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Sheila Jasanoff named 2022 Holberg Laureate

Sheila Jasanoff, who is part of the ISC's Transformations to Sustainability community, has been recognized for her pioneering work.

Sheila Jasanoff, who is a Principal Investigator for the Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations (GoST) project, part of the Transformations to Sustainability programme, has been awarded the 2022 Holberg Prize for her groundbreaking research in science and technology studies (STS).

Sheila Jasanoff is the Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She will receive the award during a ceremony at the University of Bergen, Norway, on 9 June.

Jasanoff is a pioneer in the field of STS, which examines the creation, development, and consequences of science and technology in their historical, cultural and social contexts. As explained in the Holberg Prize announcement, Jasanoff’s most recent theoretical innovation is the idea of sociotechnical imaginaries: the collectively held visions of desirable futures that societies hope to attain through advances in science and technology.

The concept of sociotechnical imaginaries is used in the GoST project to make sense of how imaginations of transformation help shape societal choices, in particular with regards to energy systems, agriculture, and urban digital infrastructures in countries of the Global South.

Find out more about the GoST project.

Watch ‘Spaceship or Stewardship: Imaginaries of Sustainability in the Information Age’

A recent keynote lecture by Sheila Jasanoff for the online conference “Ruptures, Transformations, Continuities. Rethinking Infrastructures and Ecology”, which took place at the University of Hamburg, 24 November 2021, is available here:

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