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.

Priority themes

The Centre brings together research and teaching in all four faculties at Lancaster University, across three priority themes:

  • Politics and practices of knowledge production
  • Data cultures & quantification
  • Climate, energy and environment

For more details, please visit our research page.


CSS is a member of the STSMN (Science and Technology Studies in the Midlands and North) network, which brings together colleagues from STS centres, institutes and groupings at universities in Lancaster, Leeds, Nottingham, Sheffield, and York.

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 approach is resolutely interdisciplinary. This has included recent collaborations with other research centres at Lancaster, including:

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.

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