Science and technology (S&T) are deeply incorporated into our modern life. They affect not only daily activities, but also for instance, our concept of “life” or “nature”. I am interested in the relationship between S&T and society. How do people perceive or respond to a specific, newly investigated technology? What kind of effect does society experience from the people’s reaction to technology? And conversely, how does technology itself change in response to such public attitude?
My research area covers: Science, Technology and Society (STS); gender studies related to S&T; Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of S&T; Science communication. I also investigate the effect of the discourse of “evolutionary biology” to current Japanese society, which was the focus of my Ph.D. research.
Scientists are "experts" with respect to their research area. But in other areas, they are "non-experts". For scientists, to explore better relationship between science and society, with both standpoint of "experts" and "non-experts", is very important (but sometimes it is very difficult). I hope that our lectures or classes will contribute toward fostering this perspective.