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Reference Number ES/E019498/1
Title Between techno-nationalism and cosmopolitan innovation: governance and ethics as factors in UK-China R&D collaboration
Status Completed
Energy Categories OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 35%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 50%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Distinguished Professor J (John ) Urry
No email address given
Lancaster University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 July 2007
End Date 31 December 2009
Duration 30 months
Total Grant Value £292,324
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region North West
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Distinguished Professor J (John ) Urry , Sociology, Lancaster University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor B (Brian ) Wynne , Sociology, Lancaster University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Research Partner in China (0.000%)
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Abstract China in 2007 is the worlds largest technocracy. The Chinese innovation system has its weaknesses but excels at the rapid mobilisation of resources. It is now at an early stage in the most ambitious programme of research investment since John F Kennedy embarked on the moon race. Against this backdrop, policymakers in Europe and the US are increasingly concerned about the quality of research links with China. Some regard China's growing capabilities as a threat to competitiveness. But the rise of China also creates new opportunities for collaboration. As Chinas innovation capabilities grow, a central question is whether techno-nationalism will gather momentum, or whether the impulse towards global collaboration will prove stronger. Recent analysis of cosmopolitanism offers useful resources to these debates. A 'cosmopolitan vision' holds the promise of innovation in pursuit of global goods (for example, environmental protection and poverty reduction) whilststill valuing the distinctiveness of national cultures. This project explores the relationship between innovation, ethics, governance and sustainability within UK-China collaborative research networks. Through interviews and case studies, it will look in detail at three domains of innovation: agriculture, energy and mobility. The project runs for thirty months, beginning in July 2007.
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