JOHN PHILLIMORE (Ed.): Local Matters - Perspectives on the Globalisation of Technology. Perth: Institute for Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), 1995. ISBN 0-86905-411-2

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JOHN PHILLIMORE (Ed.): Local Matters - Perspectives on the Globalisation of Technology. Perth: Institute for Science and Technology Policy (ISTP), 1995. ISBN 0-86905-411-2

This unique collection of essays brings together a group of Australia's brightest young researchers with more established authors in the field of science and technology policy to discuss issues of globalisation, technology and the role of "the local". Only by taking the local context seriously can we fully appreciate and understand the opportunities and threats presented by the apparent globalisation of technology.

Beginning with a keynote essay by Professor Keith Pavitt from the internationally renowned Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, subsequent essays respond and interact with the issues he raises in a collaborative attempt to tease out the full implications of the twin forces of globalisation and technological change. Perspectives covered include:

- Research, technology and industry

- Ecological sustainability

- Country, regional and urban studies

- Philosophical and historical reflections.

Local Matters suggests global change is not one-dimensional or uni-directional. The local context into which technology is introduced plays a vital role in influencing how and whether technology is accepted. There is also increasing evidence to show that the local and community context is crucial in generating, as well as adopting, new technology.

In short, local matters do matter, in creating, adapting and adopting global technology in ways which promote rather than inhibit positive change and development.

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