About Uppsala STS

 

Uppsala STS is a multi-disciplinary research network for research on the relationship between science, technology and society in general and between science, technology and business in particular.

Science has probably always subject to a variety of expectations. Today’s researchers, however, are not only subject to expectations regarding their ability to contribute to the development of their own fields or institutions, but also regarding their capacity to produce knowledge that yields measurable, short term economic effects. This changing view of the role of science in society is a main focus of the research conducted at Uppsala STS.

The standard view of scientific progress in the 20th century was that it develops in accordance with an internal logic. Thus scientific research was perceived and treated as relatively autonomous. In the last three or four decades, however, science has increasingly been perceived and treated primarily as a resource to be manipulated and tapped for economic profit or social benefit by business and government. Resting on a large body of research in the social sciences and the humanities, Uppsala STS approaches the relation between science, technology and society from an interactive perspective, in which the problem-solving processes of scientific practice and its results are studied in terms of complex, contextually sensitive interactions and interventions between intellectual, social, cultural, economic, political and material elements.

As the scientific and social context changes and as research policy emerges as a central concern in national as well as trans-national politics, critical analyses of the relationship between science, technology and society are more salient than ever. The aim of Uppsala STS is to initiate and support such research, as well as contribute to educational programs in the field.


Uppsala STS have two main research profiles:

1) "Science Technology, Business":
3) "Science, Technology, Society": Research and Policy.

Uppsala STS is also a platform for research in general in the area of Science and Technology Studies at Uppsala University.
Uppsala STS is a multi-disciplinary centre for research on the relationship between science, technology and society in general and between science, technology and business in particular.

Organisation

Uppsala STS is a multi-disciplinary research network at Uppsala University located to the Department of Economic History in the Faculty of Social Science, but the disciplinary affiliations of its researchers and their topics spans a variety of disciplines within the liberal arts and social sciences, as well as the natural sciences and medicine. Several research projects at Uppsala STS are conducted in collaboration with other universities and organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Director: Ylva Hasselberg, Professor, Uppsala STS and Department of Economic History.

Research Leader: Alexandra Waluszewski, Professor, Uppsala STS and Department of Economic History.