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I have broad interests in the nexus between science, risk and governance. My work focuses on issues relating to the nature of expert authority, and the role of experts in debates about environmental and technological risk. I work closely with the Science and Technology Studies (STS), and the Sociology of Knowledge literatures in this regard.
In previous work I have looked at engineering debates about testing, safety and regulation in the civil aviation and nuclear spheres. My current research focuses on the risks of complex technological infrastructures (particularly nuclear power), and on the technopolitics of environmental debates (particularly radiological pollution).
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1/04/21 → 30/04/24
Empires built on sand: On the fundamental implausibility of reactor safety assessments and the implications for nuclear regulationDowner, J. & Ramana, M. V., 31 Jan 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Regulation and Governance. 0, 0, p. 1-22 22 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile52 Downloads (Pure)
Downer, J., 13 Aug 2019, (E-pub ahead of print) Safety Science Research: Evolution, Challenges and New Directions. LeCoze, J-C. (ed.). 1 ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 11 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a bookFile154 Downloads (Pure)
Downer, J., 15 Jun 2018, Law and the Management of Disasters: The Challenge of Resilience. Herwig, A. & Simoncini, M. (eds.). Routledge, p. 42 60 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter in a book