Can do-it-yourself laboratories open up the science, technology, and innovation research system to civil society? - Archive ouverte HAL Access content directly
Journal Articles Technological Forecasting and Social Change Year : 2020

Can do-it-yourself laboratories open up the science, technology, and innovation research system to civil society?

(1)
1

Abstract

This paper deals with the potentialities for do-it-yourself (DIY) labs to open up the research and innovation system to citizen participation. DIY labs are spaces where academics and civil society stakeholders can gather to experiment with alternative research and innovation practices. I hypothesize that these collaborative practices are facilitated by intermediations. My results draw on the literature and on extensive field work in French DIY labs, also called fablabs, (bio)hackerspaces, makerspaces or third places. First, I discuss the relationship between DIY labs, epistemic communities and citizen participation. Second, I compare two situations of collaborative practices in maker communities. I show that managing the inclusion of non-experts in these technology-oriented communities requires a set of activities which need to be coordinated by an intermediary agent and are often distributed among community members. Third, I conclude that intermediations play a key role in transforming technology-centered into socio-centered DIY labs. In socio-centered set-ups, technical experts and practitioners from the groups concerned (users, patients, residents, etc.), collaborate thanks to intermediary agents. Intermediations are a pre-requisite for DIY labs to open up the research and innovation system to civil society.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
S0040162520310520.pdf (221.95 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Files produced by the author(s)

Dates and versions

hal-03166979 , version 1 (30-08-2022)

Licence

Attribution - NonCommercial - CC BY 4.0

Identifiers

Cite

Evelyne Lhoste. Can do-it-yourself laboratories open up the science, technology, and innovation research system to civil society?. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2020, 161, ⟨10.1016/j.techfore.2020.120226⟩. ⟨hal-03166979⟩
49 View
5 Download

Altmetric

Share

Gmail Facebook Twitter LinkedIn More