Science and technology pervade all aspects of modern life. Think of the impact of vaccines, mobile phones, jet travel or the internet on how we interact with one another and understand our own place in society.

How have theories of natural selection, advances in quantum physics, synthetic biology or new medical theories and technologies changed the way we see ourselves? How have the politics of climate change influenced the science of climate change?

Scholars in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies tackle all of these issues. We aim to answer the big questions around how societies both influence and are influenced by science, medicine and technology.


We produce innovative and interdisciplinary research, public policy advice and consultancy on the socio-economic implications of technology and innovation. We have an international reputation as a leading centre of excellence and we attract a substantial level of external funding. We also host the Innogen Institute and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Our research currently covers four broad themes:

  • Environmental Science, Technology and Sustainability
  • History and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Life Science Innovation


We have a thriving and cosmopolitan community of graduate students studying on our postgraduate programmes. We also offer a range of undergraduate courses focussing on various aspects of the historical and social dimensions of science and technology.