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Professor Steve Woolgar

Virtual Society? Programme
Sad Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
+44 (0)1865 288935
+44 (0)1865 288900 (fax)


Steve Woolgar is Director of the Virtual Society? Programme.

He is Professor of Marketing at the Sad Business School, University of Oxford.  He is a member of the Management Committee of the Oxford Internet Institute.  He was formerly Professor of Sociology and  Head of the Department of Human Sciences and Director of CRICT (Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology) at Brunel University. He took his BA (First Class honours), MA and PhD from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University. He has since held Visiting Appointments at McGill University (Sociology '79-81), MIT (Program in Science Technology and Society, '83-84), Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, Paris (Centre de Sociologie, '88-89) and UC San Diego (Sociology, '95-96). He is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, and the winner of an ESRC Senior Research Fellowship.

He has published widely in social studies of science and technology, social problems and social theory. His books include Laboratory Life: the construction of scientific facts (with B Latour, Princeton, 1986); Science: the Very Idea (Routledge, 1988); Knowledge and Reflexivity (edited, Sage, 1988); The Cognitive Turn: sociological and psychological perspectives on science (edited, with S.Fuller and Mey, Kluwer, 1989); Representation in Scientific Practice (edited, with M. Lynch, MIT, 1990); and The Machine at Work: technology, organisation and work (with K.Grint, Polity/Blackwell, 1997).  His latest book is Virtual Society? technology, cyberbole, reality (Oxford University Press, 2002).  His work has been translated into Dutch, French, Greek, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.

He has served on the EC (VALUE) Think Tank charged with devising strategy for "Interfaces between research and society"; on two UK government Foresight Panels (ITEC - Information Technology, Electronics and Communications; and Leisure and Learning); as an advisor to the Cabinet Office "Better Government " team; on several ESRC Programme Commissioning Panels; and as a member of the HEFCE RAE Panel (Sociology) for 1996 and 2001. He has been an advisor to the Research Councils of Norway and Denmark. He currently serves on two Ministerial Advisory Groups at the DTI, as special adviser to Commissioner Erkki Liikanen in Brussels, and is a member of the Council of the Consumers' Association.

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