Science, Technology and Policy Analysis course, STPA
Doctoral Program - Engineering and Public Policy, EPP
IST Técnico, Lisboa


Faculty: Manuel Heitor, Joana Mendonça, Muriel Pádua and Eduardo Beira
This course is aimed to introduce doctoral students to science and technology policy research. It reviews and critically examines a set of problems, assumptions and analytical techniques that are common to research and policy analysis in science, technology and public policy.


2015/16 lectures by EB:



1. December 3
Science, technology and art: discovery and innovation


Assigned readings:
- Polanyi, M., “The Republic of Science: its political and economic impact” (1962) (here)
- Polanyi, M., “Science: academic and industrial” (1961) (here)
(Portuguese translations of both papers are available in the anthology I have published: see here
More about my works related to Michael Polany here).

  • Science, technology and art: discovery and innovation (slides)
  • Science and technology: a polanyian view (class note)
  • Science and technology, discovery and innovation: foundations and implications for public policy (class note)

See also: 
  • Polanyi in architecture: notes by a non architect (class note, 2013)
  • About art and architecture: a polanyian approach (slides, 2013)
  • Michael Polanyi, tacit dimension and indwelling (slides, presented in IN+ annual meeting, july 2013, Lisbon)

After the class, read also
- Gawande, A., "Slow ideas. Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don't?", New Yorker, 29 july 2013 (here)



2. December 10 
Technology, science and public policies: from miasma to tecnocracy

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Assigned readings:
- Feenberg, A., Between reason and experience. Essays in technology and modernity, MIT Press, 2010. Read chapter 5, "From information to communication: the French experience with Videotex" (available here)  
- Feenberg, A., "Science, Technology and Democracy: Distinctions and Connections" (2009, here) )(also chapter 2 of Feenberg, A., Tecnologia, modernidade e democracia, organized and translated by me, here)

  • Empirical evidence, theory building and public policy: from contagium to miasma to germs (slides)
  • Technocracy: political history (USA) (slides)


3. 25 may 2016
Complex engineering systems, decision making and industrialization: Aramis and BR APT

Summary and notes (here)