phone chat: Dan Sarewitz and Jane Flegal


Tuesday, Oct. 06, 2015

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In a brief phone chat recorded by the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment as part of a new series, Dr. Daniel Sarewitz, Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State Unviersity, chats with Jane Flegal, Graduate Student in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

They discuss the justification for public engagement on emerging technologies, the differences between public/science education as opposed to public deliberation, international accountability when it comes to climate engineering research, and legitimizing science through public engagement.

Referenced in the conversation

• “Public engagement can enhance science itself” – Sarewitz, Daniel. CRISPR: Science can’t solve it. Nature 522, 413–414 (25 June 2015) doi:10.1038/522413a
• Oxford Principles. Steve Rayner et al. –



Dr. Daniel Sarewitz is Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes & Professor of Science and Society at School of Life Sciences and School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.  His work focuses on revealing the connections between science policy decisions, scientific research and social outcomes. How does the distribution of the social benefits of science relate to the way that we organize scientific inquiry? What accounts for the highly uneven advance of know-how related to solving human problems? How do the interactions between scientific uncertainty and human values influence decision making? How does technological innovation influence politics? And how can improved insight into such questions contribute to improved real-world practice?


Jane Flegal is a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California at Berkeley, with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (STS). Her research examines contemporary dilemmas in energy and climate policy through the analytic lenses of STS, political science, and public policy. She studies the politics of science and expertise in the governance of unconventional natural gas development and climate engineering, and am particularly interested in understanding the co-production of regulatory science and new forms of environmental governance in uncertain and controversial contexts.