Military influence on science & technology
SGR has long been concerned about the military influence on science and technology. In 2003, we began project work in this area, carrying out research, education and advocacy activities. Our main outputs are listed below.
In short, SGR believes that the military exerts far too much influence over science, engineering and technology in the UK and elsewhere - and this leads to an over-emphasis on weapons and technology based approaches to tackling conflict. We believe there needs to be a major shift in both resources and emphasis away from military science and technology towards areas such as cleaner technology, research on non-violent conflict resolution, and science and technology for poverty alleviation. The concept of 'Security' also needs to be considered much more broadly to include many of the pressing issues that face the world today - issues which can be addressed by drawing upon the expertise that resides in science and technology.
SGR gives lectures on this issue - see our Forthcoming Events page for the latest information.