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Deborah Scott

Deborah Scott
Dr Deborah Scott
Research Fellow
G.01 Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
+44(0)131 650 6345
Research Interests
Governance of emerging science and technology;, Science and technology studies, synthetic biology, Science policy, knowledge politics, international law

My academic background is in biology (BA, Goshen College), law (JD 2005, Lewis & Clark Law School), and human geography (PhD 2015, Rutgers University). My work experience has ranged from teaching outdoor environmental education in Indiana to practicing international environmental law in Washington, DC to analyzing agriculture and trade policy in Nairobi. Throughout, I have worked with various kinds of communities to identify their interests and engage with decision-making processes, in policy and legal forums as well as less formalized settings.

In my academic research, I have continued to explore the decision-making processes by which mechanisms of governance are developed and applied. I am interested in the specific knowledges that are drawn upon and produced in these processes, and how these ways of knowing shape institutions of governance.

In September 2015 I joined the Engineering Life project. I will be focusing on ideas of and perspectives on governance and their links to understandings of engineering within synthetic biology communities. I also hope to explore the relationships of synthetic biology and outer space science and policy.