Psychological and sociological perspectives for good governance of sustainable nanotechnology development in Malaysia

Nur Aizat, K. and Lee, Khai Ern * and Siow, Kim Shyong and Mazlin, Mokhtar * (2019) Psychological and sociological perspectives for good governance of sustainable nanotechnology development in Malaysia. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 21 (7). p. 165. ISSN 1388-0764

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Nanotechnology is developed to improve public well-being, stimulate economic growth, and provide environmental solutions, which are essential for sustainable development. However, the uncertain risks of nanotechnology may destroy public confidence and impede nanotechnology development from facilitating sustainable development. Thus, public perception is a critical component to understand public acceptance of nanotechnology and for nanotechnology development to be well governed. Good governance of nanotechnology is vital to ensure the benefits are distributed equitably while protecting the public from the risks. Hence, this study was based on psychological and sociological approaches with intervention from moderators, that is, media coverage, technology and economic development, benefit and risk of nanoapplications, and benefit and risk information. A survey was conducted in Malaysia to determine the effects of moderators’ influence on public perceptions. The study found, based on a psychological and sociological approach, that the moderating effects of moderators influenced public perception in a manner that increased or decreased the benefit and risk perception of nanotechnology. The results later serve as an input for recommending good governance strategies for applying nanotechnology to sustainable development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public perception; risk; benefit; nanotechnology; good governance; sustainable development; societal implications
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > School of Interdisciplinary Studies > Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
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Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2020 08:27
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2020 08:27

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