A Public Trial De Novo: Rethinking “Industrial Interests”

Jane Bjørn Vedel, Christopher Gad

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This article addresses the concept of “industrial interests” and examines its role in a topical controversy about a large research grant from a private foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, to the University of Copenhagen. The authors suggest that the debate took the form of a “public trial” where the grant and close(r) intermingling between industry and public research was prosecuted and defended. First, the authors address how the grant was framed in the media. Second, they redescribe the case by introducing new “evidence” that, because of this framing, did not reach “the court.” The article ends with a discussion of some implications of the analysis, including that policy making, academic research, and public debates might benefit from more detailed accounts of interests and stakes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)506-517
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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