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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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Jane Bjørn Vedel; Alan Irwin; Peter Høngaard Andersen / Externalizing Research Through Adaptive Frameworks
In: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery, Vol. 12, No. 10, 2013, p. 723-724
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Alan Irwin; Torben Elgaard Jensen; Kevin E. Jones / The Good, the Bad and the Perfect : Criticizing Engagement Practice.
In: Social Studies of Science, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2013, p. 118-135
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Kevin E. Jones; Alan Irwin / Un espace d'engagement citoyen? : La participation profane et le changement institutionnel dans la gouvernance contemporaine des risques.
In: Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances , Vol. 7, No. 1, 2013, p. 145-171
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Alan Irwin / An Inside Job? : Contesting Business School Research.
Abstract from The 4S/EASST Joint Conference 2012, 2012
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Alan Irwin; Maja Horst / Mike Lynch : STS as (a Long) Vacation.
Abstract from The 4S/EASST Joint Conference 2012, 2012
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Mette Morsing; Alan Irwin; Dorte Salskov-Iversen / Business Schools in Society : The Distinctiveness of Diversity.
In: Business Schools and their Contribution to SocietyLondon : SAGE Publications 2011, p. 75-84
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Alan Irwin / Foreword
In: Transboundary Risk Governance. ed. /Rolf Lidskog; Linda Soneryd; Ylva Uggla. : Earthscan 2010, p. XIII-XVII (Earthscan Risk in Society Series)
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Maja Horst; Alan Irwin / Nations at Ease with Radical Knowledge : On Consensus, Consensusing and False Consensusness.
In: Social Studies of Science, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2.2010, p. 105-126
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Alan Irwin / Moving forwards or in circles? : Scientific communication and scientific governance in an age of innovation.
In: Investigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular Media. . ed. /R. Holliman; E. Whitelegg; E. Scanlon; E. Smidt; J. Thomas. Oxford : Oxford University Press 2008, p. 3-17
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Alan Irwin / Risk, science and public communication : Third-order thinking about scientific culture.
In: Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology. ed. /Massimiano Bucchi; Brian Trench. : Routledge 2008, p. 199-212
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