Sociology of Science: Conceptual – Empirical – Reflexive
In our research, we aim at a sociological understanding of communication processes both in science and between science and society, with a focus on the science-media and science-policy interfaces. It contributes, both conceptually and empirically, to Science Studies, the sociology of boundary organisations, the sociology of expertise and the sociology of sustainability. Current research focusses mainly on the field of climate science.
In our teaching, the aim is to support students to develop the skills and curiosity to ask scientific questions and to describe and analyse social reality with a sociological lens. We employ a research-oriented style that facilitates conceptual and practical learning, encourages analytical depth and reflexivity, and promotes critical and creative thinking. The team provides courses in sociology both at undergraduate and graduate level, and teaches a reflexive perspective on science, science policy, science communication and society at large in the School of Integrated Climate System Sciences (SICSS).