Capabilities and Governance of Nanotechnology in the Developing World: Insights from India
The imperative for responsible innovation in the nanotechnology domain has inspired and provoked assorted views on its trajectory, potential implications as well as appropriate pathways for its development across a spectrum of stakeholders. These debates assume greater significance in the context of developing nations since harnessing the inherent potential of this transformational technology presumes the establishment of simultaneous capabilities to cutting-edge technological innovation as well as risk governance, regulation and public engagement in an environment challenged by limited resources, weak innovation systems and inadequate abilities for risk management.
This book seeks to examine developments, opportunities, concerns and challenges in nanotechnology from a developing country perspective raising complex questions and issues in the course of the responsible development of nanotechnology. It covers a range of issues such as potential R & D prospects, S&T capacities and innovation systems, issues of environment, health and safety, risk and regulatory preparedness, and prospective socio-economic and ethical repercussions, with a focus on Indian developments. Based on half a decade of interdisciplinary research and informed by multi-stakeholder insights on the aforementioned aspects, it proposes options for effective and inclusive governance for nanotechnology in India
- Through its chapters, this publication explores the landscape of nanotechnology developments in India and also examines the opportunities, concerns, and challenges that this socially transformative technology can present from a developing country perspective.
- It covers themes as diverse as potential R&D prospects, innovation frameworks, risk governance and regulation, S&T capability, and multi-level governance offering various options and imperatives for India’s effective engagement with this technology.
- Describes the need to enhance national capacities to responsibly engage with nanotechnology in developing country contexts. The book describes a framework for inclusive and effective governance for nanotechnology in India.
- It is an outcome of research undertaken in an interdisciplinary manner with researchers from backgrounds as diverse as S&T, environmental science, science policy, law, social science, and economics. It was also informed by interactions with experts and a series of multiple stakeholder dialogues on various facets of nanotechnology development. This book therefore seeks to present to its audience a unique literary endeavor that reflects the holistic assessment of nanotechnology in all its dimensions, facilitating insights for the governance of nanotechnology in developing countries in its analysis.
Table of Contents
- Emerging Innovation Systems of Nanotechnology
- Nanotechnology Developments and Applications in Energy and Environment Sectors
- Environment, Health, and Safety Implications of Nanotechnology: Concerns for India
- Prospective socio-economic Implications of Nanotechnology for Commodity-dependent countries: An Exploratory Case Scenario
- Socio-ethical Risks in Nanotechnology
- Regulating the Risks of Nanotechnology: Issues for Inida
- Capabilities and Nanotechnology Development: Developing Country Perspectives
- Nanotechnology in India: A Case for Multi-level Governance