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Alan Irwin is a Professor in the Department of Organization and Vice-President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation since 2015, both at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). From 2007-14, he was Dean of Research at CBS. He was also Acting President during 2011. Previously, he was Professor of Science and Technology Policy, and Dean of Social and Environmental Studies, at the University of Liverpool. His PhD is from the University of Manchester and he has held previous appointments at Manchester and at Brunel University. Currently, he is a member of the Strategy Advisory Board for the UK Global Food Security Programme. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and an Honorary Fellow of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Alan Irwin has published over a number of years on issues of science and technology policy, scientific governance, environmental sociology and science-public relations. His books include: Risk and the Control of Technology (1985), Citizen Science (1995), Sociology and the Environment (2001) and (with Mike Michael) Science, Social Theory and Public Knowledge (2003). He was co-editor (with Brian Wynne) of Misunderstanding Science? (1996). In 2009 Alan Irwin was awarded the David Edge prize for best paper in science and technology studies. He was part of the group which received the John Ziman prize in 2014 for the ESF report Science in Society: caring for our futures in turbulent times (chaired by Ulrike Felt).

Publications & dissemination
Alan Irwin / If the Indicator Game is the Answer, Then What is the Question?
In: Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, Vol. 3, 2017, p. 64-72
Journal article
Alan Irwin; Maja Horst / Communicating Trust and Trusting Science Communication : Some Critical Remarks.
In: Journal of Science Communication, Vol. 15, No. 6, 2016, 5 p.
Alan Irwin; Maja Horst / Engaging in a Decentred World : Overflows, Ambiguities, and the Governance of Climate Change.
In: Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics. . ed. /Jason Chilvers; Matthew Kearnes. Abingdon : Routledge 2016, p. 64-80
Book chapter
Jane Bjørn Vedel; Alan Irwin / Misalignment and Alignment in Academic-Industry Collaboration and Research Policy
Paper presented at 4S/EASST Conference 2016, 2016
Alan Irwin / Citizen Science and Scientific Citizenship : Same Words Different Meanings?.
In: Science Communication Today: Current Strategies and Means of Action . . ed. /Berhand Schiele; Joëlle Le Marec; Patrick Baranger. : Nancy Université 2015, p. 29-38
Book chapter
Jane Bjørn Vedel; Alan Irwin / Misaligned Co-Production : A Framework for Exploring Academic-Industry Relations.
Abstract from Annual Meeting Society for Social Studies of Science 2015, 2015
Conference abstract for conference
Alan Irwin / On the Local Constitution of Global Futures : Science and Democratic Engagement in a Decentred World.
In: Nordic Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2015, p. 24-32
Journal article
Alan Irwin / Science, Public Engagement with
In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. ed. /James D. Wright. Amsterdam : Elsevier Science 2015, p. 255–260
Encyclopedia chapter
Maja Horst; Alan Irwin / Succeeding in a European Research Environment : Eleven Lessons from Denmark.
In: The SAGE Handbook of Research Management. ed. /Robert Dingwall ; Mary Byrne McDonnell. London : Sage Publications, Incorporated 2015, p. 247-258
Book chapter
Alan Irwin / From Deficit to Democracy (Re-visited)
In: Public Understanding of Science, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1.2014, p. 71-76
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