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Professor Brian Wynne

Professor Brian Wynne

Professor

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 592892

Affiliations

Centre for the Study of Environmental Change
Centre for Science Studies
Cesagen - ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics
Centre for Law and Society

Profile

Brian Wynne is Professor of Science Studies at CSEC and at the ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen).

His education includes MA (Natural Sciences, Cambridge 1968), PhD (Materials Science, Cambridge 1971), MPhil (Sociology of Science, Edinburgh 1977). His work has covered technology and risk assessment, public risk perceptions, and public understanding of science, focusing on the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision-making. He was an Inaugural Member of the Management Board and Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency, (EEA), (1994-2000) and a Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Science and Society, (March 2000). He is also a member of the London Royal Society's Committee on Science in Society.

Research Interests

  • Technology and risk assessment
  • Public risk perceptions
  • Public understanding of science, focusing on the relations between expert and lay knowledge and policy decision-making

Additional Information

2014

Responsible innovation across borders: tensions, paradoxes and possibilities

Wynne, B., Tyfield, D. & 26 others MacNaghten, P., Owen, R., Stilgoe, J., Azevedo, A., de Campos, A., Chilvers, J., Dagnino, R., di Giulio, G., Frow, E., Garvey, B., Groves, C., Hartley, S., Knobel, M., Kobayashi, M., Lehtonen, M., Lezaun, J., Mello, L., Monteiro, M., Pamplona da Costa, J., Rigolin, C., Rondani, B., Staykova, M., Taddei, R., Till, C., Wilford, S. & Velho, L. 2014 In: Journal of Responsible Innovation. 1, 2, p. 191-199 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Wrong, but useful: negotiating uncertainty in infectious disease modelling

Christley, R., Mort, M., Wynne, B., Wastling, J., Heathwaite, L., Pickup, R., Austin, Z. & Latham, S. 16/10/2013 In: PLoS ONE. 8, 10, 13 p.e76277

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Science, Scientism and Imaginaries of Publics in the UK: Passive Objects, Incipient Threats

Welsh, I. & Wynne, B. 09/2013 In: Science as Culture. 22, 4, p. 540-566 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Barcoding nature: shifting cultures of taxonomy in an age of biodiversity loss

Waterton, C., Ellis, R. & Wynne, B. 2013 London: Routledge. 248 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

Ethics of science for policy in the environmental governance of biotechnology: MON810 maize in Europe

Wickson, F. & Wynne, B. 10/2012 In: Ethics, Policy and Environment. 15, 3, p. 321-340 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Policy, practice and decision making for zoonotic disease management: water and cryptosporidium

Austin, Z., Alcock, R., Christley, R., Haygarth, P., Heathwaite, L., Latham, S., Mort, M., Oliver, D., Pickup, R., Wastling, J. M. & Wynne, B. 04/2012 In: Environment International. 40, n/a, p. 70-78 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Uncertainties in the governance of animal disease: an interdisciplinary framework for analysis

Fish, R., Austin, Z., Christley, R., Haygarth, P. M., Heathwaite, A. L., Heathwaite, L. A., Latham, S., Medd, W., Mort, M., Oliver, D. M., Pickup, R., Wastling, J. M. & Wynne, B. 27/09/2011 In: Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences. 366, 1573, p. 2023-2034 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Biotagging Manchester: interdisciplinary exploration of biodiversity

Nold, C., Tweddle, J., Ellis, R., Hemment, D. & Wynne, B. 01/2011 In: Leonardo. 44, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Participatory mass observation and citizen science.

Hemment, D., Ellis, R. & Wynne, B. 01/2011 In: Leonardo. 44, 1, p. 62-63 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Strange Weather, Again: Climate Science as Political Art

Wynne, B. 2010 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 27, 2-3, p. 289-305 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Taxonomy, biodiversity and their publics in twenty-first-century DNA barcoding

Ellis, R., Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 2010 In: Public Understanding of Science. 19, 4, p. 497-512 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Plant sciences and the public good.

Stengel, K., Taylor, J. E., Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 05/2009 In: Science Technology and Human Values. 34, 3, p. 289-312 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Public participation in science and technology: Performing and Obscuring a Political-Conceptual Category Mistake

Wynne, B. 12/2008 In: East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal. 1, 1, p. 99-110 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Elephants in the room where publics encounter "science"?: A response to Darrin Durant "Accounting for expertise: Wynne and the automony of the lay public"

Wynne, B. 01/2008 In: Public Understanding of Science. 17, 1, p. 21-33 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Risky delusions: misunderstanding science and misperforming publics in the GE crops issue

Wynne, B. 2007 Genetically engineered crops: interim policies, uncertain legislation. Taylor, I. E. P. (ed.). New York: Haworth Food & Agricultural Products

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Afterward

Wynne, B., Kearnes, M. & Macnaghten, P. 2006 Governing at the nanoscale: people, policies and emerging technologies. Kearnes, M., Macaghten, P. & Wilsdon, J. (eds.). London: DEMOS

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsForeword/postscript

GMOs and sustainability: contested visions, routes and drivers

Wynne, B., Coff, C. & Kamara, M. 2006 Copenhagen: Danish Council of Ethics.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

Public engagement as means of restoring trust in science? Hitting the notes, but missing the music.

Wynne, B. E. 05/2006 In: Community Genetics. 9, 3, p. 211-220 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

The public value of science: or how to ensure that science really matters

Wilsdon, J., Stilgoe, J. & Wynne, B. 2005 London: DEMOS. 67 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Reflexing complexity: post-genomic knowledge and reductionist returns in public science.

Wynne, B. 1/10/2005 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 22, 5, p. 67-94 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Adjudicating the GM Food Wars: Science, Risk, and Democracy in World Trade Law.

Wynne, B. E., Winickoff, D., Jasanoff, S., Busch, L. & Grove-White, R. B. 2005 In: Yale Journal of International Law. 30, 1 Wint, p. 81-123 43 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Nanotechnology, Governance, and Public Deliberation: What Role for the Social Sciences?

Macnaghten, P., Kearnes, M. B. & Wynne, B. 12/2005 In: Science Communication. 27, 2, p. 268-291 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

In the eye of the hurricane: knowledge and social order in the European Environment Agency

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 2004 States of knowledge: the co-production of science and the social order. Jasanoff, S. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 87-108 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Societal aspects of anotechnology: misunderstanding nanoscience?

Wynne, B. E. 2004 Proceedings of the EuroNano Forum. p. 20-21 2 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

May the sheep safely graze? A reflexive view of the expert-lay knowledge divide.

Wynne, B. E. 2004 Risk, environment and modernity: towards a new ecology [Brazilian translation of a book previously published in 1996]. Lash, S., Szerszynski, B. & Wynne, B. (eds.). Sage

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Knowledge and Political Order in the European Environment Agency.

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 2004 States of Knowledge: the co-production of science and social order. Jasanoff, S. (ed.). London: Routledge, p. 87-108 22 p. (International library of sociology)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Risk at global discourse: framing issues and subjects.

Wynne, B. E. 12/2004 Science and citizens: globalization and the challenge of engagement.. Leach, M., Scoones, I. & Wynne, B. (eds.). London: Zed Books, p. 87-112 26 p. (Claiming citizenship. Rights, participation and accountability.)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Introduction: science, citizenship and globalisation.

Wynne, B. E. 12/2004 Science and citizens: globalization and the challenge of engagement.. Scoones, I., Leach, M. & Wynne, B. (eds.). London: Zed Books, p. 1-12 12 p. (Claiming citizenship. Rights, participation and accountability)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

Seasick on the Third Wave? Subverting the hegemony of propositionalism.

Wynne, B. 1/06/2003 In: Social Studies of Science. 33, 3, p. 401-417 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Risk and Environment as Legitimatory Discourses of Technology: reflexivity inside-out.

Wynne, B. 1/05/2002 In: Current Sociology. 50, 3, p. 459-477 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Creating Public Alienation: discourses of risk and ethics on GMO's.

Wynne, B. 12/2001 In: Science as Culture. 10, 4, p. 445-481 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Wising up: the public and new technologies.

Grove-White, R., Macnaghten, P. & Wynne, B. 2000 Lancaster: Lancaster University: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change

Research output: Working paper

1999

Risk communication, public participation and the Seveso II directive.

Walker, G. P., Simmons, P., Irwin, A. & Wynne, B. E. 1/03/1999 In: Journal of Hazardous Materials. 65, 1-2, p. 179-190 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Public information on the environment: the role of the European Environment Agency

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 1998 British environmental policy and Europe: politics and policy in transition. Lowe, P. & Ward, S. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 119-137 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Can focus groups access community views?

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 1998 Developing focus group research: politics, theory and practice. Barbour, R. & Kitzinger, J. (eds.). London: Sage, p. 127-143 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Uncertainty, complexity and concepts of good science in climate change modelling: are GCMs the best tools?

Shackley, S., Young, P. C., Parkinson, S. & Wynne, B. E. 1998 In: Climatic Change. 38, p. 159-205 47 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

Global Warming Potentials: ambiguity or precision as an aid to policy?

Shackley, S. & Wynne, B. E. 1997 In: Climate Research. 8, 2, p. 89-106 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1996

SSK’s identity parade: signing-up, off-and-on.

Wynne, B. E. 1996 In: Social Studies of Science. 26, 2, p. 357-391 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Patronising Joe public.

Wynne, B. E. 1996 In: Times Higher Education Supplement.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Representing Uncertainty in Global Climate Change Science and Policy: Boundary-Ordering Devices and Authority.

Shackley, S. & Wynne, B. 1996 In: Science, Technology and Human Values. 21, 3, p. 275-302 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Building the European Union: science and the cultural dimensions of environmental policy.

Waterton, C. & Wynne, B. 09/1996 In: Journal of European Public Policy. 3, 3, p. 421-440 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Imagine complexity: The past, present and future potential of complex thinking.

Shackley, S., Wynne, B. & Waterton, C. 1996 In: Futures. 28, 3, p. 201-225 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Uncertainty, precaution and decision making: the release of genetically modified organisms into the environment.

Mayer, S., Hill, J., Grove-White, R. B. & Wynne, B. E. 1996 In: Global Environmental Change Programme Briefing. 8, p. 4-4 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1995

CORINE: databases and nature conservation - the new politics of information in the European Union

Waterton, C., Grove-White, R., Wynne, B. & Rodwell, J. 1995 Lancaster: Lancaster University: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsOther report

Integrating knowledges for climate change: pyramids, nets and uncertainties.

Shackley, S. & Wynne, B. E. 05/1995 In: Global Environmental Change. 5, 2, p. 113-126 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Global climate change: the mutual construction of an emergent science-policy domain.

Shackley, S. & Wynne, B. E. 1995 In: Science and Public Policy. 22, 4, p. 218-230 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Book Reviews: public perceptions and sustainability in Lancashire: indicators, institutions, participation.

Macnaghten, P., Grove-White, R. B., Jacobs, M., Wynne, B. E. & Peattie, K. 1995 In: Local Government Studies. 21, 4, p. 678-678 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1994

Environmental models: truth machines of social heuristics?

Wynne, B. E. & Shackley, S. 1994 In: Globe: Revue Internationale d'Etudes Quebecoises. 21, p. 6-8 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Climatic reductionism: the British character and the greenhouse effect.

Shackley, S. & Wynne, B. E. 1994 In: Weather. 49, 3, p. 110-111 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1993

Public perceptions and the nuclear industry in West Cumbria - report to Cumbria County Council

Waterton, C., Wynne, B. & Grove-White, R. 1993 Lancaster: Lancaster University: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

How science fails the environment.

Wynne, B. E. & Mayer, S. 1993 In: New Scientist. 139, 1876, p. 32-32 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Public uptake of science: a case for institutional reflexivity.

Wynne, B. 1993 In: Public Understanding of Science. 2, 4, p. 321-337 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Implementation of greenhouse gas reductions in the European Community: institutional and cultural factors.

Wynne, B. 03/1993 In: Global Environmental Change. 3, 1, p. 101-128 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1992

Uncertainty and environmental learning: reconceiving science and policy in the preventive paradigm.

Wynne, B. 1992 In: Global Environmental Change. 2, 2, p. 111-127 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • PhD visitors welcome at CSEC

    01/02/2011
    Two new visitors, currentlystudying for a PhD, are adding to the diversity of scholarship on the social study of environmental issues at CSEC. Both are interested in the approaches of Science and Tech ... Read more»
  • Professor Brian Wynne awarded prestigious Bernal Prize

    31/08/2010
    Professor Brian Wynne Associate Director of Cesagen, Lancaster University awarded prestigious Bernal Prize. The prestigious J D Bernal Prize has been awarded to Brian Wynne, Professor of Science St ... Read more»
  • Brian Wynne resigns from FSA group over GM

    02/06/2010
    Brian Wynne has resigned from the Steering Group of the Food Standards Agency's planned public dialogue process on the use of genetically modified crops and food. He had been vice-chair of the Steerin ... Read more»
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