- Dr Deborah Scott
- Research Fellow
- Science Technology and Innovation Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
- 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 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.
Governance of emerging science and technology; Science and technology studies synthetic biology Science policy knowledge politics international law
As part of the Engineering Life project, I am focusing on the governance of synthetic biology, specifically at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. I am also interested in the political theories underpinning Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) programmes, and exploring what RRI could be if based on alternative democratic theories, such as agonism. I am finding ways to connect all of this with my passion for outer space policy and law - if you are interested in joining our nascent Edinburgh network on the Social Dimensions of Outer Space, please contact me!
Find out more about the programmes that I am involved with:
Scott, Deborah (2016). Framing and Responding to Scientific Uncertainties: Biofuels and Synthetic Biology at the Convention on Biological Diversity. Jurimetrics 56(3): 245-260.
Scott, Deborah, Sarah Hitchner, Edward M. Maclin, & Juan Luis Dammert B. (2014). Fuel for the Fire: Biofuels and the Problem of Translation at CBD COP10. Global Environmental Politics 14(3): 84-101.
Chris Wold, Lucas Ritchie, Deborah Scott, & Matthew Clark (2004). The Inadequacy of the Citizen Submission Process of Articles 14 & 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. Loyola Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review 26, 389.
Bond, Molly & Deborah Scott (2016). “In an engineered world, who benefits from biological diversity?” The Guardian, Political Science blog.
Scott, Deborah (2015). Co-producing Soft Law and Uncertain Knowledge: Biofuels and Synthetic Biology at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. PhD Dissertation, Rutgers University.
Scott, D., Abdelhakim, D., Miranda, M., Höft, R. and Cooper, H.D. (2015). “Potential positive and negative impacts of components, organisms and products resulting from synthetic biology techniques on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and associated social, economic and cultural considerations." Part I of: Synthetic biology. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Montreal, Technical Series No. 82.
Schiele, S., Scott, D., Abdelhakim, D., Garforth, K., Gomez Castro, B., Schmidt, L. and Cooper, H.D. (2015) "Possible gaps and overlaps with the applicable provisions of the Convention, its Protocols and other relevant agreements related to components, organisms and products resulting from synthetic biology techniques." Part II of: Synthetic biology. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Montreal, Technical Series No. 82.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (unattributed sole author) (2014). Potential positive and negative impacts of components, organisms and products resulting from synthetic biology techniques on the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/18/INF/3.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (unattributed main author) (2014). New and Emerging Issues: Synthetic biology. UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/18/10.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (unattributed co-author) (2014). Synthetic biology: possible gaps and overlaps with the applicable provisions of the Convention and its Protocols. UNEP/CBD/SBSTTA/18/INF/4.
Ariel Blackthorne, Greg Block, Matthew Clark, Ellie Dawson, Rahna Epting, Rebecca Hoyt, Megan Lemire, Siwon Park, Lauren Posten, Lucus Ritchie, Brenda Roberts, Debby Scott, Lay-Ping Tan, and Chris Wold (2012). The Legislator’s Guide to International Trade Law: Legislating for Environmental Protection and Consumer Welfare. International Environmental Law Project.
Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (unattributed co-author) (2007). Factual Record: Ontario Logging Submission (SEM-02-001) and Ontario Logging II Submission (SEM-04-006). CEC, Montreal.