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Governing genes for climate change: analysing values and ideologies in Australia’s gene technology regulation

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posted on 28.03.2022, 14:24 by Sumit Salaria
This thesis analyses some of the multidimensional aspects of Australia’s gene technology regulation associated with the intended novel use of this technology. It demonstrates that deliberations about the commercial gene technology licenses have been deeply shaped by competing social and scientific paradigms associated with gene technology in Australia. The contentions between the social and scientific paradigms were in turn influenced by the personal interpretations, values, ideologies, and disciplinary knowledge held by the actors who were (directly or indirectly) involved in the regulation. By analysing the scholarly literature related to this multidisciplinary topic, I was able to demonstrate that the Australian gene technology framework favoured scientific concerns in comparison to broader social concerns as it fails to incorporate or adequately address the opinions of the GTECCC members and the Australian public (both lay and informed). The contentions amongst the social and scientific paradigms were further identified and analysed at the level of expert committee stakeholders by interviewing two members from the GTECCC and the GTTAC, respectively. The resulting discussions reflected the deep chasm that lay between the working of these two integral committees by elucidating the personal opinions and values of these two members


Table of Contents

Chapter One. Introduction -- Frames and methods. Chapter Two. Who, what and why : the need for an analysis Chapter Three. Methods and methodologies -- The sciences, specialisation and value. Chapter Four. Between the public and the decision makers Chapter Five. Contentions between decision makers -- Chapter Six. Summary and conclusions.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 72-79

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Geography and Planning

Department, Centre or School

Department of Geography and Planning

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Emily O'Gorman

Additional Supervisor 1

Andrew. McGregor


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Former Identifiers

mq:45450 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1077986