Associate Professor Matthew Kearnes

Associate Professor
School of Humanities & Languages

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9385 1010
Room 317, Morven Brown
Fields: Human Geography, Social Theory, Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology

Matthew Kearnes is an ARC Future Fellow and member of the Environmental Humanities group, in the School of Humanities and Languages

Matthew completed his BSc (honours) in Human Geography at Macquarie University and his PhD at the University of Newcastle. Before arriving at UNSW he held post-doctoral positions at the Department of Geography at the Open University and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Most recently he held a Research Council’s UK Academic Fellowship at the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Department of Geography, Durham University.

Matthew's research is situated between the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), human geography and contemporary social theory. His current work is focused on the social and political dimensions of nanotechnology and synthetic biology, climate change and society, and the social and political dimensions of climate modification and geoengineering. His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council. Leverhulme Trust, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the European Commission and the UK Government.

In addition to his ARC Future Fellowship, Matthew is currently a CI on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. In this role Matthew is leading a research programme on the social dimensions of bio-nanotechnologies. Matthew is also a CI on the National Demonstration and Engagement Programme (Australian Water Recyling Centre ofr Excellence). In collaboration with Prof. Judy Motion (Humanities and Languages, UNSW), Matthew has lead an award-winning study of the public understandings of recycled water.

Matthew is also a foundation member of the Governing Emergencies Network funded by the Leverhulme Foundation.

He holds editorial positions with Science as Culture and Environmental Humanities. He is also a member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), the Science and Democracy Network and the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network.

Research

Matthew Kearnes is a member of the Environmental Humanities group, in the School of Humanities

Matthew completed his BSc (honours) in Human Geography at Macquarie University and his PhD at the University of Newcastle. Before arriving at UNSW he held post-doctoral positions at the Department of Geography at the Open University and the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Most recently he held a Research Council’s UK Academic Fellowship at the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Department of Geography, Durham University.

Matthew's research is situated between the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), environmental sociology and contemporary social theory. His current work is focused on the social and political dimensions of nanotechnology and synthetic biology, climate change and society, and the social and political dimensions of climate modification and geoengineering. His research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the European Commission and the UK Government.

He holds editorial positions with Science as Culture and Environmental Humanities. He is also a member of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), the Science and Democracy Network and the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network.

 

 
 

Publications

    Books

    • Chilvers J; Kearnes MB, (eds.), 2016, Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN
    • Kearnes MB;Klauser FR;Lane SN, 2012, Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119962748

    Book Chapters

    • Kearnes MB, 2016, 'Knowing and not knowing climate change: pedagogy for a new dispensation', in Hall S; LeMenager S; Siperstein S (ed.), Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, Routledge, Abingdon Oxon, pp. 37 - 45
    • Chilvers J;Kearnes M, 2016, 'Science, democracy and emergent publics', in Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics, pp. 1 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203797693
    • Chilvers J;Kearnes M, 2016, 'Remaking participation: Towards reflexive engagement', in Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics, pp. 261 - 288, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203797693
    • Chilvers J;Kearnes M, 2016, 'Participation in the making: Rethinking public engagement in co-productionist terms', in Remaking Participation: Science, Environment and Emergent Publics, pp. 31 - 63, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203797693
    • Kearnes M, 2015, 'Miraculous engineering and the climate emergency: Climate modification as divine economy', in Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, pp. 219 - 237
    • Lane SN;Klauser FR;Kearnes MB, 2012, 'Conclusion: Reflections on 'Critical' Risk Research', in Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics, pp. 219 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119962748.ch11
    • Kearnes MB;Klauser FR;Lane SN, 2012, 'Preface', in Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119962748
    • Kearnes MB, 2012, 'Technologies of Risk and Responsibility: Attesting to the Truth of Novel Things', in Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics, pp. 125 - 147, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119962748.ch7
    • Kearnes MB;Klauser FR;Lane SN, 2012, 'Introduction: Risk Research after Fukushima', in Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119962748.ch1
    • Kearnes M;Klauser F;Lane S, 2012, 'Risk Research after Fukushima', in Lane SN; Klauser FR; Kearnes MB (ed.), Critical Risk Research: Practices, Politics and Ethics, edn. Original, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 1 - 20
    • Davies SR;Kearnes M;Macnaghten P, 2010, 'Nanotechnology and Public Engagement: A New Kind of (Social) Science?', in Kjolberg KL; Wickson F (ed.), NANO MEETS MACRO: SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES ON NANOSCALE SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGIES, PAN STANFORD PUBLISHING PTE LTD, pp. 473 - 499, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000289061000026&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Kearnes M, 2010, 'The Time of Science: Deliberation and the "New Governance" of Nanotechnology', in Kaiser M; Kurath M; Maasen S; RehmannSutter C (ed.), GOVERNING FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES, edn. Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook, SPRINGER, pp. 279 - 301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-2834-1_15
    • Wienroth M;Kearnes M, 2010, 'Science policy as discourse: the governance of nanotechnology in the United Kingdom', in Feideler U; Coenen C; Davies S; Ferrari A (ed.), Understanding Nanotechnology: Philosophy, Policy and Publics, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Heidelberg, pp. 101 - 120
    • Davies S;Macnaghten P;Kearnes M, 2010, 'Narrative and public engagement: some findings from the DEEPEN project', in von Schomberg R; Davies S (ed.), Understanding Public Debate on Nanotechnologies: Options For Framing Public, European Commission, Brussels, pp. 13 - 29
    • Kearnes M;Doubleday R, 2010, 'United Kingdom', in SAGE Encyclopaedia of Nanoscience and Society, SAGE, London
    • Degen M;Whatmore S;Hinchliffe S;Kearnes M, 2010, 'The urban green: passionate involvements with urban natures', in Miles M; Degen M (ed.), Culture & Agency, University of Plymouth Press, Plymouth, pp. 62 - 82
    • Kearnes M;Rip A, 2009, 'The emerging governance landscape of nanotechnology', in Gammel S; Lösch A; Nordmann A (ed.), Jenseits von Regulierung: Zum politischen Umgang mit der Nanotechnologie, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Berlin
    • Kearnes M, 2009, 'Nanotechnology and the constitution of the social', in Gammel S; Ferrari, A (ed.), Visions of Nanotechnology, Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Berlin
    • Hinchliffe S;Kearnes M;Degen M;Whatmore S, 2008, 'Urban wild things: a cosmopolitical experiment', in Contemporary Movements in Planning Theory: 3, Ashgate, pp. 501 - 516, http://aldershot/

    Journal articles

    Reports

    • Motion J;Kearnes MB, 2014, Water Recycling and Media: Guidelines for Communication, Report of the National Demonstration, Education & Engagement Program, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence & the University of New South Wales, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence
    • Kearnes MB;Motion J;Beckett J, 2014, Australian Water Futures: Rethinking Community Engagement, Report of the National Demonstration, Education & Engagement Program, University of New South Wales
    • Kearnes MB;Motion J, 2014, Water Recycling and the Public: Guidelines for Community Engagement, Report of the National Demonstration, Education & Engagement Program, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence & the University of New South Wales, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence
    • Miller G;Kearnes M, 2013, Nanotechnology, Ubiquitous Computing and The Internet of Things: Challenges to Rights to Privacy and Data Protection, Council of Europe, Strasbourg
    • Kearnes M;Wienroth M, 2011, A New Mandate? Research Policy in a Technological Socoety, Durham University, Durham
    • Davies S;Kearnes M;Macnaghten P, 2009, Reconfiguring Responsibility: Lessons for Public Policy, Durham University, Durham, http://www.geography.dur.ac.uk/Projects/Portals/88/Publications/Reconfiguring%20Responsibility%20September%202009.pdf
    • Kearnes M;Macnaghten P;Wilsdon J, 2006, Governing at the Nanoscale: People, Policies and Emerging Technologies, Demos, London
    • Grove-White R;Kearnes M;Macnaghten P;Wynne B, 2006, Public Perceptions and Community Issues: Nuclear Power Project, Sustainable Development Commission, London
    • Hinchliffe S;Kearnes M;Degen M;Whatmore S, 2004, Living Cities: A New Agenda for Urban Natures, Open University, Milton Keynes

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I am not currently teaching at undergraduate level. 

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