Research in science, technology and society
This research area concerns the relationship between science, technology and society, both historically and during the contemporary period. Today, universities are not only subject to expectations of disciplinary growth of knowledge, but also expectations of economic growth and innovation. During the 20th century science was seen as evolving through its internal logic, although social factors have of course always mattered. During the last 30 years the perspective has changed; it has become seen as legitimate and necessary that the needs of business and political decisions actively affect the development of scholarship. The research area covers, among other things studies the interaction between universities, politics and business from different perspectives.