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Science, Ethics and Action in the Public Interest
Several terms have been used to describe the basic idea behind Public Interest Research (PIR). For example, citizen science, civic science, engaged research, action research and public scholarship are all types of research that aim to directly benefit and involve members of public, non-academic communities.
However, it is often difficult to define these types of research in ways that set them apart from all other types of research. Complex questions arise, such as: Who is the 'public'? How do we address opposing interests among different publics? What kind of basic research is in the public interest? What kind of private research might also be in the public interest?
The papers included on this page aim to stimulate further discussion on definitions of public research.
Defining Public Interest Research
A White paper written for the Science and Environmental Health Network; The Center for Rural Affairs and the Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, 1999
The Case for Science and Technology in Agriculture: From Destruction to Wisdom
Scientists And Grassroots Organizations: Good Work That Matters - A Guide for Citizens and Scientists Working Together to Solve Environmental Problems
The Networker Volume 3 (3) Public Interest Science
Loka Alert 6:3 (9 July 1999) DEFINING PUBLIC-INTEREST RESEARCH Friends & Colleagues:
IN THIS LOKA ALERT: A group of scholars and activists assembled by the nonprofit Science & Environmental Health Network (SEHN), Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture, Research & Education (CSARE) and the Center for Rural Affairs (CRA) proposes a definition for "public-interest research." Their concern is to help concerned citizens and public agencies distinguish research that genuinely advances a common good from research that merely pretends to do so. The authors welcome comments on their working definition. This is one in an occasional series on the democratic politics of research, science, and technology issued free of charge by the nonprofit Loka Institute. To be added to the Loka Alert E-mail list, or to reply to this post, please send a message to . To be removed from the list, just send an E-mail with no subject or message text to . IF YOU SEND US A SUBSTANTIVE REPLY, LET US KNOW IF WE MAY REPOST YOUR NOTE to one of Loka's online discussion forums. And if you enjoy Loka Alerts, please invite interested friends & colleagues to subscribe too. Thank you! Cheers to all, Dick Sclove, Research Director, The Loka Institute E-mail , Web P.O. Box 355, Amherst, MA 01004, USA (- excerpt www.loka.org)
Philadelphia Consensus Statement
The Philadelphia Consensus Statement proposes three major changes to university policies on health-related innovations. Universities should:
Universities Allied for Essential Medicines
Toward a Public Science: Building a New Social Contract Between Science and Society
Entering the Century of the Environment: A New Social Contract for Science
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
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