UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies


Dr Simon J Lock


Simon J Lock is a Lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London. His research focuses on the governance of science, sociology of new technology and science in public. 

His focus is interdisciplinary examining the public dimensions of new science and technology from sociological, historical and policy-related perspectives. Past work has largely focused on the public understanding of science, science communication, public engagement with science and technology. More recent work considers public attitudes to, and the policy dimensions of, new technologies. 

Current projects include the public attitudes and framings of low-carbon energy sources and a project on social media research at UCL. He has also worked on projects concerned with public engagement with science and technology for the Royal Society, the RSA and the Government Office of Science and recently completed work for the Wellcome Trust on researcher attitudes to public engagement.

Admin Duties in 2012-13

  • Simon is the Natural Sciences STS Stream Representative.
  • Simon is the Affiliate Tutor for the STS Department and manages both the STS and Global Citizenship Affiliate programmes.  Go to our Study Abroad pages for more information about our new courses for undergraduates at UCL, or to apply to study with us for a year or a semester.
  • Simon is part of the UCL/LSE team which runs London Public Understanding of Science Seminar Series.