Geographies of promissory economy - locating tensions and strains in the bio-economies of stem cell innovation
SpeakersDr Nik Brown (University of York) and Dr Paul Martin (University of Nottingham)
VenueBoardroom ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, 3rd Floor, St John's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
This paper elaborates on future-oriented expectations as organising features of contemporary stem cell innovation, locating the promise and potential of stem cell economies in different geographies, places, times, locations and regimes. It explores how various borders and boundaries have been formed around expectations of stem cell innovation, and how these serve to temporally and spatially define networks of innovation. The paper reports on findings from a recently completed ESRC research project looking at the complex relationships and tensions between clinical and commercial science, between public and private sector economies, and between professional and consumer encounters with stem cell markets. The project elaborates these tensions through a particularly contested and highly volatile biosocial entity, the haematopoietic stem cell.