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

Bruno Latour’s ‘An Inquiry into Modes of Existence’

Latour’s latest book, ‘An Inquiry into Modes of Existence’ (AIME), has been sitting on my ‘to read’ pile for a while now. ‘We Have Never Been Modern’, published in 1991, is sometimes seen as Latour’s last attempt to construct a general ontology. I was quite looking forward to reading AIME after encountering an essay by

30 Apr 2014

Towards a Robust Realism? Simulation, Manuel Delanda, and Isabelle Stengers

Some ideas I had after reading Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason, by Manuel DeLanda, Continuum Books, 2011, 226 pp. Truth or relevance? According to scholars working in Science and Technology Studies (STS), the objectivity of science is not so much an explanation for the validity of knowledge, but needs to be explained

21 Mar 2014

Thoughts on the 7th Infographics Conference, March 14 2014, Zeist (The Netherlands)

This year’s edition of the annual Infographics Conference featured presentations that were loosely connected by the possibilities attributed to personal data and visual representations thereof. Though I took home many things from the conference, I was mainly triggered to think about the role of designers, organizations, and technologies in the process of ‘teasing out’ worthwhile

15 Mar 2014