Dr David Tyfield

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Research Overview

Current Teaching

In 2014/15 I will unlikely be teaching, while based in Guangzhou.

In 2013/14 I taught the following courses:

In Lent term:

- SOCL332 'The Chinese Century?'

In Summer term:

- SOCL930 'Policy, Publics and Expertise' for the Masters programme in Environment, Culture & Society and in Science Studies (with Prof Brian Wynne)

Research Interests

Current Research Activities

My current research develops my interests in the normative dimensions of the processes of knowledge production and their interaction with issues of global cultural political economy, especially regarding critical analysis of the emergence of a globalised "knowledge-based" economy, climate change and the rise of China. I am particularly interested currently in issues regarding innovation, inequality and advanced liberalism. This has three threads:

1) Low-Carbon Socio-Technical Systems Transition in China, especially regarding automobility and agri-food.

From January 2014, I will be leading a work package within Prof Ulrich Beck's ERC project on 'Methodological Cosmopolitanism - In the Laboratory of Climate Change', based at Ludwigs-Maximilien University in Munich, on cosmopolitan low-carbon innovation regarding electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage (CCS) of coal emissions.

Relating to this work, and an interest in the politics of the discourse of 'responsible innovation', I am PI in a British Council grant on 'Responsibly Innovating Energy for Mobility: Brazil, China, UK', with colleagues at UFABC (Dr Leo de Mello), Strathclyde (Dr Brian Garvey) as well as UniCamp (Dr Andre Campos), U San Martin (Dr Ana Maria Vara).

From December 2013, I am Co-I and lead project coordinator on the ESRC project 'Low Carbon Innovation in China - Prospects, Politics and Practice', and leading the Research Package on urban electro-mobility. This project is in collaboration with colleagues at CeMoRe, Lancaster University (Prof John Urry, Dr Dennis Zuev); STEPS Centre, Sussex University (Dr Adrian Ely, Dr Sam Geall); SOAS (Dr Frauke Urban); Tsinghua University (Dr Yu WANG); Tsinghua University Graduate School, Shenzhen (Dr Ping LI); and the CAS Centre for Agricultural Policy (Dr Yiching SONG).

2) The Cultural Political Economy of Research & Innovation - following the argument of my book (2 Volumes, Routledge, 2012), 'The Economics of Science - A Critical Realist Overview' I continue my interest in the interaction between changing practices of R&I and a changing political economy. Based on a Lancaster University Early Career Small Grant (2011-13), this has involved workshops on the 'Political Economy of Research & Innovation' in both Lancaster (October 2012) and at York University in Toronto (December 2013). Further annual workshops in this series are in the process of being planned (to be held in the US, EU and China).

3) These various themes are being brought together in a book project for Routledge, to be completed for summer 2015 on the inter-relation between the crises of neoliberalism and innovation.

Current Editoral Work

I am the Book Reviews Editor for Science as Culture. For information on books available for review, see: http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/tyfield/SaCbookreviews.doc

Background

Before starting my PhD, I studied Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology at Oxford and the Philosophy of Social Sciences at LSE. I also qualified as a solicitor, working in London and Brussels in various areas of corporate and commercial law, including intellectual property law and EU competition law. Bringing together these interests, I began my PhD in the Philosophy and Sociology of Science at Exeter in 2003. My research was based across two institutions: the Centre for Philosophy of the Social Sciences and the ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis), the sister-centre of Lancaster's CESAGen. My thesis was a multidisciplinary examination of the dramatic changes to the funding of science, especially the biosciences, that have occurred since 1980 including the growth of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in scientific research, alongside the global strengthening of IPRs under the auspices of the World Trade Organisation's TRIPs agreement. By examining how TRIPs came to be signed, a theory for the (critical) realist examination of the economics of science is elaborated. This includes concerted attention to the role and importance of philosophical/ontological reflection in the development of social scientific theory. The project thus engages with work in the philosophy of science, science & technology studies, innovation economics, international relations (particularly regarding IPRs), critical theory and cultural political economy.

Additional Information

Administrative Roles

From March 2014 - and specifically from July 2014 when I will be relocating to Guangzhou - I am Director of the International Research & Innovation Centre for the Environment (I-RICE), a joint initiative between Lancaster Environment Centre and the CAS Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry (GIGCAS). I-RICE is a platform for international and inter-disciplinary research on the 'grand challenges' of the environment.

From 2013, I am a Director (Communications) for the Centre for Mobilities Research, one of the four Lancaster University Research Centres.

King Coal is dead, long live the King!: the coal renaissance in the emergence of low carbon societies
Tyfield, D. 09/2014 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 31, 5, p. 59-81. 23 p.
Journal article

Complexity, knowledge politics and the remaking of class: response to Levins
Tyfield, D. 06/2014 In: International Critical Thought. 4, 2, p. 241-254. 14 p.
Journal article

Responsible innovation across borders: tensions, paradoxes and possibilities
MacNaghten, P., Owen, R., Stilgoe, J., Wynne, B., 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., Tyfield, D., Wilford, S., Velho, L. 2014 In: Journal of Responsible Innovation. 1, 2, p. 191-199. 9 p.
Journal article

Transition to Science 2.0: ‘remoralizing’ the economy of science
Tyfield, D. 12/2013 In: Spontaneous Generations. 7, 1, p. 29-48. 20 p.
Journal article

Theorizing the Bioeconomy: Biovalue, Biocapital, Bioeconomics or...What?
Birch, K., Tyfield, D. 05/2013 In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 38, 3, p. 299-327. 29 p.
Journal article

Transportation and low-carbon development
Tyfield, D. 7/03/2013 In: Low carbon development. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Cosmopolitan communities of climate risk: conceptual and empirical suggestions for a new research agenda
Beck, U., Blok, A., Tyfield, D., Zhang, J.Y. 01/2013 In: Global Networks. 13, 1, p. 1-21. 21 p.
Journal article

The Demise of Capitalism?: Lessons from an Entropic Perspective on the Current Crises - Review of Robert Biel (2012) 'The Entropy of Capitalism'
Tyfield, D. 01/2013 In: Journal of Critical Realism. 12, 1, p. 112-128. 17 p.
Journal article

Greening China’s ‘Cars’: Could the Last be First?
Tyfield, D., Urry, J. 09/2012 Lancaster : Lancaster University
Working paper

The Economics of Science – A Case Study in the Contribution of Ontology
Tyfield, D. 07/2012
Conference paper

A Cultural Political Economy of Research and Innovation in an Age of Crisis
Tyfield, D. 06/2012 In: Minerva. 50, 2, p. 149-167. 19 p.
Journal article

The economics of science : a critical realist overview. Volume 1.: Illustrations and philosophical preliminaries
Tyfield, D. 11/11/2011 London : Routledge. 248 p. ISBN: 9780415498357.
Book

The economics of science : a critical realist overview. Volume 2.: Towards a synthesis of political economy and science and technology studies
Tyfield, D. 11/11/2011 London : Routledge. 232 p. ISBN: 9780415688734.
Book

Food systems transition and disruptive low carbon innovation: implications for a food security research agenda.
Tyfield, D. 07/2011 In: Journal of Experimental Botany. 62, 11, p. 3701-3706. 6 p.
Journal article

Low carbon China : the role of international collaboration.
Tyfield, D., Wilsdon, J. 29/10/2010 In: Sustainable reform and development in post-Olympic China. London : Routledge 224 p. ISBN: 978-0415559560.
Chapter

Game-changing China : lessons from China about disruptive low carbon innovation.
Tyfield, D., Jin, J., Rooker, T. 06/2010 London : NESTA, 52 p.
Other

Cosmopolitan China?
Tyfield, D., Urry, J. 2010 In: Soziale Welt. 61, 3-4, p. 277-294. 18 p.
Journal article

Low-carbon disruptive innovation in China.
Tyfield, D., Jin, J. 2010 In: Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China. 2, 3, p. 269-282. 14 p.
Journal article

Low-carbon innovation in China – introduction to the special issue
Tyfield, D., Jin, J. 2010 In: Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China. 2, 3
Special issue

Neoliberalism, intellectual property and the global knowledge economy.
Tyfield, D. 2010 In: The rise and fall of neoliberalism : the collapse of an economic order?. London : Zed p. 60-76. 17 p. ISBN: 9781848133488.
Chapter

The importance of the 'international collaboration dividend': the case of China.
Tyfield, D., Zhu, Y., Cao, J. 11/2009 In: Science and Public Policy. 36, 9, p. 723-735. 13 p.
Journal article

Low carbon China : disruptive innovation and the role of international collaboration.
Tyfield, D., Wilsdon, J. 01/2009 Nottingham : University of Nottingham, 33 p.
Other

A Surplus of 'Surplus'?
Tyfield, D. 2009 In: Science as Culture. 18, 4, p. 497-500. 4 p.
Journal article

Cosmopolitan China: Lessons from International Collaboration in Low-Carbon Innovation
Tyfield, D., Urry, J. 2009 In: British Journal of Sociology. 60, 4, p. 793-812. 20 p.
Journal article

Raging at imaginary Don-Quixotes: a reply to Giraud and Weintraub.
Tyfield, D. 2009 In: Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics. 2, 1, p. 60-69. 10 p.
Journal article

Collaboration not Confrontation: low carbon China and the role of international collaboration
Tyfield, D. 11/2008 In: China-Britain Business Review.
Journal article

Low carbon innovation in China
Tyfield, D. 29/10/2008
Other contribution

Enabling TRIPs : The pharma-biotech-university patent coalition.
Tyfield, D. 2008 In: Review of International Political Economy. 15, 4, p. 535-566. 32 p.
Journal article

Four fallacies regarding the current crisis.
Tyfield, D. 2008 Lancaster : University of Lancaster
Other

The impossibility of finitism: from SSK to ESK?
Tyfield, D. 2008 In: Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics. 1, 1, p. 61-86. 26 p.
Journal article

The debate about transcendental arguments in critical realism (Presentation)
Tyfield, D. 17/03/2007
Other contribution

Chasing fairies or serious ontological business : tracking down the transcendental argument.
Tyfield, D. 12/2006 In: Contributions to social ontology. London : Routledge 320 p. ISBN: 978-0415403733.
Chapter

Philosophy and Green Economics: An Introduction
Tyfield, D. 2006 In: The Green Economist.
Journal article