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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).

Curriculum Vitae
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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; Linda Soneryd / Innovating Futures
In: Abstracts: Third Nordic Science and Technology Conference. Gothenburg : Göteborg Universitet 2017, 1 p., p. 71
Conference abstract in proceedings
Alan Irwin / Mixing Oil and Water : On the Co-production of Professional and Disciplinary Goals in the Modern Business School.
In: The Corporatization of the Business School: Minerva Meets the Market. . ed. /Tony Huzzard; Mats Benner; Dan Kärreman. Abingdon : Routledge 2017, p. 217-233
Book chapter
Jane Bjørn Vedel; Alan Irwin / ‘This is what We Got, what would You Like?’ : Aligning and Unaligning Academic-industry Relations.
In: Social Studies of Science, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2017, p. 417–438
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
Maja Horst; Sarah R. Davies ; Alan Irwin / Reframing Science Communication
In: The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. ed. /Ulrike Felt; Rayvon Fouché; Clark A. Miller; Laurel Smith-Doerr. Cambridge, MA : MIT Press 2016, p. 881-907
Book chapter
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
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