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Governing research through affects: the case of ecosystem services science

Abstract : Despite the abundant literature on transformation of research and the affective dimension of research practice, affective governing of research has not been documented to the same extent. To address this gap, we examine how scientific research can be affectively governed by research institutions. We focus on the case of ecosystem services science, an interdisciplinary field of research expected to lead to decisions capable of halting environmental degradation. Drawing on theoretical discussions bridging the concept of affect and the Foucauldian concept of government, we argue that affects can be mobilised as a technology of government in governing scientific practice. We identify three affective techniques used to govern ecosystem service research and discuss the limits of governing research through affects. Our analysis deepens the understanding of how academic work is transformed in the context of redefined relations between science and society.
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Lucas Brunet, Isabelle Arpin, Taru Peltola. Governing research through affects: the case of ecosystem services science. Science and public policy, Oxford University Press, 2019, 46 (6), pp.866-875. ⟨10.1093/scipol/scz035⟩. ⟨halshs-02157582⟩



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