Message posted on 18/11/2022

Funded MA & PhD spots in STS at York University (Canada)

                Accepting applications now for MA and PhD Study!

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York University (Canada) Science & Technology Studies (STS) Graduate Program

  *   Should scientists and engineers develop facial recognition software?
What is the role of scientists and engineers in communicating the societal
threats posed by global pandemics, artificial intelligence, and climate
change? Can scientists and engineers be neutral observers? How should
scientists and engineers engage with societal stakeholders like governments,
publics, and business? How do you ensure that science and technology are
designed for everyone? What sorts of social, cultural, and political values
shape science and technology? Is innovation meant to be ethical and socially
responsible? And, what are the social, political, ethical, cultural, and
economic implications of science and technology?
  *   These sorts of questions are the core focus of Science & Technology
Studies (STS), sometimes called Science, Technology & Society. Researchers in
STS examine the contemporary and historical context, shaping, and role of
science, technology, and innovation in our societies.
  *   Does this interest you? Apply
Come and join us!

  *   We are now accepting applications for our Science & Technology Studies
(STS) graduate program for entry in September 2023!
  *   We welcome applicants with science, social science, or humanities
degrees who want to
study science and technology using the methods and approaches of the social
sciences and humanities.
  *   Join the largest and most diverse STS graduate program in Canada, and
one of the largest in the world.
  *   Our provisional curriculum from September 2023 includes an Introduction
to STS, two STS Research Clusters, and elective courses on Digital
Technoscience; Big Tech; Science & the Enlightenment; and Collecting Science:
Lives of Objects.
  *   Get involved in our innovative, experimental, and interdisciplinary
Research Clusters, recently created to support student learning and diverse
career pathways; check out the Clusters on Technoscientific Injustices and
Bodies: Organic, Inorganic, Technological!
  *   Work with internationally-renowned supervisors who study a wide range of
topics like adaptive design, feminist technoscience, Indigenous and
postcolonial STS, technoscientific capitalism, health crises, pharmaceutical
innovation, histories of science and experimentation, ethics of artificial
intelligence, Big Tech and the power of digital platforms, public
understanding of science, space exploration, technological embodiment, and
  *   Start your training for careers in research and innovation policy; user
design; science communication; healthcare decision-making; data and algorithm
ethics; teaching.
  *   We offer funding to all successful applicants to support your graduate
studies at the MA and PhD levels! Our students regularly win external awards
from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and other funding
  *   We also have several $3000 and $6000 entrance scholarships for excellent
MA and PhD students.
Find Out More!

  *   Website:
  *   Contact the Graduate Program Director, Professor Denielle Elliott, with
your questions: or Graduate Program Assistant Hazel Beechman

Kean Birch

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental & Urban

Director, Institute for Technoscience & Society

Co-Editor, Science as Culture

Series Editor, Technoscience & Society Book
Series, University of Toronto Press

Editorial Board Member, Science, Technology & Human
Values; Social
Epistemology; Humanities &
Social Sciences Communications; OMICS: A
Journal of Integrative
Biology; and Digital.

Twitter| Website

Tel.: (+1) 416-736-2100, ext. 30126

Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change | York University

4700 Keele Street Toronto ON, Canada M3J 1P3


Birch, K. and Ward, C. (2022) Assetization and the 'new asset
Dialogues in Human Geography [Open Access].

Birch, K. (2022) Reflexive expectations in innovation financing: An analysis
of venture capital as a mode of
Social Studies of Science [Open Access].

Kaltenbrunner, W., Birch, K., van Leeuwen, T. and Amuchastegui, M. (2022)
Changing publication practices and the typification of the journal article in
science & technology
Social Studies of Science 52(5): 758-782. [Open Access].

Guay, R. and Birch, K. (2022) A comparative analysis of data governance:
Socio-technical imaginaries of digital personal data in the USA and EU
Big Data & Society 9(2): 1-13 [Open Access].

Kaltenbrunner, W., Birch, K. and Amuchastegui, M. (2022) Editorial work and
the peer review economy of STS
Science, Technology, & Human Values 47(4): 670-697 [Open Access].

Birch, K., Ward, C. and Tretter, E. (2022) Special Section Introduction: New
frontiers of techno-economic
Competition and Change 26(3-4): 407-414. [Open Access].

Birch, K. and Bronson, K. (2022) Forum Introduction: Big
Science as Culture 31(1): 1-14 [Open Access].

Birch, K. and Cochrane, D.T. (2022) Big Tech: Four emerging forms of digital
rentiership, Science as Culture 31(1): 44-58. [Open Access]

Birch, K., Cochrane, T. and Ward, C. (2021) Data as asset? The measurement,
governance, and valuation of digital personal data by Big
Tech, Big
Data & Society 8(1): 1-15 [Open Access].


Birch, K. & Muniesa, F. (eds) (2020) Assetization: Turning Things into Assets
in Technoscientific Capitalism,
MIT Press [Open Access].
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