Welcome to the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU)

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SATSU is an internationally recognised social science research centre exploring the dynamics, practices, and possibilities of contemporary science and technology.

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Interacting with Futures Past: the Presenting Choices game

Posted on Friday 11 May 2018

Amanda Rees presents the latest on SATSU/the department's new game - teaching and research through play

NARTI (Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative) Workshop

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2018

The workshop takes place 28-29 June 2018

EASST Review

Posted on Friday 27 April 2018

April issue of EASST Review available online now - 3 published pieces by SATSU members, including a short piece by Andrew Webster on the 30 year history of the unit

CFP: Conceptualising Technology in Reframing the Boundaries Between the Normal and the Pathological

Posted on Monday 19 February 2018

In the proposed Research Topic, we want to focus on the role of technology as a mediator of expert discourses, and in framing questions of risk and decision-making at different levels of the health system.

EASST 2018

Posted on Wednesday 14 February 2018

Meetings - Making Science, Technology and Society Together 25-28 July, Lancaster UK



Travels in Time, Fiction and Physics

Is time travel possible? How realistic are science fiction ideas if you analyse them scientifically?


How Science Made the Victorian Future

Prepare to be transported back 120 years as you watch a staged reconstruction of a late Victorian popular scientific lecture about electricity and the future


Impossible futures? Environmental utopias for the 21st century

For the last 50 years environmentalism has warned of the dire consequences of abusing and exploiting the planet’s resources, conjuring future wastelands of depletion and chaos...


Just Genomes?

At the end of the last millennium, the proposal of the Human Genome Diversity Project and the publication of The Bell Curve sparked new worries that studies of human genetic variation would reignite scientific racism


Workshop on 'Timing, Spacing, Organizing'

Aim of the event: To develop from conceptual to methodological approaches for researching timing and spacing within and around organizations; and to advance knowledge and practice around how to study processes of timing, spacing and organizing.

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Research themes

Find out about projects within our key research areas: the biosciences, health, digital media and social networking, space and mobility, and democratic governance.

EASST Review: SATSU - 30 years in the making

Andrew Webster discusses the Unit's origins and highlights its extensive research work, interdisciplinary links, and subsequent impact over the years.

iCS journal

The iCS (Information, Communication & Society) journal draws together the most current work upon the social, economic and cultural impact of the emerging properties of the new ICTs. Now included in the Thomson Reuters Social Science Citation Index©

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