Research Subjects

1. Political Theory of Knowledge

Political theory of knowledge means to study the political nature of science and technology in the public sphere. Theoretically, a critical question in this field is how the science and technology themselves are political, rather than how they are related to the politics in the ordinary sense. And, the notion of "knowledge" should encompass not only the products and practice of science and technology but also those of so-called "local knowledge".

Theoretical Studies concerning the Public Sphere of Knowledge Politics:

Science as the Politics of "Meaning" (Cultural Studies of Science, Feminism Studies of Science).
* a product of this study is published in Japanese. (1999.2.)

Political Philosophy of Knowledge; Knowledge and Power.

Sociological Study of Regulatory Science and Policy:

US. Environmental Regulatory System.
* a product of this study is published in Japanese as a report to the Science and Technology Agency of Japan,
based on the research conducted by the Institute for the Policy Science. (2000.3.)

Science and the Precautionary Principle.

Sociological Study of the GMOs Controversy:

Analysis of the negotiation of the Biosafety Protocol of Convention on Biologocal Diversity.

Analysis of the Knowledge Politics in the "Consensus Conference on Genetically Modified Crops" organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery of Japan.

Sociological Study of Public Participation in Science and Technology

Analysis of the Yoshino River Movable Dam Problem.
* a paper on this subject was presented at the Joint conference of 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science)
and EASST (European Association for the Studies of Science and Technology) at Vienna University. (2000.10.)

Survey on the Community-based Research in Japan: : possibility of effective cooperation between public and experts.

2. Theory of Scientific Practice

Praxiological and socio-systemic understanding of scientific practice. It aims not to deconstruct but to reconstruct the notions such as "objectivity" and "contingency" of scientific knowledge, based on the critical concepts of the "materiality" and "performativity" of scientific practice.
* a product of this study will be published in Japanese in 2001 as a co-authored textbook of Science and Technology Studies.

Last modified: 3 March, 2003.