Mapping the ethical landscape of carbon capture and storage

Philip Boucher, Clair Gough

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This article describes a method of scoping for potential ethical contentions within a resource constrained research environment where actor participation and bottom-up analysis is precluded. Instead of reverting to a top-down analytical structure, a data-led process is devised. This imitates a bottom-up analytic structure in the absence of the direct participation of actors, culminating in the construction of a map of the ethical landscape; a high-resolution ethical matrix of coded interpretations of various actors' ethical framings of the technology. Despite its limitations, which are discussed, the map can subsequently support the identification of areas where ethical contentions may be raised. Here, the method is described with reference to the construction and analysis of a map of the ethical landscape of carbon capture and storage technology. Taken as a preliminary stage of a larger study, it can support the design and initiation of more sophisticated analyses which may integrate stronger bottom-up participation and facilitate a reflective, deliberative process amongst actors. © 2012 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-270
Number of pages21
JournalPoiesis und Praxis
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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