"Taxonomy at a Crossroads: Science, Publics and Policy in
Biodiversity" is a 3 year interdisciplinary research project which brings together
social and natural scientists to explore contemporary innovation
in the taxonomic sciences.
We are witnessing interesting shifts in the ways in which taxonomy
is practiced - especially with the recent introduction of DNA barcoding
techniques - an introduction which has provoked a whole spectrum of reactions from the taxonomic community.
The implications of these changes for scientific, public
and policy communities are beginning to be felt and observed. As such, a social
scientific insight is welcome as the futures of taxonomy and of
biodiversity science gradually take shape on a global playing field.
Read project briefing document»
Main Contact: Dr Rebecca
Research Team and Partners
The project is being undertaken by a team of social scientists
at Lancaster University in
collaboration with a team of natural scientists at the Natural
History Museum, London.
Our Partners include:
The project is funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research
Council. The ESRC are
strongly committed to funding social scientific research which explores
the roles contemporary science and technologies can have in society
- Academic publications in social scientific and natural scientific journals
- Research briefing pamphlet for sponsors of taxonomic institutions and scientific community
- Final Project Conference to share and discuss project findings with all project participants