Thursday, 8 June 2017

Fully funded PhD in STS available from October 2017

SATSU has available a fully funded (fees and stipend) PhD, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme. This will be to work on understanding the role patient charities play in shaping biomedicial innovation. Full details are at:

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Vigilante Science: Examples, Trends and Causes

Wednesday 24 May 2017, 12.00pm to 1pm

Speaker: Dr Meritxell Ramírez-i-Ollé (SATSU Visitor)
I employ the term “Vigilante Science” – in analogy with the vigilante heroes in comic books – to describe cases whereby self-appointed individuals policing the claims, methods and governance of the scientific community have not been recognised by its members as legitimate authorities. Recent examples of vigilantism in science have occurred in climate science, social psychology and nutrition science. I will discuss the possibility of interpreting the alleged “Climategate” scandal, the “replication crisis” in psychology and the “sugar conspiracy” as evidence of a wider social trend of public suspicion, if not complete distrust, towards certain scientists. I will outline two historical and sociological causes for this trend: first, the progressive integration, over the last century, of the disputed sciences into government agendas and industries; and second, the expansion of formal education and the consequent emergence of a better-informed and more self-confident citizenry that is suspicious of the declared political autonomy of scientists.
Biography: Dr Meritxell Ramírez-i-Ollé is The Sociological Review Fellow of 2017. Prior to being awarded this writing fellowship based at Keele University, she was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at University College London. In November 2015 Meritxell obtained a Ph.D. in STS from the University of Edinburgh with a thesis that examined the roles of trust and scepticism in science. Her academic interests are in the sociology of science and research methodology.
Location: Wentworth College W/243

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Navigating Knowledge Landscapes Conference, April 26-29, Oslo

The next major meeting of the NKL network is to be held in Oslo, April 26-19. Speakers from across Europe, including Andrew Webster (SATSU), will be presenting current research related to the ways in which digital 'landscapes' are created, understood, and used by diverse health constituencies, including patients, carers, clinicians, and examines the technologies, algorithms and visual analytics dimensions found therein. Further details on the conference can be found here. And there is more information about the growing list of publications at the following site:

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS - Traversing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Social Research

Postgraduate Conference 2017

The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, The University of York

25 May 2017

Keynote speakers: 

Dr Mark Coté, Kings College London

Professor Felicity Callard, Durham University

Dr Des Fitzgerald, Cardiff University

Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2017
We are pleased to announce our conference for postgraduate students and researchers interested in Interdisciplinary Social Research. There is increasing interest in interdisciplinary research within the Social Sciences due to its ability to create impactful new knowledge and insights. But, what does this mean in practice? 
What kinds of interdisciplinary research are taking place?
How can we use theoretical approaches across disciplines?
What methodologies are employed?

How are methods implemented in or adapted for interdisciplinary research?
What impact can be made?
What are the challenges?
Who sets the research agenda?
We welcome abstracts for 20-minute paper presentations from postgraduate students within the following areas:  

Interdisciplinary research between the social sciences
Including work across disciplines such as sociology, politics, criminology, social policy, health sciences, economics, social psychology, STS, gender studies, law, management, business
Interdisciplinary research beyond the social sciences
Including research between the social sciences and arts, humanities and/or the natural sciences
Interdisciplinary social research beyond academia
Including research that may be funded by or in partnership with non-academic organisations such as NGOs, public services and commercial partners/sponsors
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a 100-word biography to by 31 March 2017

Applicants will be notified of our decision by 14 April.

More information about conference registration and attendance will be released in April 2017.

Further questions can be sent to: