Research Foci

STS is an integrated field of education and research that (1) examines science, technology, medicine and engineering as specialized forms of social practice and organization shaped by contemporary societies, and (2) explores their multiple entanglements with the material and social worlds we inhabit. STS employs and synthesizes methods and approaches from different social sciences and develops its own methodological approaches, but is also inspired by history and philosophy. It aims at building greater awareness of how societies develop, embrace, engage with, contest, and sometimes reject sciences and technologies and the kinds of knowledge and artefacts they produce.

Research at the department is organised along five major conceptual axes which capture the kinds of research questions and key concerns we predominantly engage with:


These concerns and questions are mainly situated in the following topical domains


Last not least, method development is a long-standing cross-lying focus.