Connecting Research on Social Issues in Nanotechnology: The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University
|Connecting Research on Social Issues in Nanotechnology: The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University
|Central to the emergence of new research topics is the creation of a research network. This paper looks at the creation of a network of researchers of social issues in nanotechnology and the role of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) in the creation of this network. While there has been US investment in societal research on nanotechnology, a debate exists about the extent to which a research community has been created through these investments. This paper uses three approaches to examine the extent to which CNS-ASU is associated with the development of a research network around the study of social issues in nanotechnology: geographic mapping of co-authors and citations of center publications, network analysis of co-authors of papers on social issues in nanotechnology, and a disciplinary analysis of these papers. The results indicate that there is an extensive network of co-authorships among researchers studying social issues in nanotechnology with CNS-ASU at the center of this network. The center’s publication reach expands beyond its formal geographic locations to encompass co-authors in nearly all US states and multiple countries. In addition, papers written by center members and affiliates integrate a diverse range of disciplines.
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