Wiebe Bijker

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Many scientists feel that scientific outcomes are not sufficiently taken into account in policy-making. The research reported in this paper shows what happens with scientific information during such a process. In 2001 the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management commissioned their regional office in Limburg to assess how flood(More)
Technology matters. Bicycles were instrumental in the political and social emancipation of women (Bijker 1995); photo and film technology induced a subtle form of apartheid (Wajcman 2005); nuclear arms and energy shaped, for example through the non-proliferation treaty, international relations since the 1950s (Smit 2005); the low-hanging overpasses on Long(More)
Controlled human malaria infections are clinical trials in which healthy volunteers are deliberately infected with malaria under controlled conditions. Controlled human malaria infections are complex clinical trials: many different groups and institutions are involved, and several complex technologies are required to function together. This functioning(More)
In this address to the president’s plenary at the 2001 annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the author reflected on then recent international events and their possible implications for the research and teaching agendas of the social studies of science, technology, and medicine. He proposed the political(More)
What do scientific advisory boards such as the Health Council of the Netherlands get their authority from? How does the Council ensure that its advice is incorporated into policy and into the practices at which the advice is directed? A frequently heard answer to this question is: by describing 'the state of knowledge' as optimally as possible. However,(More)
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