Exploring Everyday Futures

On July 14 and 15 2016, the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University (Lancaster, United Kingdom) organized a workshop entitled Everyday Futures. The objective of the workshop was to analyze how future everyday life is imagined, what factors shape the imagining of future everyday life, what interventions in this process of imagining could be

16 Jul 2016

How to study the smart city?

Over the past years, the notion of ‘smart city’ has become firmly entrenched in a variety of domains, including urban planning, policymaking, and science and technology studies, to name a few. Many of those working on smart cities stress the highly convoluted nature of the adjective ‘smart’, which contains a plurality of more and less

06 Jun 2016

Whose nature? Pluralism and environmental governance

‘Nature’ is a term that conjures up many different meanings. It may be seen as a resource of divine design replete with possibilities that mankind may tap into, or something to be experienced, preserved, or restored. Are these perspectives conflicting or complementary? On November 11 in 2015, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) hosted the

17 Nov 2015

Peaks, sites, and cycles – DEMAND Summer School 2015 (14-16 July 2015)

Understanding the temporal and spatial dynamics of energy and mobility demand is an important issue in the social sciences, and could, in more practical terms, contribute to reducing and managing peak loads in energy and mobility. But how can such an understanding be reached? The DEMAND center, an interdisciplinary group of researchers based at Lancaster

20 Aug 2015

Observations at the Robocup German Open 2015

The Robocup German Open is an annual event where professionals working on robotics and artificial intelligence showcase their latest innovations, exchange knowledge and ideas, and compete in various ways. Apart from rescue robots navigating complex terrain and providing assistance in simulated environments, such as a home and an industrial warehouse, the soccer match played by

28 Apr 2015

Assembling Cities: STS concepts and methodologies in planning studies – conference report

“Joint decision-making in the quarter reduces the risk of planning failure”, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich 23-1-2015 The field of science and technology studies (STS) is renowned for studying the ways in which science, technology, and society are intertwined, but how can it contribute to the study of urban planning and cities? From January 20 to

30 Jan 2015

Call for papers: Bruno Latour and Environmental Governance

I have the honor of organizing a workshop with Arthur Petersen (Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy) and Theo Lorenc (Provost Fellow, University College London) on Bruno Latour and Environmental Governance. The workshop is meant to lead to a special issue for Science and Technology Studies, one of the leading journals in the field

16 Jan 2015

Constructing the Synthesis Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Today (November 2 2014), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Synthesis Report, which is the final installment of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC. The Synthesis Report was adopted after an extensive review process, which culminated in a plenary session that took place in Copenhagen from October 26 to November 1

02 Nov 2014

Daniel Sarewitz on scientific excellence

The following post is based on a talk given by Daniel Sarewitz (Arizona State University) titled ‘Research for policy: Is there an essential tension between scientific quality and societal value?’ June 18 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands Assessments of the quality of scientific research are often seen as something self-explanatory. Common wisdom has it that

20 Jun 2014

Sheila Jasanoff on Climategate, Climate Science, and Civic Epistemologies

The following post is based on a talk given by Prof. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University) titled ‘Planning for Uncertain Futures: Science, Expertise and Political Culture’ (May 13 2014, The Hague, The Netherlands) In 2009, the so-called Climategate affair took place. During this controversy, e-mails exchanged among climate scientists were illegitimately acquired and subsequently made available

14 May 2014