Organizing accountability: co-production of technoscientific and social worlds in a nanoscience laboratory

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Nanotechnology exemplifies the intensification of policy concerns both with relations between science and innovation, and with the public authority of scientific knowledge. This paper focuses on the negotiation of accountability by a nanoscience laboratory both to the state for public funds and to wider society for the social aspects of nanotechnology. This paper argues that geographical approaches can address questions of accountability by paying attention to the laboratory as a site for the co-production of scientific, technological and social orders. In particular, this paper focuses on how concepts of innovation and citizenship are configured through particular moments of laboratory accounting.

Keywords: UK science policy; accountability; co-production; laboratory studies; nanotechnology

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EN, Email:

Publication date: June 1, 2007

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