David E. Winickoff

Associate Professor of Bioethics and Society



J.D.  Harvard Law School

B.A., M.A.  English, University of Cambridge
first honors

B.A.  History, Yale University
summa cum laude

Research Description

I analyze the role of science and expertise in environmental law and politics, and explore biotechnology and medicine from an ethical, legal and social perspective. I write about questions of biological resources, property rights, and the commons; the role of expert communities in governing institutions; the politics of risk assessment; food safety standards; climate change and geoengineering. To do this, I draw questions and methods primarily from the fields of science and technology studies (STS), bioethics, and law. I am involved in policy work at state, Federal and international levels.

I am Director of the Berkeley Science, Technology and Society Center and serve on the Governing Council of the Science and Democracy Network. I am also a former Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics.

Here is more detail on current streams of research:

1. Politics of Science in Environmental Governance

I work on the role of science, experts, and technical rationality within environmental law and governance across local and global scales. How does science and expertise operate in the formation and operation of resource management regimes and in environmental social movements? How can science be appropriately and effectively used to best govern resource use and motivate collective action? Work in this stream has focused on food standards, ecosystem management, climate change, and geoengineering.

2. Ethics and Governance of Biotechnology

Developments in the life sciences are driving fundamental changes in health care, agriculture, and energy systems. I analyze the imagination, emerging practices, and regulation of new biotechnologies from a socio-legal and normative perspective. In doing so, I seek to generate understandings of the larger patterns in the relation of science and society. Finally, I apply these understandings by developing new social architectures for these technologies in ethics, law, and politics: e.g., I have pioneered the use of charitable trust law for the management of biological resources. Work in this stream has focused on genomic biobanks, GM food, patenting policies, stem cell research and the science commons.

3. Innovation and Justice

The process known as “innovation” occurs within an evolving network of universities, government agencies, scientists, foundations, industry, and venture capital. What are the effects of innovation systems on distribution of resources, technological divides, international development, and access to innovation? What are the accountability systems for public investment, e.g., for deciding what counts as “clean and green”? Furthermore, under the banner of promoting innovation, universities have become deeply embroiled in the ownership, transfer, and commercialization of its knowledge. Who is university-produced knowledge for, and what is the best way to share it? Currently I am focusing on university-industry partnerships, the scientific commons, alternative licensing provision to advance global public health, the mission of the contemporary research university, and the reciprocal obligations of science and the public.

Members of my lab also work on the following issues:

  • The politics of science in U.S. hydrolic fracturing ("fracking") policy debates
  • Biofuel innovation programs in comparative national and international contexts
  • Environmental impact assessment in major development projects abroad
  • The production and use of science in water management in the U.S.
  • The rise of ecosystem services as a management paradigm, and its implications

Selected Publications

D.E. Winickoff, "Epistemic Jurisdictions: Science, Courts, and the New Federalisms," in E. Cloatre and M. Pickersgill eds., Knowledge, Technology and Law.  Routledge Press (forthcoming Spring 2014).

D.E. Winickoff, "Biology Denatured: the Public-Private Lives of Lively Things," in S. Hilgartner, R. Hagendijk, and C. Miller eds., Science & Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond.  Routledge Press (forthcoming Spring 2014).

D.E. Winickoff, "Private Assets, Public Mission: The Politics of Tech Transfer and the New American University," JURIMETRICS: JOURNAL OF LAW, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 54: 1-42 (Fall 2013).

D.E. Winickoff and Mark B. Brown, "Time for a Government Advisory Committee for Geoengineering Research," ISSUES IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 20: 79-85 (Summer 2013).

A.S Kesselheim, R.M. Cook-Deegan, D.E. Winickoff, M.M. Mello, "Gene Patenting: The Supreme Court Finally Speaks," NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 369;9: 869-875 (August 29, 2013).

David Winickoff, Preface to Science and Public Reason by Sheila Jasanoff (Routledge 2012): ix-xii

Kayje M. Booker, Ashok J. Gadgil and David Winickoff, Engineering for the Global Poor: A Role for Intellectual Property? SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY 39: 775-786 (2012)

K. O’Doherty, M. Burgess, K. Edwards, R. Gallagher, A. Hawkins, J. Kaye, V. McCaffrey, D.E. Winickoff, From Consent to Institutions: Designing Adaptive Governance for Genomic Biobanks, SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE 73(3): 367-374 (2011) Full text (protected) - Pre-publication version

K. Klein and D.E. Winickoff, Organic Regulation Across the Atlantic: Emergence, Divergence, Convergence, ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS 20 (2): 153-172 (2011)

D. Matthews, G. Graff, K. Saha, D.E. Winickoff, Access to Stem Cells and Data: Persons, Property Rights, and Scientific Progress, SCIENCE 331 (6018): 725-727 (11 February 2011)

D.E. Winickoff, “Judicial Imaginaries of Technology: Constitutional Law and the DNA Round Up,” in Sheila Jasanoff (ed.), Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetics Age (MIT Press: Cambridge, 2011)

D.E. Winickoff and Kendra Klein, "Food Labels and the Environment: Towards Harmonization of EU and US Organic Standards" in David Vogel & Johan Swinnen (eds.), Transatlantic Regulatory Cooperation: The Shifting Roles of the EU, the US and California (Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2011)

J. Long and D.E. Winickoff, Governing Geoeingineering: Principles and Process, SOLUTIONS 1;5: 60-62 (October 2010)

S. O'Connor, G.D. Graff, and D.E. Winickoff, Legal Context of University Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, peer-reviewed commissioned paper prepared for the National Academies of Science report, Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest (2010)

D.E. Winickoff and Douglas Bushey, Science and Power in Global Food Regulation: The Rise of the Codex Alimentarius, 35 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, & HUMAN VALUES 356-381 (2010).

D.E. Winickoff, “From Benefit Sharing to Power Sharing: Partnership Governance in Population Genomics Research,” pp.53-66 in J. Kaye, M. Stranger (eds.), Principles and Practice in Biobank Governance (Ashgate, 2009).

D.E. Winickoff, Gregory Graff and Kris Saha, Opening Stem Cell Research and Development: A Policy Proposal for the Management of Data, Intellectual Property, and Ethics, 9 YALE JOURNAL OF HEALTH LAW, POLICY & ETHICS 52-127 (2009)

D.E. Winickoff and O.K. Obasogie, Race-Specific Drugs: Regulatory Trends and Public Policy, 29 TRENDS IN PHARMACOLOGICAL SCIENCE 277-279 (June 2008)

D.E. Winickoff, Partnership in U.K. Biobank: A Third Way for Genomic Property?, J. LAW MEDICINE & ETHICS 35;3: 440-456 (Fall 2007)

D.E. Winickoff, Governing Stem Cell Research in California and the USA: Towards a Social Infrastructure, TRENDS IN BIOTECHNOLOGY 24;9: 390-394 (September 2006)

D.E. Winickoff, Genome and Nation: Iceland’s Health Sector Database and its Legacy, INNOVATIONS 1;2: 80-105 (Spring 2006)

D.E. Winickoff, L. Neumann, Towards a Social Contract for Genomics: Property and the Public in The ‘Biotrust’ Model , 1:3 GENOMICS, SOCIETY & POLICY 8-21 (December 2005)

D.E. Winickoff, et al.,Adjudicating the GM Food Wars: Science, Risk, and Democracy in World Trade Law , 30 YALE J. INTERNATIONAL LAW 81-123 (Winter 2005)

D.E. Winickoff, R. Winickoff, The Charitable Trust as a Model for Genomic Biobanks, NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 349;12: 1180-1184 (18 September 2003)

D.E. Winickoff, Governing Population Genomics: Law, Bioethics, and Biopolitics in Three Case Studies, 43 JURIMETRICS 187-228 (2003)

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Professor - University of Trento, Italy - May 2011
  • Young Faculty Award - College of Natural Resources, U.C. Berkeley - 2010
  • Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics, 2007 - 2011
  • Presidential Chair Fellowship - University of California, Berkeley - 2006
  • Visiting Faculty Fellowship - Economic and Social Research Council- United Kingdom - 2006

Recent Teaching

  • STS 200/ESPM C252: Topics in Science and Technology Studies
  • LAW 271.71/ESPM 249: Bioethics, Law and the Life Sciences
  • ESPM 162: Bioethics and Society
  • ESPM 256: Science, Technology and the Politics of Nature
  • ESPM 290: Technology | Nature | Culture
  • ESPM 194: Capstone in Society and Environment Major

Contact Information

Email: winickoff@berkeley.edu

Office: 115 Giannini Hall

Office Phone: 510-643-0319

Fax: 510-643-5438

Office Hours

Mon 1:30 - 3:30

Updated: 01/17/14



Research Group(s)

Mailing Address

Dept of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
UC Berkeley
130 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720