Southern Roles in Global Nanotechnology Innovation:
Maclurcan, Donald C
Vol. 3, Num. 2
This article looks at the nano-divide between the developed, industrialized North and the developing, technology-poor South. Through a survey of a large number of Thai and Australian nanotechnology researchers, Maclurcan looks to better understand how each side of the divide understands its existence, as well as the active and passive natures of the South in relation to the North. Not only do these Southern researchers have the traditional roadblocks developing countries experience to deal with, but there are also new barriers relating to the nature of nanotechnology itself that need to be overcome if these countries hope to keep up with the bigger players in nanotechnology. While there are dangers for these Southerners I the pursuit of nanotechnology that have more to do with competition than with environmental or health concerns, many of the respondents in the survey were also optimistic about the opportunities for advancement it provides.