During 2014, I was attached to the Faraday Institute funded project “Biology and the Law” based at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The broader project involves examining the development of tacit norms and the way biology and the law shape each other’s creativity.
I designed a small piece of research with SCROs/ESCROs, and undertook interviews with committee members in four states in the USA. I drew on my experience of working with ethics review committees/IRBs across Asia to explore the role of these committees in governing stem cell research, considered different modes of reasoning and asked members about the possible futures these committees face.
Publications from this work are included in the Palgrave Handbook of the Anthropology of Technology, and the Mattering Press collection on STS and Democracy.