Knowledge, Science and Technology Research
The Cardiff School of Social Sciences is a world leader in the social study of science, technology and knowledge. It is home to:
- the Cardiff Centre for the Ethical and Social Aspects of Genomics and Epigenetics (Cesagene), the successor to the ESRC funded Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen)
- the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES), which is developing some of the most innovative work on expertise being undertaken in Science and Technology Studies (STS) as well as continuing work in sociology of scientific knowledge, and
- the Risk, Interaction and Organisation (RIO) research group, which provides an interdisciplinary forum for the social analysis of risk management practices.
Cardiff’s international reputation in researching science, with a specially large group in the biomedical sciences, is based on its sustained track record of research and publication. Since 2008, the members of this theme have received more than £10M in research grants from funding agencies including the ESRC, the Wellcome Trust and The European Research Council (ERC). The quality of this research is epitomised by the ESRC’s decision to continue funding the Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen) until 2012 and an ERC grant to KES which runs until 2016.
Research at Cesagene involves close collaboration with colleagues in the Cardiff School of Medicine, Lancaster University and the Wales Gene Park. Research supported by Cesagene includes a study of the development of psychiatric genomics, an ethnographic investigation of development of in-vitro meat, work on the use of artificial reproductive techniques by families with motchondrial disease, as well as contributing to sciSCREEN, an innovative collaboration with Chapter Arts Centre, to promote the engagement of society in the complex field of biomedical science and genetics.
The sociology of expertise is now emerging as a major theme in the work of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise and Science (KES). Under the banner of Studies of Expertise and Experience (SEE) KES is now at the centre of an emerging network of researchers in investigating the classification and use of expertise, with the ALL@SEE website providing a focal point for this field. In addition, members of the KES have attracted research funding from the ESRC, European Science Foundation and British Academy and continue to make substantial empirical contributions to the social studies of science.
The theme Knowledge, Science and Technology intersects to a significant degree with research taking place within the School which is concerned, in various ways, with the concept of risk. The Risk, Interaction and Organisation (RIO) group was established to promote positive exchanges between sometimes diverse strands of research, united by a shared interest in linkages between risk, (social) interaction, and organisations. This research addresses risk as both a measure of threat or opportunity, and as a technical discourse which has become a pervasive basis for standard-setting and regulation in organisational life. It includes work on practical reasoning about new and unfamiliar technologies; social care; criminology; futures; citizen engagement; the nature of professional practice, knowledge brokerage; health and safety; environmental sustainability, policy-making, and a number of aspects of medicine and health care.
Professor Adam Hedgecoe
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