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Three research clusters

STS organises academic research into three "research clusters"

  1. science and democracy, combining science policy with public engagement
  2. philosophy of science
  3. history of science

The primary goals of this organisation are to support staff research and find opportunities to expand collaboration. We also have managerial reasons for this organisation. These groups are most likely to have overlapping subject interests, and so we can pool expertise towards improving our performance in securing grants, publishing in high-impact settings, and building a strong reputation in our many specialities.Staff are assigned to one research cluster as a primary association. Assignments are based on descriptions of research activity, likely routes for research funding, and likely REF assignment. The interdisciplinary nature of staff interests means secondary associations are to be expected and encouraged. It also is to be expected that staff research activities will evolve over time, and periodic review of the clusters will be in order. 

STS organises academic research into three "research clusters". The primary goals of this organisation are to support staff research and find opportunities to expand collaboration. We also have managerial reasons for this organisation. These groups are most likely to have overlapping subject interests, and so we can pool expertise towards improving our performance in securing grants, publishing in high-impact settings, and building a strong reputation in our many specialities.

Staff are assigned to one research cluster as a primary association. Assignments are based on descriptions of research activity, likely routes for research funding, and likely REF assignment. The interdisciplinary nature of staff interests means secondary associations are to be expected and encouraged. It also is to be expected that staff research activities will evolve over time, and periodic review of the clusters will be in order. 

Join the conversation

Our staff are keen to share their research findings as widely as possible.  We promote discussion and debate through our reading groups and conferences, and host a variety of seminars related to our core disciplines.  Our flagship JBS Haldane Lecture series runs twice a year, drawing on the very best of international talent within our areas of speciality. We also provide more lasting summaries of our work through the STS Occasional Papers series.

Our wider research family

We have an extensive network of honorary appointments and academic visitors from all over the world.  If you are interested in seeking an unpaid fellowship or academic affiliation with us please see our fellowship opportunities page for advice.

Ethics approvals

We have a stringent department-level ethics review process for any research involving collecting data from 'live' human participants.