STIS was established in 2008 through the merger of the Science Studies Unit and the Research Centre for Social Sciences. Building on the legacy of these centres, present members of staff continue to research the social shaping of science, technology, medicine and innovation and how they in turn shape society.
Today STIS has over forty staff and a similar number of PhD students. Staff are broadly organised into four research clusters: History and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine; Environmental Science, Technology and Sustainability; Life Science Innovation; and Information and Communication Technology. The subject group hosts the Innogen Institute and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation.