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. 


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

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