The Justice and Technoscience (JusTech) Lab responds to growing concerns that disruptive technologies can exacerbate discrimination, inequality and oppression. Founded by Professor Kate Henne, this interdisciplinary collaboratory brings together scholars from within and beyond RegNet to study regulatory strategies that advance more just and equitable approaches to the governance of science and technology.
JusTech Lab’s work draws on insights from regulatory governance, Science and Technology Studies (STS) and theories of power and inequality to understand and counteract unintended consequences of scientific and technological innovation. It also provides student training and professional development through hands-on workshops, reading groups and engagement opportunities.
The Lab currently supports two key initiatives:
Partnerships for the Governance and Regulation of Wellbeing, Technoscience and Health (GRoWTH), which provide critical insights into how technoscience informs foundational understandings of human wellbeing and systems that govern health.
Surveillance and Technologies of Policing (SToP) Projects, which examine the effects and implications of using surveillance technologies as regulatory tools across domains of law enforcement, migration and welfare provision.
Members also pursue projects that span a range of other topics, including biotechnology, climate finance, data governance, experimental and GPS technologies, health informatics, intellectual property, regulatory science, transborder mobility and urban infrastructure.
In addition to Lab members affiliated with RegNet, JusTech maintains partnerships with scholars based at ANU, other Australian research organisations and overseas institutions.
ANU and Australian collaborators: