In 1921 University College London established the first university department in Britain in the field of history and philosophy of science. The department has offered graduate degrees since then, and many leading scholars in this field began their careers with degrees from UCL. In 1993 an undergraduate BSc programme was launched, with an expanded staff that also included scholars in science communication and science policy. To reflect the widening interdisciplinary nature of our work, the name of the department was changed in 1996 to the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS). STS is unique in the UK in combining – in one department - teaching and research in history and philosophy of science with social studies of science (including science policy, public understanding of science, and science communication). The department is home to the UK Hub for Responsible Research and Innovation, established as part of the Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit project, which involves three members of staff and additional researchers. Stilgoe is involved with this project and others looking at conceptualizing and developing workable models for Responsible Innovation.

VIRI Leader Jack Stilgoe is a lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at University College London.

Member since 2014

Selected RRI Publications


Stilgoe, Jack. 2015. Experiment Earth: Responsible Innovation in Geoengineering. London: Routledge.

Stilgoe, Jack, Richard Owen, and Phil Macnaghten. 2013. "Developing a Framework for Responsible Innovation." Research Policy 42 (9): 1568-1580.

Stilgoe, Jack. 2013. "Foreword: Why Responsible Innovation?" In Responsible Innovation: Managing the Responsible Emergence of Science and Innovation in Society, eds. Richard Owen, John Bessant, and Maggy Heintz. West Sussex: Wiley, xi-xv.

Stilgoe, Jack. 2012. "Experiments in Science Policy: An Autobiographical Note." Minerva 50 (2): 197-204.

Owen, Richard, Phil Macnaghten, and Jack Stilgoe. 2012. "Responsible Research and Innovation: From Science in Society to Science for Society, with Society." Science and Public Policy 39 (6): 751-760.

Owen, Richard, ed. 2013. Responsible Innovation. London: John Wiley Publishers.

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