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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
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British Academy Visiting Fellow Award

We are delighted to announce that Professor Jane Desmond (University of Illinois) has been awarded a Visiting Fellow grant from the British Academy. Then aim of this Award is to enable academics to be based at a UK University, and to develop collaborative projects.
16 June 2023

Out Now | Ecological Reparation: Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict

Ecological Reparation - Repair, Remediation and Resurgence in Social and Environmental Conflict, Edited by Dimitris Papadopoulos, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa and Maddalena Tacchetti is now out and available to order from Bristol University Press.
27 February 2023

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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