Cross-breeding science and technology studies and innovation studies
Robin Williams (The University of Edinburgh)
Harro van Lente (Maastricht University)
Arie Rip (University of Twente)
Mario Biagioli (UC Davis)
Sociotechnical innovation
C. Humanisticum AB 3.11
Start time:
18 September, 2014 at 9:30
Session slots:

Short abstract:

This panel examines the diverging presumptions and methods of the linked fields of Science and Technology Studies and Innovation Studies. We invite contributions examining how we may draw upon these and related traditions to produce more robust understandings of technoscientific issues.

Long abstract:

A broader view and analysis of the dynamics of innovation in society is necessary. To meet this challenge we need to draw upon and exploit synergies between the linked traditions of Science & Technology Studies (STS) and Innovation Studies (IS). Despite their partially overlapping intellectual roots and shared concern to understand the processes and outcomes of scientific and technological development, the broad fields of STS and IS have tended to diverge as they have grown and become more established. Differences in style, methodology, theoretical generalisation and strategies to speak to policy bring particular strengths and weaknesses. While STS is often content just to show complexities and instabilities, IS tends to aggregate and blackbox innovation processes. Clearly, there are complementarities between these two fields to exploit to mutual advantage. This track is organised by the newly-formed International Network of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. We invite contributions which draw upon both traditions and demonstrate the potential of productive interactions. Epistemologically: How have these fields developed? What are their de facto research agendas (what commonalities, tensions, gaps)? How and why have they diverged? What are the challenges (risks/benefits) of combining approaches? Substantively: How have these different traditions effectively been integrated in producing more robust understandings in emerging analyses of issues such as: the role of anticipation and foresight; infrastructures; the role of users in innovation; broadening conceptions of innovation; the constitution of markets and innovation systems; the spatiality of innovation. The emphasis is on mutual criticism and the possibilities of cross-breeding. papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 3-4-4-2 between sessions