Technology and Social Change (TEMAT)

Research and education at Tema T – Technology and Social Change deals with how technology is developed and used in social contexts, as well as how technological change help shape and is shaped by cultural, political and economic processes in society.

For example, we study the role of technology in daily life and in how we understand ourselves and the world. We also study how values and norms are expressed, enacted, negotiated, transformed and reinforced in different practices and contexts where technology is developed and used. 

Research at Tema T – Technology and Social Change is divided into three research programmes. P6: Bodies, Knowledge, Subjectivities researches topics of agency, care, embodiment, knowledge practices, normativities, and subjectivities in science, medicine and other technological practices. These topics are examined from social, cultural, philosophical, and ethical perspectives, contributing to feminist theory, medical humanities, and science, technology and society studies.

STRIPE gathers researchers with an interest in the political and environmental dimensions of infrastructures such as energy, transport and waste. 

In addition to our research Tema T offers PhD education in Technology and Social Change. We offer a bachelor programme in Urban and Regional Planning (in Swedish) as well as an international Master’s programme in Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, and teach courses in theory of science, history of technology, and in medical humanities. Employees at Tema T also teach in various other programmes at all faculties.

Tema T is host for the Centre for Humans, Technology and Society (CMTS), which is responsible for integrating social science and humanities in engineering programmes at LiU. Tema T is also host for the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics (CMHB); a cross-faculty centre at LiU that aims to strengthen and develop research, teaching, and collaboration with society within the areas of medical humanities and bioethics. 


Research centres

PhD Education


Building in the Vallastaden, Linköping.
Thor Balkhed

Bachelor's programme in Urban and Regional Planning

View of Linköping, a city in Sweden.

Strategic Urban and Regional Planning, Master's Programme


headshot of two female researchers.

Post-COVID syndrome made researchers combine different perspectives

In a large research project, researchers are working across disciplines to understand post-COVID from several different aspects. At the same time, they are researching the interdisciplinary process itself.

Panel discussion during scientific salon

The future of women's health in the limelight during scientific salon

An enthusiastic assembly gathered at Munkkällaren for the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics' scientific salon, focusing on the future of women's health. Over 30 guests sought inspiration, connections, and discussions on potentialities.

Portrait photo of Lisa Guntram.

New network with a focus on women's health

Researcher Lisa Guntram gets funding to launch a network dedicated to exploring and confronting the marginalisation of women's health. This will be the world's first research network on women's health with a focus on social sciences and humanities.

Lennart Nordenfelt

Lennart Nordenfelt appointed honorary doctorate

Lennart Nordenfelt has been appointed Honorary Doctor by Linköping University. Nordenfelt has been central to the development of philosophy of medicine and has contributed to the development of medical humanities from the beginning of the 1980s.

Sofia Morberg Jämterud looking exited during her lecture.

Scientific salon about the consequences of the pandemic

The pandemic created and continues to create challenges of existential and social nature as well as in care and medical setting. Such challenges occur on local, national, and global levels. The pandemic has also resulted in unexpected collaborations.

Deforestation in the shape of a human fingerprint

SEK 39 million for graduate school on just climate transition

The Just Transitions graduate school, which focuses on management and organisation for a just climate transition, has been granted SEK 39 millions over five years by Formas, the government research council for sustainable development.


Latest publications


Fredrik Envall, Daniel Andersson (2024) Vägar till rättvis omställning: energigemenskaper i skärningspunkten mellan systemoptimering och demokratiskt deltagande
Felipe León (2024) Romantic love and the first-person plural perspective Inquiry Continue to DOI
Anna J. Wieczorek, Harald Rohracher, Dierk Bauknecht, Klaus Kubeczko, Simon Bolwig, Pieter Valkering, Regine Belhomme, Simone Maggiore (2024) Citizen-led decentralised energy futures: Emerging rationales of energy system organisation Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 113, Article 103557 Continue to DOI
Mosen Farhangi, Harald Rohracher, Dick Magnusson (2024) More than wires and screens: Assumptions about agency of devices in smart energy projects Energy Research & Social Science, Vol. 114, p. 103592-103592, Article 103592 Continue to DOI
Peter Schmitt, Dick Magnusson (2024) Educating planning professionals to promote the transformation towards carbon-free cities and regions - a survey of planning schools in Europe Planning practice + research Continue to DOI
Marko Marila (2024) The Rocky Legacies of Finnish Anti-Uranium Mining Social Movements with Special Reference to the Rock Art of Pessi Manner Finnish Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 3
Jeffrey Benjamin, Marko Marila (2024) The Past as Palette Beyond academic publics: Conversations about scholarly collaborations with cultural institutions, p. 103-115 Continue to DOI
Marko Marila (2024) "Luonto vastaa" (2006)


27 August 2024

Planning in Transition: Sustainable mobilities lecture by Mimi Sheller, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Temcas, floor 2, entrance 37, Tema building, campus Valla, and Zoom

Mimi Sheller, PhD, Dean of The Global School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, is an invited speaker at the Planning in Transition lecture series. The lecture is entitled “How can sustainable mobilities be made more just?” and will be in English. Participate on site or via Zoom.


Contact & staff



Visit us in Tema Building, Campus Valla

Postal adress
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies/Technology and Social Change, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden

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