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

16/01 - 2017 | Uncategorized

Papers and panel discussants for a panel at the ECRR General Conference

We are seeking papers and a chair for two panels in Section 17: Co-production of science, technology and society in Global Governance held at the ECPR General Conference in Oslo, September 6-8 2017...

11/01 - 2017 | Uncategorized

An invitation to Lancaster University’s Intellectual Party/Summer conference

26th-27th June 2017. Students from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences would like to invite other PhDs/MAs to an Intellectual Party/Summer Conference incorporating Dedicated...

10/01 - 2017 | Uncategorized

Ph.d.-stipendium i bynatur

Samfunds- og humanvidenskabelig forskning i bynatur ved Sociologisk Institut, Københavns Universitet. Sociologisk Institut, Københavns Universitet, inviterer ansøgere til et ph.d.-stipendium...

6/01 - 2017 | Events

Telecare and the transformation of care – Beyond promises and nightmares

Research seminar with Professor Jeannette Pols at Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University. Thursday 9 February kl 13-16. In recent years telecare has become a new mantra for reforming...

6/01 - 2017 | Uncategorized

Become a Student representative on EASST Council

Nomination Deadline: 13th January A reminder that we have re-issued the call for a student representative on EASST Council. This person becomes a full member of the EASST Council, which is the body...