Founded in 1986, the Centre for Science Studies (CSS) is internationally recognized for its research in Science and Technology Studies (STS). 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:

  • Health, technology and medicine
  • Data cultures
  • Energy and environments
  • Disasters and futures

For more details please visit our research page.

Our work has been supported by grants and income from EASST, EPSRC, ESRC, the EU (Horizon 2020), Intel, and NWCR. The Centre also receives support from the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University.

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 events funded by its annual funding call. 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.

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