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New PhD: Fanny Verrax. "Making sense of Rare Earth Elements. An interdisciplinary approach to mineral resources' ethics and governance"

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Fanny Verrax defended her theisis on Friday the 24th of May 2013 at the University of Bergen, Norway:

”Making sense of Rare Earth Elements. An interdisciplinary approach to mineral resources' ethics and governance”.

This interdisciplinary PhD dissertation aims to identify and address the ethical challenges posed by rare earth elements, as a non-renewable, ill-distributed, and valuable resource. The overall theoretical framework in which this study is conducted is the one of Post-Normal Science (PNS), in which stakes are high, facts are uncertain and values are in dispute, a description that fits perfectly rare earth elements. One of the flagship recommendations of PNS is the need to rethink the way technocratic decisions are made, so as to involve more people, and more lay-people, when addressing an issue that can potentially affect many. This PhD thesis took this challenge by trying to make sense of different voices that are not usually heard: future generations on the one hand, concerned citizens and internet-users discussing governance issues of rare earth elements on the other hand.