Category Archives: council

Antti Edward Silvast


  • aedsi (at)
  • Co-opted member; Co-ordinating editor of Science & Technology Studies
  • Associate Professor at Division for Responsible Innovation and Design, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
  • Associate Professor-II at Department for Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


Antti’s research focuses on the energy infrastructure, with a particular interest in methodologies of STS, interdisciplinarity, computer modelling, and control room studies. Antti held postdoctoral positions at the University of Edinburgh (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies), Durham University (Department of Anthropology), and Princeton University (Global Systemic Risk). Alongside his current academic work, he has also worked in Nordic energy policy, management of European research and development funding, and power systems research.

Andrea Núñez Casal


  • andrea.nunez.casal (at); andrea.casal (at) | @A_NunezCasal
  • Elected Council Member 2022 – 2024
  • Researcher (post-doc) at the Department of Science, Technology and Society, Institute of Philosophy, Spanish National Research Council (IFS-CSIC) / Department of Philosophy and Anthropology, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC)


Andrea´s research examines the entanglements between microbes, embodiment and inequalities. To date, her research has centred on (1) socio-cultural aspects of the human microbiome and immunology; and (2) feminist embodied approaches and decolonial methods to address and remedy health inequalities associated with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and chronic/recurrent infections. Andrea is also a Collaborating Professor of the Interuniversity Master’s Degree in Planetary Health (UOC-Pompeu i Fabra-ISGlobal). Her current multi-sited research studies the relationalities of gender, microbial biodiversity, and local health cultures as key to resurface the transgenerational knowledges-practices and embodied experiences of healing and their subsequent imprint on contemporary biomedicine, eco-social subjectivities and practices and the wellness industry.


Assunta Viteritti


  • assunta.viteritti (at)
  • Elected Council Member 2022 – 2024
  • Associate professor in Social Sciences and Economics Department at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)


Assunta’s research focuses on education and technology. In particular, she is interested in studying the processes of scientific knowledge construction and learning from an STS perspective, including gender issues. She is a founding member of the journal Tecnoscienza (Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies), she is a member of the STS Italia Association (President from 2019 to 2021).


Niki Vermeulen



  • Niki.Vermeulen (at) | @nikivermeulen
  • Co-opted member; Co-ordinating editor of EASST Review
  • Senior Lecturer at Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Visiting scholar at CWTS Leiden


Niki specialises in scientific collaboration, predominantly in the life sciences, and has developed a particular interest in the architecture of collaboration, investigating the spaces in which people are working together. Next to her academic work, she has experience as a policy advisor and consultant in science and innovation policy, most recetly with Marine Scotland. Niki is the founder of and a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).


Sarah Rose Bieszczad



Sarah’s PhD project examines how institutional and infrastructural evaluative contexts shape research on the deep sea, with a particular interest in the implications of shifts in evaluation practices towards valuing impactful, interdisciplinary, solution-oriented research. She is currently a member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). 


Brice Laurent


  • brice.laurent(at)
  • Elected Council Member 2021 – 2024
  • Researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation of Mines ParisTech (Paris, France)


Brice’s work studies the relationships between innovation and democracy. He has published about emerging technologies and the politics of regulatory instruments. His books include Democratic Experiments (MIT press, 2017) and European Objects (MIT press, 2021). Brice’s current projects are about real-world experiments, and controversies related to mineral resources. He is a member of the Science and Democracy network.


Sarah de Rijcke


Sarah de Rijcke is Professor in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies & Scientific Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden, and Co-chair of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI). She has a long-term research interest in examining the interactions between science governance and knowledge creation. Within the vibrant interdisciplinary space of STS, she specializes in social studies of research evaluation.

Richard Tutton


  • richard.tutton(at)
  • Elected council member from 2019 – 2022
  • Co-opted member; EASST 2018 Conference
  • Department of Sociology, University of York, UK


Richard Tutton is a Senior Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of York, UK. His research centres on the critical study of technoscientific futures. He also co-edits the journal New Genetics and Society (published by Taylor Francis). He has been the co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the EASST Conference to be held at Lancaster University in July 2018.


Michela Cozza


  • michela.cozza(at) | @MichelaCozza
  • Elected Council Member 2021 – 2024
  • Senior Lecturer, Head of subject in Organization and Management Department, Mälardalen University, (Sweden)


Michela’s research focuses on welfare technology; in particular, she is interested in studying the digitalization of caring from an STS perspective. Michela is founding member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network that brings together international researchers with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including STS. 


Nina Klimburg-Witjes


  • nina.witjes (at) | @witjesnina 
  • Elected Council Member 2021 – 2024
  • University assistant (post doc), University of Vienna, Dep. of Science and Technology Studies


Nina’s work at the intersection of STS and Critical Security Studies explores the role of technological innovation and knowledge practices in securitization processes. Tracing the entanglements between industries, political institutions, and users, Nina is interested in how visions about sociotechnical vulnerabilities are co-produced with security devices and policy, and how novel security technologies interact with issues of privacy and democracy. Nina´s is editor of the book „Sensing In/security“: Sensors as transnational security infrastructures (with G.C.Bowker & N.Pöchhacker, Mattering Press). Her current research focuses on space technologies and cyber security from an infrastructure studies perspective.