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. 

ValueS researches valuation practices including rankings, metrics, pricing, impact, evaluation and so on, across a variety of fields in and beyond technology and scientific knowledge. The work is rooted in science and technology studies (STS) and both draws on and contributes to contemporary theoretical problems of agency, ontology, governance and materiality.


In addition to our research and doctorate education, Tema T – Technology and Social Change offers an international master’s degree in cooperation with Tema M – Environmental Change. Tema T also offers a bachelor’s programme in Urban and Regional Planning, with a focus on sustainability issues, again in cooperation with other units such as Tema M. Our researchers also teach in various other bachelor’s and master’s programmes at Linköping University, across its four Faculties.

Research programmes 
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PhD Education
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Our undergraduate teaching mainly includes urban and regional planning, various perspectives on technology and sustainability as well as theory of science and methodology. Main focus is on a contributing with a broadening perspective within the fields we teach in order to generate new perspectives on how technology is influencing society and vise-versa

Starting in the fall of 2017 our main teaching assignment is in the new Bachelor Program in Urban and Regional Planning. The program combines theoretical perspectives on planning with knowledge of planning practices, and particular focus is on different aspects of sustainability and how other challenges can be handled in the development of our society.

Tema T does also offer courses relating to urban and regional planning, with focus on city district development and visualization tools. We are running courses within the Teacher Program, focusing on theory of science and methodology, as well as courses in cooperation with CMTS in History of Technology for students at the technical faculty and in technical development in societal perspective for students within the logistics program. Tema T does also cooperate with Tema M regarding courses within the master program ”Science for Sustainable Development”.

Teachers from Team T are also involved in undergraduate teaching in all faculties at LIU, and are for example involved the bachelor program in Environmental Science, political science, anthropology, and sociology.

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6 May 2019

The design of power and the power of design 

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Tem21, Temahuset

Open Lecture with Anna Isaksson och Emma Börjesson, Högskolan i Halmstad. In this lecture, Isaksson and Börjesson adress the following questions: What is norm critical design? How can it be used to reveal norms and values within medicine, technology and the healthcare sector?


8 May 2019

Infrastructure and the state

1.00 pm – 3.00 pm Lethe, Temahuset

Technology and Social Change invites you to a seminar with Dr. Jan Hendrick Passoth. He is the Head of the Digital Media Lab, based at the Center for Technology and Society of the Technical University of Munich. The title is Infrastructure and the state: The (broken) promise of stability and the politics of updates. The seminar is open to everyone. Registration is required.


29 May 2019

Disputation in Technology and Social Change

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Universitetsklubben, Campus Valla

Ivanche Dimitrievski at Department of Thematic Studies defends his thesis "Accountable Futures: The Case of the European Spallation Source". Opponent is Michael E. Lynch.


12 June 2019

Opening the Black Box of Online Gambling Technology

1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Lethe, Temahuset

Technology and Social Change invites you to a seminar with Professor Mark Elam from the Department of Sociology and Work Science at the University of Gothenburg. The title is "Opening the Black Box of Online Gambling Technology: Behavioral Tracking in the Modulation of Gambling Revenues and Harms". The seminar is open to everyone. Registration is required.


Contact & staff
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Head of Division and Administrator

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Heads of P6, STRIPE and Values units

About the Department
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