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Welcome to the Institute for Science and Society

Welcome to the Institute of Science and Society (ISS), a leading interdisciplinary centre for the study of science and technology.

Our research is transforming how we engage with science; expanding public participation in knowledge and innovation; and developing novel ways to influence scientific, technological and policy change.

The Institute for Science and Society (ISS) is one of the leading centres in Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the UK, Europe and internationally. We investigate the social, political and ecological aspects of science and technology. This requires transdisciplinary approaches, that bring together the sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. ISS members use a variety of research methods, including qualitative, quantitative, and participatory approaches. Since ISS was established in 1998 we have attracted over £20 million in external research funding, in collaboration with partners across many different disciplines.

Our role in the School of Sociology and Social Policy is to bring together staff and students with an interest in STS and aligned fields, support collaboration on funded research activities, and provide high quality teaching and training. We also seek to model positive research cultures, and are strongly committed to supporting new generations of STS scholars, postgraduate research students and early career researchers.

Our role in the University of Nottingham is to act as a hub for academics and students who seek to study, problematise or reflect on the past, present and future role of science and technology. In this way, we act as a bridge between the Faculty of Social Sciences, and other faculties in the university, helping to ensure the university succeeds in its mission of being a university ‘without borders’. 

Our role nationally and internationally is to champion and promote the importance of co-produced scholarship on science and society. We do this by seeking to influence research trajectories, funder priorities, and social and ethical debates. For example, ISS has launched EcoSocieties, a capacity building thematic programme of research committed to facilitate ecological transitions in our societies.

Staff and students in ISS study a wide range of topics, including: 

  • Sustainable social infrastructures: energy, climate change, green chemical technologies and low carbon transitions
  • Health and the psychosocial: biomedicine, bioscience and the psychological and social constitution of our lives 
  • Alternative technoscience: from minority engagement, participatory practices and activist research to citizen science and community technoscience
  • Animals, medicine and society: laboratory research and veterinary ethics
  • Expanding bioeconomies: circular economies, responsible innovation and the valorisation of waste, renewables and biomass
  • Involved STS: feminist, decolonial, cultural and more-than-human approaches to science, technology and society
  • Language and science: metaphors, representations and the framing of scientific and technological issues in public discourse and the media
  • Digital lives: from sensing technologies to big data screening and data culling to digital objects and the fusion of code and matter
  • Responsible Research and Innovation: science and society collaborations, public deliberation and participatory governance, science policy, scientific decision making
  • Transdisciplinary engagements: synergies between the social sciences, medicine, physical sciences, biosciences and engineering
About Us


ISS Professor awarded prestigious fellowship

Professor Grundmann was awarded the prestigious Theodor Karman fellowship at the RWTH Aachen University.
26 April 2024

Out now: New book 'Researching Animal Research'

Professor Pru Hobson-West has recently co-published a book is entitled 'Researching animal research: What the humanities and social sciences can contribute to laboratory animal science and welfare'.
26 April 2024

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Beyond positionality: the role and impact of researcher emotion in the research process

10 July 2024 (09:30-16:30)
Monica Partridge Room E07, University of Nottingham, University Park
with Dr Laura Mauldin (University of Connecticut) and Dr Hazel Marzetti (University of Edinburgh)

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