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Call for Papers: Special Issue of Science Studies

The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: celebrating the contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011)

Special Issue of Science Studies, edited by Robin Williams, Mark Winskel and Sonia Liff

Stewart Russell moved from undergraduate studies in physical sciences at Cambridge, UK to postgraduate work and academic posts in the field of science and technology studies (STS).  His postgraduate work was undertaken at the Technology Policy Unit at Aston University and he had extended periods of employment at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia and latterly the University of Edinburgh, Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation. 

Stewart made theoretical contributions to STS particularly by stressing a distinctive political approach which recognized structural constraints while exploring opportunities for action.  He applied this approach to a number of empirical studies with relevance to environmental sustainability, most notably analyses of combined heat and power, as well as to campaigns.  The past decade has seen renewed interest and engagement with such ideas in the context of responses to climate change.

Following Stewart’s death in September 2011, a symposium was held in March 2012 to reflect on his contribution.  This involved a wide range of papers reflecting on changing STS perspectives from the 1980s to specific studies of developments in energy technologies.  Programme and slides.

We would like to build on this event through a special issue of Science Studies.  We are inviting contributions from those who presented at the symposium but are also extending the call to others in the field.  All papers should comply with the normal requirements of Science Studies (see Instructions for Authors ) and will be subject to full refereeing. 

The deadline for submission of papers is:  31st January 2013.  We would welcome notice of intention to submit.  Colleagues who submit abstracts (maximum 1 page A4) by 15th October 2012 will receive feedback from the editors about the fit of their proposed contribution to the special edition.

Though the journal has a maximum article length of 10,000 words, for this special edition slightly shorter articles are preferred (7 – 8,000 words including footnotes and references) to enable a wider array of papers to appear together.

When submitting manuscripts, please send them via sciencestudies.fi submission pages, as well as to the corresponding guest editor,  robin.williams@ed.ac.uk.

To designate your paper as part of the special issue, please add a special issue denominator at the end of your title “SI_CSR

Communication in relation to this Special Issue should be sent to: robin.williams@ed.ac.uk


The journal Science Studies will appear from 2013 as Science and Technology Studies

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