ESST Research

A unique research network in the humanities and the social sciences, An ideal partner for international and national research proposals/projects

The ESST research network consists of more than a dozen of universities across Europe, about one hundred faculty and affiliated researchers, over a thousand graduates who work in the public and private sector all around Europe, more than fifty students who work on research theses each year. This makes ESST an ideal partner for international (EU and other) and national research proposals/projects, in all fields of science, technology and medicine.

ESST offers a range of Research Specializations within the interdisciplinary field of study known as Science, Technology, Society or Science and Technology Studies (STS). From theory to policy, the research of the ESST community covers all major societal challenges: scores of ESST researchers work on research projects of relevance to the environmental crisis, critical sub-fields of ICT (e.g. artificial intelligence, IoT, big data, robotics, digital commons), the promises and risks of biology, biotechnology, biomedical and medical science and technology. ESST research links Science and Technology Studies to many other important fields (from Innovation Studies and Communication/Media Studies to Policy Studies, Gender Studies, Border and/or Migration Studies, Disability Studies).

The research undertaken in the context of the ESST network benefits from close contact with a number of research institutes, departments and groups at the ESST partner universities, which undertake research that extends from the mathematical and physical to the life sciences, and from all fields of medicine to all disciplines of engineering. Through ESST, they are linked to a large number of researchers from the humanities and the social sciences, also working in institutes, departments and groups in the ESST partner universities.

Through their participation in international and national research projects, members of the ESST research community lead in STS projects as well as in projects in science-engineering-medicine that require the participation of the humanities and the social sciences (for samples, click here). They play a crucial role in functions that range from management to dissemination of (and engagement in) research.

If you are interested in having ESST as a partner in your prospective international or national research project, you may contact the ESST vice-president of research (Aristotle Tympas, at