Drawing upon ethnographic data, this article investigates the effects of a new online campus management system in one of the largest universities in Germany. It shows the various ways in which this technological innovation influenced students', teachers' and administrative personnel's relations and everyday working practices and how it is influential in the reorganisation of university structures. The online management system is regarded as an important part of an emerging infrastructure of excellence, which materialises the changing understanding of qualitative studies and teaching. Findings show that the online management supports standardised and economised study, teaching and administrative practices and silences creativity and flexibility. However, these standardisations are negotiated and questioned by the actors involved.
The Challenges of Geoengineering
Klaus Radunsky and Tim Cadman
the ocean to reach a new equilibrium ( Solomon et al. 2007 ). Geoengineering: CDR and SRM Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) was investigated in an IPCC special report in 2005. The technology was acknowledged as one of the options for removing CO2
Ocean Data Technologies, Sciences, and Governance
Kathleen M. Sullivan
. Scientific data, data technologies, geospatial visualization technologies, and the people who are responsible for oceanic scientific data infrastructure play a central role in these changing governance practices. The three-way relationship between ocean
Eric J. Cunningham
,700 dams scattered across the archipelago ( Japan Commission on Large Dams 2009 ). As elsewhere, dams in Japan are not only technologies of water manipulation, but also socio-cultural phenomenon with implications for the ways that human actors relate to
The Work of Ocean Sciences, Scientists, and Technologies in Producing the Sea as Space
ocean sciences to human knowledge about Earth. In bringing together work on oceanography in science and technology studies with the sociology and anthropology of ocean sciences, this review article draws into view the ways in which science is implicated
Marco Sonnberger and Michael Ruddat
various countries ( Demski et al. 2015 ; Sovacool and Tambo 2016 ). Since the public acceptability of energy transitions depends on citizens’ complex perceptual patterns of various aspects of these transitions (e.g., acceptance of energy technologies and
Barbara Franchi and Natália da Silva Perez
The f-word used to be inappropriate for polite company, but today nobody seems afraid to say it, loud and proud. Hollywood stars and world-famous pop singers can openly claim to be feminists; it is now acceptable for mainstream celebrities to emulate that which more radical independent feminist artists have been doing for the past few decades. This gradual mainstreaming of feminism, facilitated in part by easier and wider access to communication technology, is reflected all over mass media. The last couple of years have also seen a number of high-profile female celebrities engaging in feminist political action. When Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson are UN ambassadors in projects that aim to promote the emancipation of women worldwide, when pop singer Beyoncé openly declares that “we have a way to go [to achieve equality] and it’s something that’s pushed aside and something that we have been conditioned to accept,” (Vena, 2013) their voices are heard by a wider audience, one that might not have been reached by the voices of activists and scholars who have for decades denounced the problems caused by gender discrimination.
Adopting a Social Practice Perspective in Social-Ecological Research
Lukas Sattlegger, Immanuel Stieß, Luca Raschewski, and Katharina Reindl
professionals in the food system. Hence, these problems cannot be solved solely technically by improved waste management or recycling technologies, as potential transformations must be linked to wider practices of food supply. From such a perspective, the use of
Chandra Mukerji, Impossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009).
Sara Pritchard, Confluence: The Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhône (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011).
Environmental Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies
Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist
different sectors use environmental expertise to develop cleaner technologies, as well as to improve their public image and strengthen their brands. Thus, hardly any claims about environmental action—whether they come from governments, environmental