A general framework for analysing diversity in science, technology and society

Stirling, Andrew (2007) A general framework for analysing diversity in science, technology and society. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 4 (15). pp. 707-719. ISSN 1742-5689

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This paper addresses the scope for more integrated general analysis of diversity in science, technology and society. It proposes a framework recognizing three necessary but individually insufficient properties of diversity. Based on 10 quality criteria, it suggests a general quantitative non-parametric diversity heuristic. This allows the systematic exploration of diversity under different perspectives, including divergent conceptions of relevant attributes and contrasting weightings on different diversity properties. It is shown how this heuristic may be used to explore different possible trade-offs between diversity and other aspects of interest, including portfolio interactions. The resulting approach offers a way to be more systematic and transparent in the treatment of scientific and technological diversity in a range of fields, including conservation management, research governance, energy policy and sustainable innovation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher's version available at official URL.
Keywords: diversity, disparity, variety, uncertainty, portfolio analysis
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 12:07
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1592
Google Scholar:107 Citations

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