrete how TA ideas and programs unfold with, and potentially steer, new articulations of knowledge, which are imperative to present-day STI processes. Drawing on TA case studies in the two regions, the paper illustrates how TA takes on various shapes and forms, including that of mediating instrument, policy-oriented decision-making tool linked to Parliament, and experimental-deliberative mechanism. It is argued that while these TA forms engender new kinds of knowledge and knowledge production, the extent to which TA discourses and practices are effectively taken up in STI is contingent upon how TA taps into, and aligns itself with, global and regional dynamics. The former comprise the convergence of technology research and innovation around the KBE and the advent of strategic science, with its emphasis on real-world problem solving (relevance) and basic research (excellence); the latter entail constitutional reforms that spurred the regionalization of STI policy in Belgium. Our analysis brings a macro-sociological and political sensitivity to bear on TA. Rather than conceiving of TA as a mere management tool or governance technique, we suggest that TA processes enact, as well as counteract, dominant innovation policies. How TA positions itself or is positioned in relation to these policies, is particularly relevant to consider in view of the Flemish Government’s recent decision to abolish its parliamentary TA institute and the Walloon Government’s intention of erecting one. [less ▲]

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See detailPratiques du Technology Assessment en Europe et perspectives pour la Wallonie
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

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See detailLo que los Sistemas Nacionales de Innovación no miran. Una crítica constructiva de las políticas de ciencia y tecnología a partir del ‘modelo de la soja transgénica’
Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Vasen, Federico

in Tula Molina, Fernando; Vara, Ana Maria (Eds.) Riesgo, política y alternativas tecnológicas. Entre la regulación y la discusión pública (2013)

En todo el mundo, las políticas y planes estratégicos de ciencia, tecnología e innovación (CTI) integran y reproducen una narrativa de innovación para el desarrollo a través del crecimiento económico ... [more ▼]

En todo el mundo, las políticas y planes estratégicos de ciencia, tecnología e innovación (CTI) integran y reproducen una narrativa de innovación para el desarrollo a través del crecimiento económico, utilizando conceptos tales como “sistemas nacionales de innovación” (SNI) (Lundvall, 1992) o “sociedad del conocimiento” o “economía del conocimiento”. Incluso si este modelo de innovación no es ideal o no está adaptado a las realidades locales, ha sido propuesto una y otra vez por organismos internacionales de crédito como el Banco Mundial, el Fondo Monetario Internacional o Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. La ecuación que está en el corazón de esta narrativa ha sido siempre la misma: fomentar la innovación (e invirtiendo para fortalecer su lugar en la economía nacional) llevará indefectiblemente a mayores beneficios económicos que en última instancia ayudarán a mejorar el nivel de bienestar social. De hecho, al minimo al nivel del discurso institucional, los sistemas nacionales de innovación existen (o hay promesas acerca de que van a existir) en todo lugar en que haya innovación. Volver real y eficiente el sistema se presenta como una precondición para la competitividad y el desarrollo futuro. En la realidad sin embargo, estos sistemas apenas existen en los mayores países en desarrollo, en función de las características del entramado institucional existente, las características de los actores locales, la falta de recursos materiales y simbólicos, los fuertes lazos de dependencia económica y las amplias desigualdades sociales. De modo central, y sin que exista necesariamente una reflexión acerca de si ese camino es el más indicado, tomar el camino de la “sociedad del conocimiento” seriamente, al establecer una estructura institucional para un sistema nacional de innovación, se transforma en el motor para el financiamiento de nuevas políticas públicas. Si la innovación finalmente tiene lugar, esto puede significar también que el poder ha sido desigualmente distribuido entre un número de actores que participaron, de una u otra forma, de un proceso sistémico complejo que pudo involucrar la extracción de recursos naturales, la investigación fundamental y aplicada, desarrollos industriales y márgenes de competitividad que llevaron a mayores beneficios. Este proceso pudo haber implicado la participación activa de los diferentes stakeholders, y la confrontación de diferentes líneas de argumentos, visiones económicas y prioridades socio-políticas. La mayoría del tiempo, cuando los países en desarrollo adoptan la narrativa de la “innovación para el desarrollo”, caen víctimas de un discurso dominante que está arraigado o relacionado con una estructura hegemónica (Radaelli, 2000), un patrón consistente que refleja la colonialidad del poder (Quijano, 2000). En un artículo reciente, Delvenne y Thoreau (2012) se ocupan del influyente y extendido enfoque de los Sistemas Nacionales de Innovación y discuten su adecuación a países que no son miembros de la OCDE, especialmente en América Latina donde tiende a ser reificado. A pesar de que el enfoque de los SNI supuestamente está pensado para abordar las necesidades más urgentes de las economías a las que se aplica, los autores señalan que se beneficiaría con el desarrollo de una visión más abarcativa, que permita integrar mayor diversidad y complejidad. En este capítulo, nos apoyaremos en primer término en su diagnóstico y lo articularemos con la historia del régimen de CTI en América Latina, con un foco especial en Argentina. En un segundo momento, a través de una visión general del caso de la soja transgénica y su importancia para la balanza de pagos de Argentina, exploramos la siguiente paradoja: mientras numerosos académicos señalan la necesidad de desarrollar una agenda de innovación para los países del sur, con un “marco sureño de pensamiento” (Arocena y Sutz, 2003), los planes nacionales de CTI y los desarrollos actuales en biotecnología siguen descansando en una versión reduccionista de la innovación que impide que esta “perspectiva sureña” pueda emerger, y los limita a metas económicas, considerando las aspectos sociales y ecológicos como meras externalidades. Nos proponemos explorar las razones detrás de esta situación y observamos que esto tiene un impacto en los actores que desean utilizar la CTI de modo más reflexivo, a la vez que también en la eficiencia de las políticas de CTI en Argentina. Nuestra intención no es la de criticar ciegamente la orientación de las políticas CTI hacia el crecimiento económico, sino más bien contribuir -a través de un excelente ejemplo de un sector central de la economía argentina- a introducir una perspectiva más crítica y abarcativa de estas políticas públicas. [less ▲]

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