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

What we are doing

What Danish STS are doing

9/07 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Two Numbers of Encounters out now!

Read them by activating the links below: Volume 10 Number 4 2018 Maguire, James: Prototyping Worlds: Emergent Technologies in the Aerial Age, pp. 1-30. Volume 10 Number 3 2018 Winthereik, Brit...

19/06 - 2018 | Uncategorized

PhD Course: “Infrastructures of Governance”

  Governance is increasingly shaped by highly complex infrastructures. Defined in contrast to government, governance can be considered a system of rule that uses mobilizing techniques and recruit...

19/06 - 2018 | Uncategorized

PhD Course in STS. “Introduction to STS: Unpacking Technoscience Studies”

The course is 7.5 credits and will be given in weeks 45-48 and week 51 (5 Nov – 30 Nov, 18 Dec 2018). The course gives an introduction of theories and approaches that are central for researching the...

14/06 - 2018 | Uncategorized

PhD-position in science and innovation policy in the USA

The Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of STS and organization studies. The scholarship is part of the...

12/06 - 2018 | Uncategorized


All members of 4S should note that elections are now open. One of the candidates for 4S President is Alan Irwin from Copenhagen Business School. The deadline for voting is July 2nd. See nominees...