S&TS journal

Science & Technology Studies

EASST launched its own international, peer reviewed, online journal Science & Technology Studies in 2012.

In response to the steady growth of our field EASST wishes to create a new strong international journal which benefits its members and the wider STS community. The journal is a development of Science Studies, which has a 25 volume history of internationally peer-reviewed publications. The journal is under review to be included in social science citation index (SSCI).

From 2016 the journal has increased its number of issues to four.  These will appear in February, May, September and December.

From 2017 Science & Technology Studies will be a fully open access journal. EASST continues to provide financial support to the journal. EASST is proud to support a flagship open access journal for the whole STS community which is independent of commercial publishing houses.

All issues can be found on the journal’s own website at www.sciencetechnologystudies.org

Latest Issue: Science & Technology Studies: Volume 30 (4) 2017, Special Issue: STS and Global Health

  • Salla Sariola, Nora Engel, Patricia Kingori & Catherine M. Montgomery
    Guest editorial: Special Issue: STS and Global Health
  • Meike Wolf
    Knowing Pandemics: An Investigation into the Enactment of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Urban Environments (see abstract)
  • Catherine M. Montgomery
    Clinical Trials and the Drive to Material Standardisation: ‘Extending the Rails’ or Reinventing the Wheel? (see abstract)
  • Annette-Carina van der Zaag
    Imaginings of Empowerment and the Biomedical Production of Bodies: the Story of Nonoxynol-9 (see abstract)


Knowing Pandemics: An Investigation into the Enactment of Pandemic Influenza Preparedness in Urban Environments
Meike Wolf

How does microbial emergence become a local area of medical, political, and technological intervention in cities such as London or Frankfurt? Through a multi-sited ethnography of urban health authorities, hospitals, blue light services, and epidemiologists, this article examines the achievement of pandemic order in times of crisis. Its specific focus is on pandemic influenza preparedness. By tracing the complex spatiotemporal, technological, and administrative dimensions required for the articulation of a local pandemic threat, this paper will look at how public health experts know about the arrival of an influenza pandemic, how sociotechnical networks are assembled in the decision-making process, and how single cases of illness are drawn into spaces of pandemic potential. Integrating concepts from science and technology studies and critical global health, the article highlights how disease emergence entails hard work and administrative, technological, political, and biomedical skills in order to be made present and tangible. In consequence, it will be argued that local pandemic preparedness does not result from a linear adaption of internationally circulating standards, but from rather precarious modes and modalities of ordering.
Keywords: influenza preparedness, emergency planning, global health
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Clinical Trials and the Drive to Material Standardisation: ‘Extending the Rails’ or Reinventing the Wheel?
Catherine M. Montgomery

There have long been calls from within both industry and academic groups to reduce the bureaucratisation of clinical trials and make them more ‘sensible’, with the focus on approvals and guidelines. Here, I focus on the mundane environments of a multi-centre clinical trial to ask how ‘sensible’ it is to standardise trials at the level of material objects. Drawing on ethnographic data collected in the UK, South Africa and Vietnam, I present three vignettes of material standardisation. While acknowledging some positive effects, I argue that standardising in this way may be antithetical to sustainable and relevant clinical research. Three dimensions of this are discussed: 1) the external validity of evidence from pragmatic trials 2) the gap between experimentation and implementation and 3) long-term site capacity to conduct research. Drawing on the literature on ‘situated standardisation’, the paper concludes by suggesting a greater acknowledgement of the need for trials not only to be ‘sensible’ but also ‘situated’.
Keywords: clinical trials, standardisation, materiality
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Imaginings of Empowerment and the Biomedical Production of Bodies: the Story of Nonoxynol-9
Annette-Carina van der Zaag

In this paper, I will explore the development of vaginal microbicides (female-initiated HIV prevention methods designed as gels, films, sponges and rings women can insert vaginally before having sex to protect themselves against HIV infection) as a women’s health intervention that entangles feminist ideals of empowerment with biomedical enterprise. The field of vaginal microbicide development pay sheed to both the specific biological vulnerabilities of ‘the female body’ that are understood to make women more susceptible to HIV infection as well as the social gendered power relations that leave women at a higher risk of HIV within the power dynamics of their sexual relationships. I am particularly interested in the ambiguity that emerges between the effects of a biomedical search for facticity through clinical trial testing and advocacy promises of empowerment, which I will explore through analysing the clinical trials of Nonoxynol-9 microbicide candidates in the early 1990s – a microbicide candidate that was continuously linked to vaginal ulceration and consequently a potential increase in receptivity to HIV. Through an interrogation of clinical trial reports, advocacy documents and a social science study in which the women trial participants articulated Nonoxynol-9 as their “protector”, I argue that the story of Nonoxynol-9 shows an intrinsic ambiguity between the field’s feminist promise of empowerment and the effects of the biomedical search for an effective microbicide candidate. Drawing on the work of Karen Barad, I argue that agential realism is able to provide a robust analytical framework to interrogate the political and ethical effects of this ambiguity that the field’s own discourse of empowerment does not sufficiently provide.
Keywords: HIV, vaginal microbicides, agential realism, global health, new materialism

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Previous Issues: Science & Technology Studies:

Volume 30 (3) 2017

  • Catherine M. Montgomery, Patricia Kingori, Salla Sariola & Nora Engel
    Guest editorial: Critique and complicity: STS and Global Health
  • Rachel Douglas-Jones
    Making Room for Ethics: Spaces, Surveys and Standards in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • Alex Faulkner
    Bioinformatics Imaginaries in the Engine-Room of Genomic Health Policy: Integration and Heterogeneity in India and the UK
  • Nora Engel, Vijayashree Yellappa, Nitika Pant Pai & Madhukar Pai
    Diagnosing at Point of Care in South India: Coordination Work and Frictions

Volume 30 (2) 2017

  • Norma Möllers
    The Mundane Politics of ‘Security Research’ : Tailoring Research Problems
  • Pia Vuolanto
    The Universities’ Transformation Thesis Revisited : A Case Study of the Relationship Between Nursing Science and Society
  • Manuela Fernandez Pinto
    To Know or Better Not to : Agnotology and the Social Construction of Ignorance in Commercially Driven Research

Volume 30 (1) 2017

  • Irina Papazu
    Nearshore Wind Resistance on Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island: Not Another NIMBY Story
  • Aaro Mikael Tupasela, Karoliina Snell, Jose A. Canada
    Rethinking Therapeutic Misconception in Biobanking – Ambivalence Between Research and Treatment
  • Oliver Dimbath, Stefan Böschen
    Forms of Articulating Epistemic Critique: the Necessity and Virtue of Internal Skepticism in Academia

Volume 29 (4) 2016

  • Samuel Goëta & Tim Davies
    The Daily Shaping of State Transparency: Standards, Machine-Readability and the Configuration of Open Government Data Policies
  • Ayelet Shavit & Yael Silver
    Rethinking Therapeutic Misconception in Biobanking – Ambivalence Between Research and Treatment
  • Dagny Stuedahl, Mari Runardotter & Christina Mörtberg
    Attachments to Participatory Digital Infrastructures in the Cultural Heritage Sector

Volume 29 (3) 2016

  • Yu-Wei Lin, Jo Bates, & Paula Goodale
    Co-Observing the Weather, Co-Predicting the Climate: Human Factors in Building Infrastructures for Crowdsourced Data
  • Kirk Jalbert
    Building Knowledge Infrastructures for Empowerment: A Study of Grassroots Water Monitoring Networks in the Marcellus Shale
  • Celine Granjou & Jeremy Walker
    Promises that Matter: Reconfiguring Ecology in the Ecotrons
  • Marcello Aspria, Marleen de Mul, Samantha Adams, & Roland Bal
    Of Blooming Flowers and Multiple Sockets: The Role of Metaphors in the Politics of Infrastructural Work

Volume 29 (2) 2016

  • Masato Fukushima
    Value Oscillation in Knowledge Infrastructure: Observing its Dynamic in Japan’s Drug Discovery Pipeline
  • Peter Taber
    Taxonomic Government: Ecuador’s National Herbarium and the Institution of Biodiversity, 1986-1996
  • Éric Dagiral & Ashveen Peerbaye
    Making Knowledge in Boundary Infrastructures: Inside and Beyond a Database for Rare Diseases
  • Kalpana Shankar, Kristin R. Eschenfelder & Greg Downey
    Studying the History of Social Science Data Archives as Knowledge Infrastructure

Volume 29 (1) 2016

  • Sally Wyatt, Anna Harris, & Susan E. Kelly
    Controversy goes online: Schizophrenia genetics on Wikipedia
  • Elena Parmiggiani & Eric Monteiro
    A measure of ‘environmental happiness’: Infrastructuring environmental risk in oil and gas offshore operations
  • Angie M. Boyce
    Outbreaks and the management of ‘second-order friction’: Repurposing materials and data from the health care and food systems for public health surveillance

Volume 28 (3) 2015

  • Andrew S Balmer, Jane Calvert, Claire Marris, Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, Emma Frow, Matthew Kearnes, Kate Bulpin, Pablo Schyfter, Adrian Mackenzie & Paul Martin
    Taking Roles in Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Reflections on Working in Post-ELSI Spaces in the UK Synthetic Biology Community
  • Ellis P Judson, Sandra Bell, Harriet Bulkeley, Gareth Powells & Stephen Lyon
    The Co-Construction of Energy Provision and Everyday Practice: Integrating Heat Pumps in Social Housing in England
  • Sophie Nyborg:
    Pilot Users and Their Families: Inventing Flexible Practices in the Smart Grid
  • Monika Kurath
    Architecture as a Science: Boundary Work and the Demarcation of Design Knowledge from Research
  • Saana Jukola:
    Meta-Analysis, Ideals of Objectivity, and the Reliability of Medical Knowledge

Volume 28 (2) 2015

  • Michael Morrison
    STS and Enhancement Technologies: A Programme for Future Research
  • Karen Dam Nielsen
    Involving Patients with E-health: The Dialogic Dynamics of Information Filtration Work
  • Shai Mulinari, Tora Holmberg and Malin Ideland
    Money, Money, Money? Politico-Moral Discourses of Stem Cell Research in a Grant Allocation Process
  • Sven Braun, Michael Friedewald and Govert Valkenburg
    Civilizing Drones: Military Discourses Going Civil?

Volume 28 (1) 2015

  • Guest Editorial
    Robin Williams, Sonia Liff and Mark Winskel
    The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: Celebrating the Contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011): Second Part
  • Knut H. Sørensen
    From ‘Alternative’ to ‘Advanced’: Mainstreaming of Sustainable Technologies
  • Graham Spinardi and Rebecca Slayton
    Greener Aviation Take-off (Delayed): Analysing Environmental Transitions with the Multi-Level Perspective
  • Kean Birch and Kirby Calvert
    Rethinking ‘Drop-in’ Biofuels: On the Political Materialities of Bioenergy
  • Christian Clausen and Wendy Gunn
    From the Social Shaping of Technology to the Staging of Temporary Spaces of Innovation – A Case of Participatory Innovation

Volume 27 (3) 2014

  • Guest Editorial
    Robin Williams, Sonia Liff, Mark Winskel and Fred Steward
    The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: Celebrating the Contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011)
  • Matthias Weber
    The Success and Failure of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands: Revisiting Stewart Russell’s Perspective on Technology Choices in Society
  • Janette Webb
    Evaluating Urban Energy Systems in the UK – the Implications for Financing Heat Networks
  • David J C Hawkey
    District Heating in the UK: Prospects for a Third National Programme
  • Original article
  • Sarah R Davies
    Knowing and Loving: Public Engagement beyond Discourse

Volume 27 (2) 2014

  • Guest Editorial
    Antti Silvast, Hannu Hänninen and Sampsa Hyysalo
    Energy in Society. Energy Systems and Infrastructures in Society: Concluding Issue 3 of 3
  • Arthur Jobert and Claire Le Renard
    Framing Prototypes: The Fast Breeder Reactor in France (1950s–1990s)
  • Vincent F Ialenti
    Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain
  • Ana Delicado, Luís Junqueira, Susana Fonseca, Mónica Truninger, Luís Silva, Ana Horta and Elisabete Figueiredo
    Not in Anyone’s Backyard? Civil Society Attitudes towards Wind Power at the National and Local Levels in Portugal
  • Jenny Palm and Sarah J Darby
    The Meanings of Practices for Energy Consumption – a Comparison of Homes and Workplaces
  • Antti Silvast and Mikko J Virtanen
    Keeping Systems at Work: Electricity Infrastructure from Control Rooms to Household Practices

Volume 27 (1) 2014

  • Guest Editorial
    Antti Silvast, Hannu Hänninen and Sampsa Hyysalo: Energy in Society: Energy Systems and Infrastructures in Society: Part 2 of 3
  • Mark Winskel and Jonathan Radcliffe: The Rise of Accelerated Energy Innovation and its Implications for Sustainable Innovation Studies: A UK Perspective
  • Gerhard Fuchs: The Governance of Innovations in the Energy Sector: Between Adaptation and Exploration
  • Heli Nissilä, Tea Lempiälä and Raimo Lovio: Constructing Expectations for Solar Technology over Multiple Field-configuring Events: A Narrative Perspective
  • Mikko Jalas, Helka Kuusi and Eva Heiskanen: Self-building Courses of Solar Heat Collectors as Sources of Consumer Empowerment and Local Embedding of Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Yael Parag: From Energy Security to the Security of Energy Services: Shortcomings of Traditional Supply-Oriented Approaches and the Contribution of a Socio Technical and User-Oriented Perspectives

Volume 26 (3) 2013

  • Guest Editorial
    Antti Silvast, Hannu Hänninen and Sampsa Hyysalo: Energy in Society: Energy Systems and Infrastructures in Society
  • Les Levidow, Theo Papaioannou and Alexander Borda-Rodriguez: Innovation Priorities for UK Bioenergy: Technological Expectations within Path Dependence
  • Armi Temmes, Rami-Samuli Räsänen, Jenny Rinkinen and Raimo Lovio: The Emergence of Niche Protection through Policies: The Case of Electric Vehicles Field in Finland
  • Mads Dahl Gjefsen: Carbon Cultures: Technology Planning for Energy and Climate in the US and EU
  • Lea Schick and Brit Ross Winthereik: Innovating Relations – or Why Smart Grid is not too Complex for the Public
  • James Mittra: Repairing the ‘Broken Middle’ of the Health Innovation Pathway: Exploring Diverse Practitioner Perspectives on the Emergence and Role of ‘Translational Medicine’

Volume 26 (2) 2013

  • Editorial
  • Pernille Bjørn and Randi Markussen: Cyborg Heart: The Affective Apparatus of Bodily Production of ICD Patients
  • Attila Bruni and Carlo Rizzi: Looking for Data in Diabetes Healthcare: Patient 2.0 and the Re-engineering of Clinical Encounters
  • Henriette Langstrup, Louise Bagger Iversen, Signe Vind and Thomas Lunn Erstad: The Virtual Clinical Encounter: Emplacing Patient 2.0 in Emerging Care Infrastructures
  • Annegrete Juul Nielsen and Casper Bruun Jensen: Travelling Frictions: Global Disease Self-Management, Local Comparisons and Emergent Patients
  • Jeannette Pols: The Patient 2.Many: About Diseases that Remain and the Different Forms of Knowledge to Live with them

Volume 26 (1) 2013

  • Editorial
  • Anders Blok: Urban Green Assemblages: An ANT View on Sustainable City Building Projects
  • Sampsa Hyysalo, Jouni K. Juntunen and Stephanie Freeman: Internet Forums and the Rise of the Inventive Energy User
  • Torun Granstrom Ekeland and Britt Kramvig: Negotiating Terrains: Stories from the Making of “Siida”
  • Kai Eriksson: Innovation and the Vocabulary of Governance
  • Adrijana Šuljok and Marija Brajdić Vuković: How the Croatian Daily Press Presents Science News

Volume 25 (2) 2012

  • Editorial
  • Céline Granjou and Isabelle Mauz: Expert Activities as Part of Research Work: The Example of Biodiversity Studies
  • Séverine Louvel: The ‘Industrialization’ of Doctoral Training? A Study of the Experiences of Doctoral Students and Supervisors in the French Life Sciences
  • Ericka Johnson and Cecilia Åsberg: Enrolling Men, their Doctors, and Partners: Individual and Collective Responses to Erectile Dysfunction
  • Sarah Parry, Wendy Faulkner, Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Nicola J. Marks: Heterogeneous Agendas around Public Engagement in Stem Cell Research: The Case for Maintaining Plasticity


These issues are now available on an open access basis from the journal’s own website at www.sciencetechnologystudies.org