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.

ongoing projects

Markets for scientific publication: an economic history

Project leader: Ylva Hasselberg I Project description

Who reaps the benefits of innovation? New science based products/services and the distribution of material and monetary benefits

Project leader: Alexandra Waluszewski I Project description

Masters of flavor: Food invention in high-industrial Sweden

Project leader: Ingemar Pettersson I Project description

The academic building. Building, location and the development of research and teaching at Swedish universities 1975-2015

Project leader: Ylva Hasselberg I Project description

The Market of Self-Realization. Swedish Correspondence and Distance Education, 1890s-1970s

Project leader: Orsi Husz I Project description

The Metal Bazaar: Knowledge-making in the Stockholm Metal Trades during the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’

Project leader: Göran Rydén I Project description

The Business of Identity. Money and Identification in Twentieth Century Sweden

Project leader: Orsi Husz I Project description

The intimate relationship. A cultural economic history of everyday finances

Project leader: Orsi Husz I Project description