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Record number 445122
Title The views of experts and the public regarding societal preferences for innovation in nanotechnology
Author(s) Gupta, N.
Source University. Promotor(en): Lynn Frewer, co-promotor(en): Arnout Fischer; Frans Kampers. - Wageningen : Wageningen UR - ISBN 9789461737625 - 175
Department(s) Marketing and Consumer Behaviour
Food & Biobased Research
Publication type Dissertation, internally prepared
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) nanotechnologie - aanvaardbaarheid - innovatie adoptie - innovaties - deskundigen - consumenten - attitudes - opinies - voedselproductie - consumentengedrag - voedselacceptatie - nanotechnology - acceptability - innovation adoption - innovations - experts - consumers - opinions - food production - consumer behaviour - food acceptability
Categories Consumer Studies (General)
Abstract Nanotechnology represents an emerging technology with varied application areas. It has been identified as the next scientific breakthrough with potential for positive impacts for society. The development and application of emerging technologies has been shown to be contingent upon societal responses to those technologies and their applications. Socio-psychological factors will potentially influence societal responses to nanotechnology, and play an important role in its development and commercialisation. The views of both experts and the general public regarding societal preferences for innovations in nanotechnology will be important in identifying which applications will be commercialised. If expert views regarding the determinants of societal acceptability do not align with those held by the general public, applications that consumers will reject may be introduced early in the commercialisation trajectory and focus public opinion on the negative aspects of nanotechnology. Conversely, applications which are acceptable to consumers may never be commercialised if experts perceive that consumers are likely to reject them. This thesis identifies and describes factors influencing societal response to nanotechnology by incorporating views from experts and the general public. Three research approaches were utilised. The first focussed on reviewing previous scientific research into the socio-psychological factors that influence public acceptance of new technologies. The second focussed on identifying and quantifying expert views on the factors that will influence societal acceptance or rejection of nanotechnology. The third tested whether the different factors do, in fact, drive public opinion.
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