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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


What is Science and Technology Studies?

Edinburgh has been home to a leading centre of interdisciplinary research and teaching in the area of science, technology and innovation studies since  the founding of the Science Studies Unit in 1966. Our students and staff come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds in both the natural and social sciences.

Our areas of particular research strength include:

  • the sociology and social history of science and technology;
  • the sociology and economics of the life sciences and medicine;
  • the social shaping of information and communication technologies;
  • the governance of science, technology and innovation;
  • environment and sustainability;
  • the politics of public engagement with science and technology.

If you would like to know more about our staff, our research interests and even just to put a face to names, then visit our departmental staff profile pages.

For an overview of the history of Science & Technology Studies (STS) at Edinburgh, you can read John Henry’s 2008 article ‘Historical and other studies of science, technology and medicine in the University of Edinburgh,’ Notes & Records of the Royal Society 62: 223-235.