Fabian's Research
Science is not value neutral, quite the contrary. We make value judgements about what is good or bad science; because it costs money to carry out scientific research, we have to value it relative to other things we could be spending out money on; and, most importantly, most of our social decisions (think health, environmental, etc) occur at the intersection between science and value. My research focuses on this intersection. Here are the three main areas I am working on:

Making Economics Public
I want to answer the question: how is economics perceived and communicated in science-dominated issues.
As part of this research, I am looking at how economics has been popularized and been made public, and how this compares to the public understand of science movement.
Communicating economics as part of science communication is essential, especially if we want to communicate with decision and policy makers.

Medvecky, F. (2014). “Sinking our teeth into public policy economics: A taste of immortality” in Whitman, G. and Dow, J. (Eds). Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD

Ethics and Science Communication
Science Communication is often assumed to be a (morally) good thing to do. More knowledge is better than less knowledge, right? But is that always true? Not all science is unquestioningly good (think biological weapons) and some of our scientific knowledge is not necessarily so morally praiseworthy. So when is science communication morally good? And how do we act ethically as science communicators?
Science, publics and and participation
Science, technology and innovation are ubiquitous in our society. In many cases, science tech and innovation is something that gets presented to the public as a finished product. But who is this “public” and how does it (do they) interact with science. When is the public invited in to science, and what kind of “science” is the public invited to participate in?
Recent Publications
Medvecky, F & Leach, J. (in press), Is it time for an ethics of science communication. Journal of Science Communication

Medvecky, F (in Press), Fairness in knowing: Science communication and epistemic justice. Science and Engineering Ethics

Medvecky, F. & Macknight, V. (2017). Building the economic-public relationship: learning from science communication and science studies. Journal of Science Communication 16 (02), A01

Burns, M. and Medvecky, F. (2016) The disengaged in science communication: How not to count audiences and publics, Public Understanding of Science, 1-13

de Saille, S. and Medvecky, F. (2016), Innovation for a Steady State: A Case for Responsible Stagnation, Economy and Society 45(1)

Medvecky, F. (2016). “The Cost of Being Known: Economics, Science Communication and Epistemic Justice” in James H. Collier (ed). The Future of Social Epistemology: A Collective Vision, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD

Medvecky, F. (2015) “Knowing From Others: A Review of Knowledge on Trust and A Critical Introduction to Testimony.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4, no. 9: 11-12.

Hine, A., & Medvecky, F. (2015). Unfinished science in museums: A push for critical science literacy. Journal of Science Communication, 14(2), 1-14.

Medvecky, F. (2015) Transgressions and the Scientific Knower. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 4(2) 37-41.

Medvecky, F. (2014). Valuing the environment in conservation economics: conceptual and structural barriers, Ethics & the Environment, 19(2)

Medvecky, F. (2014). “Sinking our teeth into public policy economics: A taste of immortality” in Whitman, G. and Dow, J. (Eds). Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD

Medvecky, F & Leach, J. (2013) “The Ethics of Distributing Scientific Knowledge: Epistemic and Ethical Injustices in Context”, in Goodwin, J., Dahlstrom, M. and Priest, S. (eds) Ethical Issues in Science Communication: A Theory-Based Approach, Science Communication Project, Ames, IA

Medvecky, F. (2013) “Economics, Science and the Spandrels of San Marco”, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, Vol. 3, No. 1, 20-22

Medvecky, F., Lacey, J., & Ashworth, P. (2013). “Examining the Role of Carbon Capture and Storage Through an Ethical Lens”. Science and Engineering Ethics, 1-18.

Medvecky, F. (2012). “Valuing environmental costs and benefits in an uncertain future: risk aversion and discounting”. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 5(1), 1-23.

Parris, K. M., McCall, S. C., McCarthy, M. A., Minteer, B. A., Steele, K., Bekessy, S., & Medvecky, F. (2010). “Assessing ethical trade-offs in ecological field studies”. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(1), 227-234.

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