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Mapping the Dynamics of Emergent Technologies (MDET)

Project description

The MDET project aims to deepen our understanding of how new technologies emerge. Technologies are developed in distributed epistemic networks that align and misalign to varying degrees. In the case of emergent fields, desirable technological developments are often hindered as a result of viagra more drug uses this lack of alignment. Hence there is a role for public policy for supporting the coordination of the networks.

The research combines quantitative methods for analysing social and cognitive networks using publication data, qualitative methods to capture institutional developments and  novel mixed qualitative-quantitative approaches to investigate the visions, values and shared expectations of the researchers.

MDET is a joint project by SPRU (University of Sussex), ASCOR (University of Amsterdam), and IFRIS (University of Paris-Est), funded by the ESRC and the ANR under the Open Research Area call.








Research Team

Michael Hopkins (PI)                       Loet Leydesdorff (Univ. of Amsterdam)                       Paul Nightingale
Ismael Rafols (former PI)                       Tommaso Ciarli
                      Andy Stirling  
                        Daniele Rotolo


Project Outputs

Journal articles

Book chapters

      • Cattani G, Rotolo D (2013) An exploratory study of the role of publishing inventors in nanotechnology. In Understanding the Relationship between Networks and TechnologyCreativity and Innovation Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitive Strategy 13Aharonson B., Stettner U., Amburgey T.L., Ellis S., and Drori I (eds), Emerald.

Conference proceedings

General presentations

      • Rotolo D, Rafols I, Hopkins MM, Leydesdorff L (2013) Scientometric mapping for tentative governance of emerging technologies. Data Science, Tech Mining and Innovation, Manchester (UK), 6 November 2013.
      • Ciarli T, Rafols I (2013) The Trajectory of Rice Seed Technology: Exploring CAB Direct. 3rd Global TechMining Conference Georgia Tech, Atlanta (US), 25 September 2013.
      • Rotolo D, Rafols I, Hopkins MM, Leydesdorff L (2013) Mapping the de facto governance in the case of emerging science and technologies. Atlanta Conference, Atlanta (US), 25-28 September 2013.
      • Rafols I, Ciarli T, Van Zwanenberg P, Stirling A (2012) Towards indicators for opening up S&T policy. The Governance of a Complex World Conference, Nice (France), November 2012.
      • Rotolo D, Hopkins MM, Rafols I (2012) Knowledge dynamics in the emergence of a new technology: A multi-perspective analysis on the case of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) molecular diagnostic tests. EASST/4S Joint Conference, Copenhagen (Denmark), 17-21 September 2012.
      • Leydesdorff L, Rotolo D, Rafols I (2012) Bibliometric perspectives on medical innovation using the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of PubMed. EASST/4S Joint Conference, Copenhagen (Denmark), 17-21 September 2012.
      • Ciarli T, Rafols I, Rotolo D (2012) The trajectory is on the map, but we miss the pathways. EASST/4S Joint Conference, Copenhagen (Denmark), 17-21 September 2012
      • Hopkins MM (2012) The emergence of TPMT testing (2012). EASST/4S Joint Conference, Copenhagen (Denmark), 17-21 September 2012
      • Cattani G, Rotolo D, Messeni Petruzzelli A (2012) Bridging science and technology: The connecting role of author-inventors. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston (USA), 3-7 August 2012.
      • Hopkins MM (2012) The mapping the emergence of genetic testing technologies. Workshop on viagra rx personalised medicine at CESaGEN.
      • Ciarli T, Rafols I, Rotolo D (2012) The trajectory is on the map, but we miss the pathways. Frontier Research in Economic and canadian phamacy cialis Social History (FRESH) Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa (Italy), 19 April 2012
      • Rafols I, Hopkins MM, Leydesdorff L (2011) Diffusion and network formation of emerging technologies: The case of RNA interference. SNET (Society for the study of Nanoscience and Emergence Technologies) Conference, Phoenix, November 2011.
      • Rafols, I (2011) Opening-up versus closing down using bibliometric tools. University of Tokyo, Innovation Policy Research Center (invited by Yuya Kajikawa), Tokyo (Japan), October 2011.



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