Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Linköping University, Sweden - Professor of Marketing Emeritus at University of Oxford, UK
Steve Woolgar is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Team T, Linköping University. He is also Professor of Marketing Emeritus at Said Business School, University of Oxford. He has published widely within the fields of Science and Technology Studies (STS), social problems and social theory. He has researched empirical areas as diverse as mundane governance, neuromarketing, web-based rating and ranking schemes, artificial intelligence, and imposters. His recent publications include Mundane Governance: ontology and accountability (with Dan Neyland, Oxford University Press, 2020) and The Imposter as Social Theory: thinking with gatecrashers, cheats and charlatans (with Else Vogel, David Moats and CF Helgesson, Bristol University Press, 2021). His next book, on the nature and limits of provocation, is provisionally entitled It Could Be Otherwise.
He has worked with government agencies and international organisations to understand the impact of technologies on business and society. As the Director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) ‘Virtual Society?’ Programme, Steve oversaw more than twenty research projects that examined the wide range of social impacts of new electronic technologies. ‘Virtual Society?’ was a key part of a STS movement that showed the unintended effects of implementing new technology systems.
He is an editorial board member of a number of academic journals including Cultural Anthropology, Social Epistemology, Journal of Intelligent Systems and Knowledge and Society. He also serves as an editorial adviser for Social Studies of Science and Science, Technology and Human Values.