Welcome to the Centre for STS-studies

Research areas

  • Healthcare practices and technologies
  • Surveillance practices and technologies
  • Organization, work and technology
  • Philosophy of technology
  • Governance, performance and technology
  • Social media and methods
  • Self-tracking and subjectivity
  • Empowerment and technology
  • Design practices and participation
  • Project management and innovation
  • Constructivism, democracy and normativity

Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary research field concerned with how science and technology shapes and affects society and vice versa. The field has existed for roughly 50 years and emphasizes empirical studies of science and technology as practices. This means that knowledge and technology is seen as products of heterogeneous, situated, contingent and ‘messy’ processes in which social actors, materiality, other technologies, concepts and theories take part. The field of STS draws on extensive resources such as constructivism, post structuralism, process philosophy, social anthropology, critical theory, actor network theory, feminist studies, ethnography, work place studies, phenomenology and others.

At the centre, STS forms a methodological and conceptual resource for studying the role of technology and especially IT in a range of everyday and work life settings. STS helps us attend to the more or less visible and trivial aspects of the interaction between human actors and technologies. Our research often focuses on how humans and technologies forms - or attempts to form – functioning assemblages capable of action. The meticulous and tedious work of making something work is one of our central concerns.

The STS centre was established in 2000 and has over the years hosted a range of substantial national and international conferences, seminars and guests.

On behalf of the centre,

Peter Danholt
Associate professor

Phone: +4587162006


Latest issue of STS Encounters


2/08 - 2016 | Encounters

New Publication in STS Encounters

Signe Vikkelsø: Technologies of Organizational Analysis: Charting ‘Organization’ as a Practical and Epistemic Object in Encounters. Read it here.

What we are doing

What Danish STS are doing

30/09 - 2016 | Uncategorized

Call for participants

Warring relations: methodological and ethical challenges of ethnographic research on soldier and veteran sociality – 2-day workshop, 8th and 9th of December, 2016 in Copenhagen Military operations...

22/09 - 2016 | Events

Third Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference: CALL FOR PAPERS AND...

[ May 31, 2017 to June 2, 2017. ] CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANEL PROPOSALS Third Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference May 31-June 2, 2017 University of Gothenburg The field of science and...

22/09 - 2016 | Uncategorized

Encounters: Call for Papers

Call for papers for special issue of STS Encounters on Social Work & STS. Guest editors: Lars Bo Andersen, Rasmus Hoffmann Birk and Louise Nørgaard Glud. See the full call and plan for...

21/09 - 2016 | Uncategorized

Digital Objects and Philosophy of Technology

10-12 Lecture by Yuk Hui: On the Existence of Digital Objects at RUC on the 11th of October. Yuk Hui is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media in...

20/09 - 2016 | Uncategorized

Ph.D. Course: Analytical Methods and Theory Building

Part 1: May 31-June 1, 2017 (2 days) Part 2: August 23-24, 2017 (2 days) Location: Part 1: Technical University of Denmark (DTU Lyngby Campus, Denmark) Part 2: Aalborg University, Copenhagen (AAU...

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