Institute for Science and Society



The Institute for Science and Society (ISS) is committed to producing excellent, innovative and engaged research. Since ISS was set up in 1998, we have:

  • attracted grants and contracts over £20m from various funding bodies including the Leverhulme and Wellcome Trusts, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), EU Horizon 2020, the European Research Council (ERC), the National Health Service (NHS)

  • undertaken world-leading research projects and commissions for government agencies and prominent organisations 

  • taught and supervised over 50 postgraduate and PhD students


Selected research projects

  • An eight year CDT in "Sustainable Chemistry: Atoms-2-Products an Integrated Approach to Sustainable Chemistry." EPSRC. Co-I: Dimitris Papadopoulos; PI: Pete Licence, 2019-2028

  • An eighteen-months project "Talking about gene drive: An exploration of language to enable understanding and deliberation in Africa, Europe, North America and Australasia". Wellcome Trust. Co-I: Brigitte Nerlich; Research Fellow: Aleksandra Stelmach; PI: Sarah Hartley, 2019-2020

  • A five-year collaborative award on the Animal Research Nexus: Changing Constitutions of Science, Health and Welfare. Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award. Co-I: Pru Hobson-West, 2017-2022

  • A three-year project investigating potential challenges posed by the connections between cloud-based services and the Internet of Things in the workplace and home. EPSRC. Co-I: Murray Goulden, 2018-2021

  • A two-year project on the implementation of bio-rural energy scheme in Ghana. University of Nottingham. Co-I: Alison Mohr, 2018-2020

  • Dimitris Papadopoulos is a Leverhulme Research Fellow working on the emergence of ecologically sustainable chemical innovations, 2018-2020

  • Murray Goulden is a Nottingham Research Fellow working on the role of digital technologies within social practices, 2017-2020 

  • A two-year ODA research project on collaborative crafting practices and digital textiles and their role in reconciliation and community building in Colombia. UKRI Newton Fund-Colciencias. PI: Dimitris Papadopoulos, 2018-2020 

  • A five-year Synthetic Biology Research Centre. BBSRC/EPSRC. Co-I: Brigitte Nerlich, social science lead: Carmen McLeod, 2014-2020

  • A five-year programme exploring sustainability in urban habitats. Leverhulme Trust. Social science lead: Reiner Grundmann, 2015-2020

  • A three-year research programme on antimicrobial resistance in farms. NERC. Social science lead: Sujatha Raman, 2016-2019 

  • A discourse analytic study of genetic counselling in Hong Kong. General Research Fund of Hong Kong. Co-I: Alison Pilmick, 2018-19

  • A three-year research project on 3D printing with atoms. PI: Philip Moriarty, social science collaborator: Brigitte Nerlich, 2016-2019 

  • A project on governing rights and access to community energy for development. ESRC. PI: Alison Mohr, 2017-2018 

  • A five-year programme exploring the challenges in making science more public. Leverhulme Trust. PI: Brigitte Nerlich and Sujatha Raman, 2012-2018 

  • A Project on promotion of long-term sustainability of charcoal as fuel in Ghana. ESRC Nexus Network and the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). PI: Sujatha Raman, 2015-2018

  • Participation in the RCUK Supergen Bioenergy Hub. Lead: Alison Mohr. Started in 2017

  • A five-year programme exploring synthetic biology and responsible research and innovation, funded by the BBSRC/EPSRC, 2013-2017

  • A three-year project examined climate change as a complex social issue. ESRC/ORA. 2011-2014

Postdoctoral and PhD research

If you are interested in conducting research at ISS, please contact Professor Dimitris Papadopoulos.

Contact us

+44 (0)115 95 15230

Institute for Science and Society
School of Sociology and Social Policy
Law and Social Sciences
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD