We study processes of socio-technical innovation and transformation, with special attention to the communicative and socio-political dynamics involved in the production, exchange, integration and use of scientific and other knowledge.
This simultaneously involves studying technologys impact on society and the social shaping of technology as two sides of a co-production process, and the analysis of interactions, interventions, design approaches and institutional set-ups relevant to enhancing and supporting innovation processes in society. These endeavors to understand science-society interaction are situated in the context of challenges and opportunities in the Wageningen domain, such as food security, poverty, health hazards, inequality, health promotion, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and scarcity of resources.
The chair aims to develop high-quality theoretical, methodological and contextual insights supportive to the Universitys ambition to improve the quality of life through interdisciplinary research and design. Hence, the chair aims to analyze, understand and improve practices and approaches to making interdisciplinary diagnosis; identifying socio-technical opportunities and design criteria; supporting knowledge brokerage, exchange and integration; fostering collaborative learning and research; delivering extension; and facilitating interaction in innovation systems. These efforts intertwine with fundamental research on the interaction between bio-physical and social phenomena, the communicative and socio-political processes underlying human interpretation and cognition, and the adoption and diffusion of ideas, discourses, technologies and practices.
Under the aegis of this chair, special attention will be paid to questions of development in the global south, and the role of science and technology for development.