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

24/10 - 2016 | Events

Situating Digital Methods

[ November 8, 2016; 12:00 to 13:00. 12:00 to 13:00. ] publicETHOS talk by Richard Rogers Time: November 8th 12:00-13:00 Place: Auditorium 2, IT-University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaardsvej 7...

20/10 - 2016 | Events

Vessels of Care and Control

[ October 24, 2016; 14:30 to 15:45. 14:30 to 15:45. ] By Ionat Zurr Dr. Ionat Zurr will give a seminar on 'Vessels of Care and Control', at Medical Museion on Monday 24th October at 14.30. The...

20/10 - 2016 | Uncategorized

PhD student Position in Interaction Design with focus on participatory design

The PhD programme prepares the candidate for a research or teaching career in academia as well as provides professional skills for work outside the academic field. An essential aim of the programme is...

13/10 - 2016 | Events

What if Nothing Happens?

[ October 21, 2016; 09:00 to 10:00. ] publicETHOS presentation by Noortje Marres, Associate Professor at Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. October 21st...

13/10 - 2016 | Events

The Future of Mobility

[ October 28, 2016; 10:00 to 11:30. ] Talk by Günter Getzinger, Graz University of Technology October 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM at the IT University of Copenhagen, room 5A60 Mobility...

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