At Undaunted - a partnership between Imperial's Grantham Institute and The Royal Institution - we're fostering a climate innovation ecosystem to enable the creation and scale-up of solutions to the climate challenge.
I'm also developing research into UK radical science – its history, legacies and relevance today. Find out more via this seminar, which I gave in June 2023 as part of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication Seminar Series.
Abstract: What was the influence of 1960s countercultural radical politics on the world of academic science? Some scientists – including those who were members of the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science (BSSRS), active between the late 1960s-early 1990s – were motivated to examine the relationship between their roles as objective scientists and their personal feelings about the consequences of their profession beyond academia. In this talk I explore how the notion of ‘socialist libertarianism’ influenced BSSRS’s visions for science and society, and the complex and intrinsic challenges that this ideological perspective demands. How did radical scientists address questions such as: in a socialist society how should fundamental decisions be made about how science is funded, organised, practiced, and used; where should state regulation come in; what are the roles and responsibilities of the individual; how is the concept of individual freedom realised in relation to a socialist science? What lessons can we learn?