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Alan Irwin is a Professor in the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School. From 2015 to 2018, he was also the Vice-President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Between 2007 and 2014, he was Dean of Research at CBS. He was in addition 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 appointments at Manchester and at Brunel University. 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. He has an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg.

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 current research focuses on research and innovation policy.

Primary research areas

•    Research and innovation policy
•    Science and Technology Studies
•    Scientific governance

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Fundamentals of social theory’ – BSc Business Administration and Sociology

‘Organizational Behaviour’ – BSc International Business

‘Strategisk ledelse i et governance perspektiv’ – Master of Public Governance

Selected publications

Vedel, J. and Irwin, A., ‘”This is what we got, what would you like?”: aligning and unaligning academic-industry relations.’ Social Studies of Science. Vol.47(3), 2017: 417-438.

Irwin, A., Jensen, T.E., and Jones, K.E., ‘The good, the bad and the perfect: criticizing engagement practice.’ Social Studies of Science. Vol.43(1), 2013: 119-136.

Horst, M. and Irwin, A., ‘Nations at Ease with Radical Knowledge: on consensus, consensusing and false consensusness.’ Social Studies of Science. Vol.40(1), 2010: 105-126.

Irwin, A. ‘The politics of talk: coming to terms with the “new” scientific governance.’ Social Studies of Science. Vol.36(2), 2006: 299-320.

Hagendijk, R. and Irwin, A., ‘Public deliberation and governance: engaging with science and technology in contemporary Europe.’ Minerva. Vol.44(2), 2006: 167-184.

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Alan Irwin / A Fine Diagnosis, but What about the Cure?
In: Issues in Science and Technology, Vol. 37, No. 2, 2021, p. 10-11
Adam Lindgreen (Editor) ; Alan Irwin (Editor) ; Flemming Poulfelt (Editor) ; Thyra Uth Thomsen (Editor) / How to Lead Academic Departments Successfully
Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2021, 400 p. (How To Guides)
Anthology > peer review
Alan Irwin; Jane Bjørn Vedel; Signe Vikkelsø / Isomorphic Difference : Familiarity and Distinctiveness in National Research and Innovation Policies.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 50, No. 4, 5.2021
Journal article > peer review
Aixa Aleman-Diaz; Signe Vikkelsø; Jane Bjørn Vedel; Alan Irwin; Julia Kirch Kirkegaard; Xiaobai Shen; Xuan Li / National Science and Innovation Policy : Between Curiosity, Market, and Mission .
Abstract from EU-SPRI, 2021
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Alan Irwin / Risk, Science and Public Communication : Third-order Thinking about Scientific Culture.
In: Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology. ed. /Massimiano Bucchi; Brian Trench. Abingdon : Routledge 2021, p. 147-162
Book chapter > peer review
Alan Irwin / Teaching and Learning with our Colleagues : The Associate Professor Development Programme at Copenhagen Business School.
In: Handbook of Teaching and Learning at Business Schools: A Practice-based Approach. . ed. /Thyra Uth Thomsen; Adam Lindgreen; Annemette Kjærgaard; Eleri Rosier; Aybars Tuncdogan. : Edward Elgar Publishing 2021
Book chapter > peer review
Alan Irwin; Tara Qian Sun / Transformative Innovation Policy : A Case-study from China.
In: Innovation and Development Policy , Vol. 3, No. 1, 2021, p. 21-37
Journal article > peer review
Alan Irwin / The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again
San Francisco : Medium 15.8.2020
Net publication - Internet publication
Ortwin Renn; Maria Baghramian; Massimo Capaccioli; Sarah de Rijcke; Kirsten Drotner; Louis Dubertret; Alan Irwin; Tadeusz Luty; Marja Makarow; Christina Moberg; Alexandru-Mihail Morega; Susan Elizabeth Owens; Nils-Eric Sahlin; Andy Stirling; Jeroen P. van der Sluijs; Dario Vretenar; Baruch Fischhoff; Andy Hart; Justin Parkhurst / Making Sense of Science for Policy under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty
Berlin : SAPEA 2019, 182 p. (Evidence Review Report, No. 6)
Report > peer review
Alan Irwin / Re-making 'Quality' within the Social Sciences : The Debate over Rigour and Relevance in the Modern Business School.
In: The Sociological Review, Vol. 67, No. 1, 1.2019, p. 194–209
Journal article > peer review
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