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

23/03 - 2017 | Uncategorized

The philosophy and history of evidence-based policy-making

WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT 29 September 2017, Aalborg University Copenhagen “We have watched as scientific integrity has been undermined and scientific research politicized in an effort to advance...

23/03 - 2017 | Uncategorized

Dataetik – den nye konkurrencefordel

publicETHOS by Pernille Tranberg  Auditorium 2, IT Universitetet, 5. maj 10:00-11:30. Gratis adgang.  Dette foredrag om dataetik handler om, hvordan privatliv og individets ret til at kontrollere...

23/03 - 2017 | Uncategorized


SODAS Inaugural Lecture Series 2017 Data has become part of the basic fabric of social life in many different ways. What sorts of questions do we need to start asking in order to understand, prepare...

17/03 - 2017 | Uncategorized

Entrepreneurship in the Age of Innovation: Individuals and their environments

Talk by Brit Ross Winthereik, Associate Professor and Head of ETHOS Lab, IT University of Copenhagen at the third STL seminar this term. Time: 4th April 2017, 15.00-16.30 Location: Auditorium...

8/03 - 2017 | Uncategorized

Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference – Extended Deadline!

Extended deadline until the 20th of March! The conference committee for the third Nordic Science and Technology Studies Conference has received many interesting abstracts and panel proposals but...