Biofuel Technology and Controversy (Sep 2007 - Dec 2010)

Critical realist philosophy is deployed to develop a dialectical conceptualisation of technology and controversy, including a close-range semiotic examination of the relationship between technological objects and their understandings.

This conceptualisation is mobilised in an empirical exploration of biofuel technology and the biofuel controversy in the UK.  The insufficient public vocabulary for the wide range of objects collectively referred to as 'biofuel' is found to provide a partial explanation for the emergence of the controversy.

Duration: September 2007 - December 2010

Funder: Supergen Biomass and Bioenergy Consortia

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