Laurel Smith-Doerr, director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), is an editor of the fourth edition of the “Handbook of Science and Technology Studies.”
Published by MIT Press, the book curates the most important areas of research in science and technology studies (STS), placing cutting-edge scholarship in the context of the field’s evolution since the late 1970s.
The book covers methods and participatory practices in STS research; mechanisms by which knowledge, people and societies are coproduced; the design, construction and use of material devices and infrastructures; the organization and governance of science; and STS and societal challenges including aging, agriculture, security, disasters, environmental justice and climate change.
The new edition integrates feminist, post-colonial, and cross-national perspectives, collaboration between established and new scholars in the field and a powerful reformulation of the role of STS in shaping our understanding of the world around us.
With chapters available for individual download, the editors hope to enable students and faculty scholars across the disciplines to draw on the interdisciplinary insights and methods of STS to enrich learning across the social, behavioral and natural sciences.