In recent years the organisation and practice of collaboration in the life sciences has undergone radical transformations, owing to the advent of big science enterprises, newly developed data gathering and storage technologies, increasing levels of interdisciplinarity, and changing societal expectations for science. Collaboration in the New Life Sciences examines the causes and consequences of changing patterns of scientific collaboration in the life sciences. This book presents an understanding of how and why collaboration in the life sciences is changing and the effects of these changes on scientific knowledge, the work lives and experiences of scientists, social policy and society. Through a series of thematically arranged chapters, it considers the social, technical, and organizational facets of collaboration, addressing not only the rise of new forms of collaboration in the life sciences, but also examining recent developments in two broad research areas: ecology and environment, and the molecular life sciences. With an international team of experts presenting case studies and analyses drawn from the US, UK, Asia and Europe, Collaboration in the New Life Sciences will appeal not only to scholars and students of science and technology studies, but also to those interested in science and social policy, and the sociology of work and organisations.

part I|62 pages

Collaboration Arises

chapter 1|11 pages

Collecting Collaborations: Understanding Life Together

ByNiki Vermeulen, Bart Penders

chapter 3|26 pages

Multidisciplinary Collaborations in Toxicology and Paleo-ecology: Equal Means to Different Ends

ByLaurens K. Hessels, Stefan de Jong, Harro van Lente

part II|114 pages

Collaboration in Ecology and the Environment

chapter 4|20 pages

Two Approaches to Big Science: An Analysis of LTER and NEON

ByAnn Zimmerman, Bonnie A. Nardi

chapter 6|28 pages

Infrastructuring Ecology: Challenges in Achieving Data Sharing

Bykaren S. Baker, Florence Millerand

part III|68 pages

Collaboration in the Molecular Life Sciences

part IV|14 pages

Collaboration in the New Life Sciences Revisited

chapter 12|12 pages


ByWesley Shrum