Ethical Issues in Covert, Security and Surveillance Research

The multi-authored volume “Ethical Issues in Covert, Security and Surveillance Research” edited by Ron Iphofen and Dónal O’ Mathúna has been released in December 2021, in open access, by Emerald Publishing, in the series Advances in research ethics and integrity.
Prepared in the framework of the PRO-RES project funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 Programme, the volume strives to address some key issues related to the fields of surveillance, security, and covert research, which pose important ethical challenges to the research community, including funders and users In keeping with the orientation of the entire series, the authors approach the various topics with the intent of suggesting realistic solutions to ethical dilemmas. Each chapter, therefore, presents key issues in current debates, while offering pragmatic guidance for future research developments.
Among the authors, Alfonso Alfonsi and Maresa Berliri of Knowledge and Innovation authored the chapter “Science, Ethics and Responsible Research – the case of Surveillance”.

The volume is accessible here

K&I researchers contributing in a book on Covid-19

covid19 and governanceIn June 2021, the book “Covid-19 and Governance. Crisis reveals”, edited by Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Haeran Lim and Habibul Khondker has been published by Routledge publishing house. The book collects 24 papers that provides an overview of the many variables that contributed to shaping responses to the pandemic in different regional and national contexts all over the world. One of them, titled “Covid-19 and science: Italy and late modernity”, has been authored by Luciano d’Andrea and Andrea Declich, researchers at K&I.

It analyses how the relationships between science and society, and especially science and governments, evolved during the pandemic, using as an example the Italian case. The paper highlights the various problematic issues characterising these relationships and deepens their links with the broader transformations affecting contemporary societies in their shift from modernity to late modernity.

More information about the book can be found on the publisher’s website

Socialization of science and the Covid-19 pandemic

Luciano d’Andrea and Andrea Declich, researchers at K&I, took a lecture on “Socialization of science: the Covid-19 pandemic” on May 26, 2021, in the framework of the Global Studies Colloquium 2020/21, organised online by the University of California, Santa Barbara. The lecture focused on how science-society relationships are modifying, as a part of the broader shift from modernity to late modernity, using the case of the management of the Covid-19 pandemic as a case study. The lecture was attended by around 20 scholars from different disciplinary fields and regional contexts.

The recording of the lecture is available on the Global Studies Colloquium YouTube channel.