TRANS-disciplinary research through STS practice: The co-creation of knowledge and collaboration

When: Sydney, Australia, August 29 – September 1, 2018

Science and Technology Studies (STS) has a key role in helping to create transdisciplinary research programmes that encourage collaboration and shared knowledge creation. Transdisciplinary research programmes are needed if we are to address the greatest challenges of our times, such as climate change. In attempting to understand the process of transdisciplinary research, we must first come to terms with different forms of knowledge. In the creation of transdisciplinary research programmes, such as the New Zealand Government’s National Science Challenges, what makes these collaborations effective, productive and satisfying programmes for all participants? How do different experiences and understandings of the world, such as indigenous knowledge and neoliberal governmentalities interact and co-exist in transdisciplinary research? How can pre-existing ideas (disciplinary concepts or policy) that may underpin transdisciplinary research be re-configured to respond to current social, economic and environmental issues? This panel seeks to explore how knowledge is co-created within transdisciplinary research through STS practice, and it seeks to examine the opportunities, challenges and the reality of engaging in transdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration to create meaningful change in our world.

Call for abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract is 1 February 2018. Paper submissions should be in the form of abstracts of up to 250 words. They should include the paper’s main arguments, methods, and contributions to STS. Submit your abstract through the 4S Conference Website. If you would like to discuss the relevance of your paper to the open track, then please feel free to contact Casimir MacGregor.

Please circulate this PDF to any colleagues, postgraduate students and other networks you think could be interested.  We are really interested in showcasing some New Zealand research and of course helping to grow science and technology studies (STS) here in New Zealand.  This is the first time 4S (Society for Social Studies of Science) has been held downunder, so it is a great chance to engage with world class scholars within the STS field.

The Public Value of Urban Infrastructure: Value Creation and Tools for Decision-making

23 January 2018, 9.30 – 5.30pm, University of Auckland: A workshop on the public value of urban infrastructure. This is a one-day event, bringing together researchers, practitioners from the public and private sector, and civil society to share expertise on infrastructure’s benefits and explore opportunities for value creation across planning, design, delivery and operations.

The workshop is jointly hosted by Te Pūnaha Matatini, University of Auckland and the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London.

Urban infrastructure systems provide essential transport, water, energy and waste management services to support the needs of people living in cities. The social value provided by infrastructure depends on the level and type of services derived from infrastructure assets. Identifying the social benefits of infrastructure provision is important to support optimal decision-making over the long term and support quality of life for current and future generations.

The objective is to develop a more nuanced understanding of public value, considering diverse user needs, opportunities for cross-sectoral co-ordination, and infrastructure’s potential to address the pressing challenges faced by New Zealand cities. The findings will be circulated amongst participants, and we hope that the workshop will provide a valuable opportunity for learning, to share your expertise with a broader audience and build networks across organisations.

Space is limited, please RSVP to by December 10, 2017. Please don’t hesitate to contact Jenny if you have any queries.

Past Events

Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua: Māori Research Symposium

4 August 2017: The final agenda for the Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua: Māori Research Symposium is now available. Please download the PDF here.

Contestable Funding Roadshow presentation

13 July 2017: See the BBHTC Contestable Investment Process 2017 Roadshow presentation by Ruth Berry and Jessica Hutchings. (PDF - will open in new tab).

Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua: Māori Research Symposium

4 July 2017: Join us for a one day Māori Research Symposium for the Building Better Homes Towns and Cities National Science Challenge. Learn about the Māori-focused research in the Challenge and hear from recently-funded researchers working in the Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua research theme.

Venue: Te Wharewaka o Pōneke, Room, Matiu Room. Odlins Square, 2 Taranaki Street, Wellington Waterfront.
Date: Monday 14 August, 10.00am-3.30pm

RSVP to:

This event is free. An agenda will be posted on line by the end of July.

Contestable Funding Roadshow dates

20 June 2017: Ruth Berry, Director, and Jessica Hutchings, Acting Director Māori, will give a presentation outlining the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities (BBHTC) National Science Challenge, what we are looking for in the contestable process, and what we are not seeking to invest in. This will be followed by a Q&A session.

Dates and venues are as follows:







21st June


Victoria University School of Architecture

Room VS125 on the ground floor of the Vivian Street building


23rd June


AUT University

Level 16, Room No: WO1609, WO Building 56 Wakefield Street


29th June


University of Waikato



3rd July


University of Otago



4th July


University of Canterbury

Room 1. Engineering Core

If you would like to attend a session please RSVP to with RSVP venue (e.g. Dunedin) in the subject line.