Model of Regulatory Burden for the Diffusion of New Technology

The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) is pleased to invite you to the following event. Please share this information with others (students, faculty, staff) in your department/unit who you feel may be interested in this topic.

A Model of Regulatory Burden for the Diffusion of New Technology

Presented by Dr. David Castle
Canada Research Chair in Science and Society, University of Ottawa
and Diefenbaker Policy Fellow, JSGS

Thursday, June 10
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

This lecture will take place in Saskatoon and will be video-conferenced to a Regina audience.

Saskatoon Location:
Diefenbaker Building (101 Diefenbaker Place), Theatre
University of Saskatchewan Campus

*Regina Video-Conference Location:
JS Window Room, 2nd Floor, Gallery Building
University of Regina College Avenue Campus

Conventional wisdom has it that the diffusion of beneficial new technology is always slowed by regulation, and that within regulatory frameworks process bottlenecks are inevitable. Estimating the extent of regulatory burden and accounting for its effects is usually guesswork or driven by anecdote. To overcome these limitations a quantitative model of regulatory burden for the diffusion of new technology has been developed. Using the case of plant-derived vaccines, the model can be used to account for the effects of regulatory burden, identify regulatory bottlenecks, and make predictions about the effects of regulatory burden with respect to changes in the pace and pattern of technology diffusion.

Dr. David Castle is Canada Research Chair in Science and Society at University of Ottawa. He is appointed to the Faculty of Arts where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, and holds a cross appointment to the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). He is also the inaugural Diefenbaker Policy Fellow at the JSGS’s University of Saskatchewan campus.

His interests include the philosophy of the natural sciences, social aspects of new technology, especially biotechnology and genetics, and science and society. His research currently focuses on the interaction between science and society, including democratic engagement, regulation and governance, and intellectual property and knowledge management. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and several books on the social dimensions of science, technology and innovation. Castle has held several major research awards, and has considerable experience leading strategic research initiatives and research project management. In addition, he has consulted widely to government on such issues as the impact of national technology transfer policies and programs, intellectual property strategies for the health research and development sector, and the role of non-scientific considerations in the regulation of science and technology. Castle also acts as a consultant to life sciences industries.

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*Please be advised that the JSGS Outreach & Training Window Room in Regina is located on the second floor of the Gallery Building. Individuals with mobility difficulties should contact us at 306‑585-5826 if this is a concern.


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