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:
Engagement, disengagement and various publics
There is a long tradition in science communication of labeling individuals as either engaged or disengaged according to which mould they fit. In this project, I look at the theories behind the labels of engagement and disengagement, and I want to think more openly about the possibilities for engagement.
I am especially interested in coming with better ways to think about the public and about how to interact with various audiences.
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.