Janus Hansen

Janus Hansen

Associate Professor

My research interests focus on the governance of science, technology and innovation. I am particularly interested in the social basis and institutional dynamics of public controversies over technologies such as agricultural and medical biotechnology, the role of scientific expertise in the governance of science and technology as well as public engagement with and participation in  technological innovation and the societal management of technological risks. More recently I have developed an interest in public mobilisation around climate change mitigation. My interest in these topics is combined with a more general interest in contemporary sociological theory.

I have published the research monograph 'Biotechnology and Public Engagement in Europe' (Palgrave, 2010) and my more recent work has appeared in journals such as 'Minerva', 'Science as Culture', 'Science and Public Policy'.

From 2014 to 2020 I served as Head of the Department of Sociology. Prior to joining UCPH I was associate professor (2011-2014) and assistant professor (2006-2011) at the Department of Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), where I also served as deputy head of department as well as programme director for two CBS programmes: 'BSc in Business Administration and Sociology'  and 'MSc in Public Management and Social Development' offered at the Sino-Danish Centre for Research and Education in Beijing.

I hold a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence (2005).

I am a member of the research group on 'Knowledge, Organisation, Politics' at the Department of Sociology

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Biotechnology and Public Engagement in Europe

    Hansen, Janus, 2010, Houndsmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 248 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  2. The Danish Biofuel Debate: Coupling Scientific and Politico-Economic Claims

    Hansen, Janus, 2 Jan 2014, In: Science as Culture. 23, 1, p. 73-97 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    From a Means to an End: Patenting in the 1999 Danish ‘Act on Inventions’ and its Effect on Research Practice

    Sejersen, N. & Hansen, Janus, 2018, In: Minerva. 56, 3, p. 261–281

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    Democratic theory and citizen participation: democracy models in the evaluation of public participation in science and technology

    Biegelbauer, P. & Hansen, Janus, Oct 2011, In: Science and Public Policy. 38, 8, p. 589-597

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Published

    Assessing the impacts of citizen participation in science governance: exploring new roads in comparative analysis

    Hansen, Janus & Allansdottir, A., Oct 2011, In: Science and Public Policy. 38, 8, p. 609-617

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Beyond the knowledge deficit: recent research into lay and expert attitudes to food risks

    Hansen, Janus, Holm, Lotte, Frewer, L., Robinson, P. & Sandøe, Peter, Oct 2003, In: Appetite. 41, 2, p. 111-21 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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