Social science research priorities related to genomics: The "bottom line" for the ESRC genomics scenarios project

Clement Bezold, Ian Miles

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Abstract

New technologies are posing new challenges to social science. Their very novelty also challenges the established methods that social research institutions have used to define their priorities. The UK's Economic and Social research Council (ESRC) confronted these challenges, in part, by commissioning a futures study. It engaged the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF) and the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC), to develop quickly a process for informing the choice of social science research priorities related to genomics. Four major reports were developed as background inputs to a scenario workshop process. As well as outlining a set of scenarios for the development of the genomics field, reports covered genomic applications, forecasts for drivers shaping genomics, and how the ESRC's "thematic priorities" might relate to developments in genomics in the coming years. With this input and using advanced "groupware", the scenario workshop identified five priority areas focused on how research should be conducted and 11 priority topics for what research is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-42
Number of pages6
JournalForesight
Volume4
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Forecasting
  • Research
  • Research organizations
  • Social sciences

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