This course (from autumn 2016) provides an overview of science communication and an exploration of recent issues that highlight its importance. Students complete the course with a theoretical understanding of science and public knowledge on the global stage and practical
I am interested in the direction that some engineering education is taking, to embrace other disciplines including the liberal arts, and how this may affect the future careers of engineers. This includes an interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. Indicative publications:
Drawing on traditional concepts in sociology, I attempt to understand how a ‘sense of community’ can be constructed and maintained in the contemporary world. I conducted an in-depth study of one such community, contemporary British Pagans, in the early 2000s.
This research focuses on engaging non-experts with professional researchers. I helped to introduce the science communication format of Science Cafes (Cafe Scientifique) into Japan in the mid-2000s. Indicative publications include: Sipping Science: The Interpretative Flexibility of Science Cafés in Denmark