The University of Massachusetts Amherst

ISSR Director Smith-Doerr Contributes to Major Science and Technology Publication

Laurel Smith Doerr
Thursday, January 19, 2017

-  via the Institute for Social Science Research - 

ISSR is proud to announce the long-awaited publication of an important new resource for scholars of science and technology in society (STS). The fourth edition of the Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (MIT Press) curates the most important areas of STS research - situating cutting-edge scholarship in the context of the field's evolution since the late 1970s. Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director of ISSR, is one of the editors of the new Handbook. 

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.

Read more about the Handbook and the Society for the Social Study of Science that sponsors its publication and promotes the work of science and technology scholars.