easst council members

Fred Steward

  • Fred Steward
  • Elected President 2013-2016
  • Professor of Innovation and Sustainability
  • Policy Studies Institute, Westminster University, UK

Fred Steward was one of the first cohort of MSc graduates in Science & Technology Studies at the University of Manchester where he completed a PhD on risk and innovation. Led innovation research and teaching at Brunel University and Aston University before joining PSI in 2009. Advised government departments in the UK, Europe and China on innovation and sustainability. Guest Professor (2012) at the Technical University of Denmark. Primary research interest is in ‘transformative innovation’ drawing on network sociology and sociotechnical transitions. The role of innovation in addressing the global challenge of climate change and environmental sustainability is his current research focus. He is currently engaged in an EIT Climate-KIC project on low carbon cities and regions.

Estrid Sørensen

  • Estrid Sørensen
  • Elected Council Member 2013-2016
  • EASST Secretary
  • Junior Professor, Mercator Research Group “Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge”
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Estrid Sørensen is a Junior Professor in the research group “Spaces of Anthropological Knowledge” investigating ways of knowing and doing the human through science and technology. Her current work concerns how classification of violent computer games as harmful to children are produced in science, press, regulation, industry and in gaming practices, and how such classifications circulate among the spaces. Estrid has worked in psychology, sociology as well as social anthropology. She is the author of “The Materiality of Learning” (Cambridge) and additionally to the production and circulation of knowledge she has published on cognition, children in/of science and technology and ethnography.

Harro van Lente

  • Harro van Lente
  • Elected Council Member 2013-2016
  • EASST Treasurer
  • Professor of Philosophy of Sustainable Development at Maastricht University and Associate Professor of Emerging Technologies at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Harro van Lente has research interests in the relation between needs and novelty. Needs are not pre-given entities, but co-evolve with ongoing technological change, which raises questions about sustainable development. His approach is the sociology of expectations and seeks to develop anticipatory tools. Special interest in fields like nanotechnology, hydrogen and medical technologies. He is Program Director of Technology Assessment in the NanoNextNL consortium.

Attila Bruni

  • Attila Bruni
  • Elected Council Member 2011-2014
  • Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the Faculty of Sociology
  • University of Trento, Italy

Attila Bruni is Lecturer at the department of Sociology and Social Research of the Faculty of Sociology of the Trento University, where he teaches Sociology of Technological Phenomena. He is President of the Italian Society for Science and Technology Studies (www.stsitalia.org), and his research interests regard particularly the intersection between technological phenomena, work and organizing practices, the construction of gender in the workplace, qualitative methodologies, phenomenological and interactionist sociology.

Marton Fabok

  • Marton Fabok
  • Elected Council Member 2013-2016 (Student Representative)
  • PhD Student
  • Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool, UK

Márton Fabók is doing his PhD research project on the long-term future of nuclear power in the United Kingdom. He has an educational background in economics (Corvinus University of Budapest), environmental sciences (ELTE University, Budapest) and sociology (Lancaster University, UK). In his PhD project he aims to build up an ethnography-minded research methodology to address agency in future-making. His current research interests include governance of technological and environmental issues in Western and Eastern Europe, expertise and cultures of practice, contentious politics and public participation, and generally the nexus between organising, spatiality and knowledge.

Ignacio Farias

  • Ignacio Farias
  • Elected Council Member 2013-2016
  • Research Fellow
  • Social Science Research Center Berlin, Germany

Ignacio Farías (Ph.D., Humboldt University Berlin, 2008) is Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin. With a background in sociology and anthropology, he is currently preparing a book on studio life and creative processes in three creative industries. Farías has done extensive research in urban issues, such as tourism and disaster reconstruction. He is co-editor of Urban Assemblages. How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies (Routledge 2009) and author of journals articles in Space and Culture, Mobilities, CITY and Convergencia. Revista de Ciencias Sociales.

Maja Horst

  • Maja Horst
  • Elected Council Member 2013-2016
  • Head of Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Maja Horst’s research interests focus on the relationship between science and society – with particular emphasis on public communication about science and technology. She works within these particular areas: science and technology studies; science communication; public understanding of science; research organisation and management; higher education; and sociology of innovation.
Current research includes scientific social responsibility; communication by research leaders; ethical issues in science communication; and the policy contribution of science and technology studies.

Pierre-Benoit Joly

  • Pierre-Benoit Joly
  • Elected Council Member 2013-2016
  • Directeur de recherche at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in France. Director of the IFRIS (French Institute for Studies of Research and Innovation in Society) and of Labex (Laboratory of Excellence) SITES , France

Pierre-Benoit Joly is an economist and sociologist. Since 1996, his research activities are focused on the governance of collective risks, socio-technical controversies, the use of scientific advice in public decision making and the forms of public participation in scientific activities. He was Member of the expert group “Science and Governance” at the European Commission, he is Member of the French Comité de Prévention et de Précaution and he chairs the Scientific Council of the Programme on GMOs at the French Ministry for Ecology. He lectures at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and at Sciences Po Paris.

Laura Watts

  • Laura Watts
  • Elected Council Member 2011-2014
  • Assistant Professor, IT
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Laura Watts is an ethnographer and Assistant Professor at IT University of Copenhagen. Her research is concerned with the effect of landscape and location on how futures are imagined and made; how different landscapes make different futures. She has worked with people and places in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, the mobile telecoms industry, the marine renewable energy industry, and the public transport sector.

Sampsa Hyysalo

  • Sampsa Hyysalo
  • Co-opted member; Co-ordinating editor of Science & Technology Studies
  • Associate professor of co-design
  • Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Sampsa Hyysalo’s research interests are in the role of users in socio-technical change, co-design arrangements and evolution of user and designer practices. He pursues a biographies of technologies and practices approach that bridges situated interactions to long term innovation journeys and pathways of practice change. He received his MA in cultural history, his Phd in behavioral sciences and also since been transdisciplinary in orientation.

Ann Rudinow Sætnan

  • Ann Rudinow Sætnan
  • Co-opted Council Member: editor of EASST Review
  • Professor
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Ann Rudinow Sætnan’s research interests are medical science and technology, technologies of surveillance and governance – always with an eye to social categorization and distribution, e.g. gender, race, ethnicity, age, class … For publications on surveillance technologies see under “results” at www.urbaneye.net. For work on medical technologies and gender, see Sætnan, Oudshoorn & Kirejczyk (2000) Bodies of Technology. For work on technologies of governance, see Sætnan, Lomell and Hammer (2011) The Mutual Construction of Statistics and Society. Besides teaching and research, Ann serves as editor of EASST Review and as a lay member of the Norwegian Privacy Board.


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