Mapping the social study of carbon capture and storage technology as a climate strategy.
In: International Energy Association Greenhouse Gas Social Research Network Workshop, 17-19th November 2010, Yokohama, Japan.
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It is important to be aware of different approaches to social studies of science and technology. Therefore, in order to get the full picture of what the social studies of CCS is about, where progress is being made and where more research is needed this paper surveys existing approaches and suggests a way of organising and thinking about the variety of studies of ‘CCS in society’ that exist or perhaps ought to exist. First the various existing social scientific disciplines currently being deployed to study CCS and other related technologies from a social science point of view are mapped out. Next I discuss different criteria by which social studies of CCS can be categorised. This is designed to give a better understanding of what kind of studies exist and what might be developed and to emphasise that within each discipline, a variety of different approaches can be found.
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