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

8/02 - 2018 | Uncategorized

GENOPSLAG: Ph.d.-studerende til RUC

Ph.d.-projektet er inden for rammerne af Region Sjællands projekt ”Tidlig opsporing af kræft”. Institut for Kommunikation og Humanistisk Videnskab, Roskilde Universitet, søger en...

8/02 - 2018 | Uncategorized

The “Me” in the “We”: Anthropological Engagements with Personalized...

Inaugural lecture by Mette Nordahl Svendsen, Professor in Medical Anthropology with special responsibilities in the social and ethical aspects of personalized medicine. Monday, February 26, 2018...

7/02 - 2018 | Uncategorized

DASTS Conference 2018 – extended deadline for abstracts

May 24 – May 25 Dear all STS’ers. We have extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to feb 14th! Submission details can be found below. DASTS Biennial Conference Theme...

6/02 - 2018 | Uncategorized

Uncertainty in clinical genetics

Lecture by Professor Stefan Timmermans, UCLA. March 2nd, 2018. From 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm followed by a wine reception at VIVE, The Danish Centre of Applied Social Science, Herluf Trolles Gade 11...

5/02 - 2018 | Uncategorized

PhD fellowship: Project Management and its methods and tools: The...

The Center for STS studies offers a PhD fellowship in the field of Science-Technology-Society (STS) and project management (PM). The aim of the position is to research project management practices...