Global Science Scapes

Eight delegates from the Leverhulme Trust International Network: ‘Global Science ‘Scapes: Dimensions of Transnationalism’ recently visited Culham Science Centre (CSC) for briefings on the development of the site, fusion research and a tour of JET.


The network, hosted at Oxford Brookes University, includes seven partner institutions across the UK, US, Europe and Asia. It aims to develop understanding of the diversity and meaning of science spaces around the world by examining the influence of specific architectural styles, forms of science diplomacy, and international labour movements in creating these special types of places.


Research will be conducted across six international case studies including in the UK (Science Vale), Netherlands (Kennispark Twente), South Korea (Daedeok Innopolis), US (Silicon Valley), Taiwan (Hsinchu Science Park) and Singapore Science Park.


Principal Investigator for the network, Dr. Dave Valler, a Reader in the Department of Planning at Oxford Brookes, commented:


“Our research investigates how global labour markets and knowledge flows interact with patterns of international diplomacy and ideas about science, architecture and planning to create distinctive science landscapes around the world. Culham Science Centre is intrinsic to Oxfordshire’s Science Vale and its distinctive history of world-leading fusion research and big science facilities give it a very particular character as an international science landscape”.


The project will run until February 2017. Further information is available at: