Teknik och vetenskapsstudier STS
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Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Research group
Active research
Project period
2000 - ongoing
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Short description

Science- and technology studies (STS) focuses on the close interaction between scientific knowledge, technological artefacts and society. In light of widespread beliefs that contemporary societies are particularly vulnerable and knowledge-intense, STS research has an increasingly important role in social science research. Exploring how knowledge claims are presented and comparing it with the practises of knowledge production, STS researchers often find tensions and gaps of importance to highlight between how science is performed and talked about.

Current research at the department focuses on the boundaries between science and politics, nature and culture, and expertise and lay knowledge. We research practices where scientific knowledge is produced, used and diffused. We also investigate the role of science and technology in the organization and management of participatory decision-making, especially concerning controversial issues. Empirically our research includes areas such as the environment, health and medicine, risk and security, and public understanding of science.