I joined CPAS in July 2018 as Research Director and Reader. At CPAS, I am exploring the contribution that science communication research and practice can make to stimulating new conversations at the interface of science, innovation, democracy and global challenges. I have a background in the social studies of science and technology (STS) with a particular interest in collaborative research between science and social sciences.
I was previously Co-Director of Research at the Institute for Science and Society (ISS), University of Nottingham (UK). From 2016-18, I was Director of a large Research Programme funded by the UK's Leverhulme Trust, "Making Science Public: Challenges and Opportunities", and led by the University of Nottingham with partners in the University of Sheffield and the University of Warwick.In 2016-17, I led a transdisciplinary team of engineers, social scientists and NGOs in the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Nexus Network Project exploring lessons from bottom-up perspectives in urban Ghana for SDG Goal 7 on sustainable energy. My previous research on biofuels and small-scale energy systems was supported by the UK Biological and Biotechnological Research Council (BBSRC) and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
I have supervised 13 PhDs to date on a wide variety of topics in science, technology and society pertaining to the UK, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, India, Denmark and transnational settings. Like me, many of my students have come from a background in science or engineering before honing their skills in new ways of thinking and writing about science matters that the social sciences, writ large, have to offer.
- Roberson, T, Leach, J & Raman, S 2021, 'Talking about public good for the second quantum revolution: Analysing quantum technology narratives in the context of national strategies', Quantum Science and Technology, vol. 6, no. 2.
- O'Connor, R, Nel, J, Roux, D et al. 2021, 'The role of environmental managers in knowledge co-production: Insights from two case studies', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 116, pp. 188-195.
- Morris, C, Raman, S & Seymour, S 2019, 'Openness to Social Science Knowledges? The Politics of Disciplinary Collaboration within the Field of UK Food Security Research', Sociologia Ruralis, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 23-43.
- Levidow, L & Raman, S 2019, 'Metamorphosing waste as a resource: Scaling waste management by ecomodernist means', Geoforum, vol. 98, no. 1, pp. 108-122.
- Helliwell, R, Morris, C & Raman, S 2019, 'Can resistant infections be perceptible in UK dairy farming?', palgrave communications, vol. 5, pp. 1-9.
- Pearce, W, Mahony, M & Raman, S 2018, 'Science advice for global challenges: Learning from trade-offs in the IPCC', Environmental Science and Policy, vol. 80, pp. 125-131.
- Pearce, W, Grundmann, R, Hulme, M et al. 2017, 'Beyond Counting Climate Consensus', Environmental Communication, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 723-730.
- Jewitt, S & Raman, S 2017, 'Energy Poverty, Institutional Reform and Challenges of Sustainable Development: The Case of India', Progress In Development Studies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 173-185.
- Pearce, W, Grundmann, R, Hulme, M et al. 2017, 'A Reply to Cook and Oreskes on Climate Science Consensus Messaging', Environmental Communication, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 736-739.
- Morris, C, Helliwell, R & Raman, S 2016, 'Framing the agricultural use of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance in UK national newspapers and the farming press', Journal of Rural Studies, vol. 45, pp. 43-53.
- Shortall, O, Raman, S & Millar, K 2015, 'Are plants the new oil? Responsible innovation, biorefining and multipurpose agriculture', Energy Policy, vol. 86, pp. 360-368.
- Pearce, W, Raman, S & Turner, A 2015, 'Randomised trials in context: practical problems and social aspects of evidence-based medicine and policy', Trials, vol. 16, no. 394, pp. 1-7.
- Raman, S, Mohr, A, Helliwell, R et al. 2015, 'Integrating social and value dimensions into sustainability assessment of lignocellulosic biofuels', Biomass and Bioenergy, vol. 82, pp. 49-62.
- Raman, S 2015, 'Responsive novelty: taking innovation seriously in societal research agendas for synthetic biology', Journal of Responsible Innovation, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 117-120.
- Pearce, W & Raman, S 2014, 'The new randomised controlled trials (RCT) movement in public policy: challenges of epistemic governance', Policy Sciences, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 387-402.
- Raman, S & Mohr, A 2014, 'Biofuels and the role of space in sustainable innovation journeys', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 65, pp. 224-233.
- Raman, S & Mohr, A 2014, 'A Social Licence for Science: Capturing the Public or Co-Constructing Research?', Social Epistemology: A Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Policy, vol. 28, no. 3-4, pp. 258-276.
- Sesan, T, Raman, S, Clifford, M et al. 2013, 'Corporate-Led Sustainable Development and Energy Poverty Alleviation at the Bottom of the Pyramid: The Case of the CleanCook in Nigeria', World Development, vol. 45, pp. 137-146.
- Raman, S 2013, 'Fossilizing Renewable Energies', Science as Culture, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 172-180.
- Mohr, A & Raman, S 2013, 'Lessons from first generation biofuels and implications for the sustainability appraisal of second generation biofuels', Energy Policy, vol. 63, pp. 114-122.
- Mohr, A & Raman, S 2012, 'Representing the Public in Public Engagement: The Case of the 2008 UK Stem Cell Dialogue', PLoS Biology, vol. 10, no. 11, pp. 1-4.
- Raman, S & Tutton, R 2010, 'Life, science, and biopower', Science, Technology & Human Values, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 711-734.