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Dr Larry Reynolds

Formerly at Lancaster University

Larry Reynolds

Research Interests

My research interests bring together concerns from political economy with STS (Science and Technology Studies) to address the emerging cultural politics of technology, with a particular focus on biotechnology and neo-liberal globalisation. My previous work examined the dynamics around the production and contestation of GM agrifood, both for my doctoral studies and subsequent career as a Research Associate at CSEC.This has since developed into a programme with CESAGen investigating the emerging discourses and strategy of the 'bioeconomy' amongst actors such as the EU, the OECD and various nation states, corporations and regions. Here, themes of the Knowledge Based Economy as a technoscientific strategy for global competitiveness combine with discourses of environmental sustainability to suggest new product and process innovations, capital accumulation strategies and extractions of value from the biosciences. One key question for study is how some visions of sustainability become enrolled by industry and governments, while others become occluded or marginalised.




Current Teaching

My teaching activities include teaching thrid year sociology students plus parts of the Masters programme on environmental sociology.

Socl 360 'Doing Sociological Research'

Socl 521 Environment and Culture.



Reynolds, Larry and Szerszynski, Bronislaw (2012) ‘Neoliberalism and technology: perpetual innovation or perpetual crisis?’ in Neoliberalism and Technoscience: Critical Assessments, ed. Luigi Pellizzoni & Marja Ylönen, Farnham: Ashgate.

Reynolds, Larry and Szerszynski Bronislaw (2011) ‘Contested agro‐technological futures: the GMO and the construction of European space’ in Exploring Central and Eastern Europe’s Biotechnological Landscape, ed. Peter Robbins and Farah Huzair, Berlin: Springer.

Herbert Gottweis, Kathrin Braun, Yrjö Haila, Maarten Hajer, Anne Loeber, Ingrid Metzler, Larry Reynolds, Susanne Schultz and Bronislaw Szerszynski 2008: Participation and the New Governance of Life, Biosocieties, 2008/3(3).

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