Centre for Science Studies

Founded in 1986, the Centre for Science Studies (CSS) is internationally recognized for its research in the social studies of science and technology. It promotes and facilitates interdisciplinary research across the boundaries of science, technology, and public policy. The Centre brings together research and teaching in all four faculties at Lancaster University within four priority areas:

  1. Health, technology and medicine,
  2. Data cultures,
  3. Energy and environments,
  4. Disasters and futures.

(For more details please visit our research page).

Our work has been supported by grants from the ESRC, Intel, EPSRC, and the EU (Horizon 2020). Our collaborators include: LU Institute for Social Futures, LU Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, LU Centre for the Study of Environmental Change, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust, Lancashire County Council, Linkoping University, ITU Copenhagen, UNSW, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester.

The Centre regularly hosts research events including conferences, seminar series and an annual Postgraduate STS conference (in 2017 this is in collaboration with the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester). It has a thriving postgraduate community and hosts visiting researchers. It is a member of the UK Association for Studies in Science, Innovation and Technology.