Boavida, Nuno: KSP Portrait – 10 Fragen an Nuno Boavida

Nuno Boavidaz ist seit 2012 Gastwissenschaftler am KIT und wurde 2015 an der Universität Nova de Lisboa promoviert. Im Wissenschaftsverlag des KIT ist soeben seine Publikation The role of indicators in decisions of technology innovation erschienen. Im KSP Portrait erfahren Sie Näheres über Autor und Werk.

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1. Soeben ist Ihre Veröffentlichung „The role of indicators in decisions of technology innovation“ erschienen: Wie würden Sie den Inhalt in drei, vier Sätzen zusammenfassen?
This book provides the reader with an overview of what is known and what was discovered in a doctoral research aimed at understanding the role of indicators among innovative business leaders, policymakers and public researchers responsible for technology innovation.

2. Was war Ihre Motivation dieses Buch zu schreiben, wie kamen Sie zu diesem Thema?
There are thousands of indicators produced to support understanding and governance of our technology-intensive societies. Despite technological innovation being an increasing force for growth in our civilization, studies about the way indicators are used in these decisions are significantly rare.

3. Wie lange hat es gedauert von der Idee bis zum fertigen Manuskript?
This book was based on my doctoral research developed between 2010 and 2015. Three years after I started, a research group published results in a close topic that led me to rewrite some chapters. I revised parts of the book in 2016 and beginning of 2017 and now is ready.

4. Stichwort „Manuskript“: Schreiben Sie an einem PC, Notebook, Tablet oder mit dem Stift?
Mostly desktops, but also laptops and tablets.

5. Gibt es bestimmte Werkzeuge, Services oder Techniken, die Sie beim Schreiben als besonders hilfreich empfinden?
The Online Oxford English Dictionary is simply a must. Mendeley and Word are also essential. I also used Ucinet and Excel. My best friend, however, was Google Translate without which the book wouldn’t exist at all 😉

6. Was bereitet Ihnen beim Schreiben die größte Freude und was nervt Sie dabei am meisten?
In a certain way, a social scientist is a writer full of creative and formal boundaries…

7. Wie entspannen Sie während des Schreibprozesses? Was tun Sie um abzuschalten, um sich zu erholen?
I normally relax by changing my writing topic, watch youtubes or walk for a while. To recover, however, I need substantial physical exercise to completely remove my mind from the writing process. Presently I surf a lot but, depending on my location, I like outdoor sports like running, cycling, climbing and walking in the forests.

8. Wenn Sie es sich wünschen dürften: Welchen Bestseller der Wissenschafts- oder Literaturgeschichte hätten Sie gerne selbst geschrieben?
I was amazed with Kuhn’s „The Structure of Scientific Revolution“. But what I really would love to write was something like the Hemingway’s „The Old Man and the Sea“.

9. Wenn Sie drei andere, aktuelle Veröffentlichungen zu Ihrem Fachgebiet empfehlen dürften, welche drei wären das?
There is a remarkable book to clarify epistemological concepts written by Harry Collins and titled „Tacit & Explicit Knowledge“ (2010). I also recommend the old but still central to the current debate „Trust in Numbers – The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life“ by Theodore Porter (1995). Last, I find that Daniel Kahneman’s work „Thinking, Fast and Slow“ (2011) stimulating for future research in this area.

10. Sie haben Ihr Buch im „KIT Scientific Publishing“, dem Wissenschaftsverlag des KIT, veröffentlicht. Warum haben Sie sich für diesen Verlag entschieden?
There is a rational and an emotional reason for this choice. Many of my initial readings about technology assessment were published by KIT Scientific Publishing, so it makes much sense to publish with this specialized publisher. I was also a visiting researcher at ITAS-KIT for four years and I feel emotionally linked to the ITAS-KIT’s thriving research environment.

Über Nuno Boavida (1 Artikel)

Nuno Boavida holds a PhD in Technology Assessment from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, with a thesis entitled “Decisions of Technology Innovation: The use of indicators”. He also holds a Master of Science (Econ) in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Licenciatura in Industrial Production Engineering from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Presently, he is a researcher at CICS.NOVA, the Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and is the vice-director of the centre’s applied research unit Observatory of Technology Assessment. Nuno Boavida has been involved the publication of books and papers about the use of evidence and indicators in decision-making of technology innovation, particularly related to electric mobility and nanotechnology, as well as in reports and evaluations to the European Commission. His present research interests include technology assessment, sustainable mobility, policy evaluation, socio-technical transitions, sociology of technology and epistemology of knowledge.
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