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The University of Edinburgh: Science and Technology Studies

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Science
Study type Research


The University of Edinburgh has an international reputation as a leading centre of research in Science and Technology Studies (STS).

STIS hosts the Innogen Institute and the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, which bring together scholars and specialist groups from across the University.

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at SPS

As the largest and most interdisciplinary centre for science, technology and innovation studies in the world, we are able to provide world-leading academic expertise, training and specialized supervision for research students across a wide range of research topics and thematic areas.

Our research is organised around five cross-cutting themes:

  • Energy, Environment and Sustainability

  • Innovation in Life Sciences

  • Social Studies of Biology and Medicine

  • Historical Approaches to Science, Technology and Medicine

  • Data and Society

Lists of ongoing research projects in the subject group and of our academic staff and their interests can be found on the STIS website.

Edinburgh scholars work around the globe on the social and historical aspects of developments in science and technology.

Particular strengths in research include:

  • the history and philosophy of science

  • the social shaping of technology

  • the sociology of knowledge

  • social studies of biology and medicine

  • the history of medicine

  • the politics of controversies and public engagement with science and technology

  • science, technology and gender

  • the sociology of financial markets

  • innovation in life sciences (agriculture, food and health)

  • social studies of information and communication technologies

  • measuring and modelling the state of the environment and its sustainability

  • energy transitions

  • research policy, research metrics and research cultures

  • science and technology in low and middle income countries

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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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