Joanna Goven received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She was a member of the Political Science Department at the University of Canterbury for 18 years, where she taught in a range of areas, including the politics of science and technology.
Joanna’s research and writing has focused primarily on the politics, broadly defined, of science and technology, including the politics and practice of community engagement on techno-scientific issues. From this perspective, she has worked in the areas of biotechnology, biosecurity, waste, and climate change. Much of this work has been carried out in a transdisciplinary mode (that is, involving both multiple academic disciplines and community groups), and she has also published on the challenges of and approaches to transdisciplinarity. She has published articles in a range of academic journals and is co-editor of Bioeconomies: Life, Technology, and Capital in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave, 2017).
Joanna now focusses on her own research and consultancy business, Kukupa Research Ltd. She is also the Deputy Director in the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, University of Canterbury, and a researcher in the Centre for Integrated Biowastes Research (CIBR). She was the Evaluation Director for the Engagement Programme of the Deep South National Science Challenge for its first three years. She was also a member of the Management Committee of the European COST Action “Bio-objects and their boundaries: governing matters at the intersection of society, politics, and science” from 2011 to 2014.
Her experience and expertise bring a dynamic contribution to the Science in Society team.