Social, Cultural & Environmental Context

Anne Pollock
Anne Pollock
Associate Professor

How would you describe this big idea?

Science, Technology and Society (STS) - also called Science and Technology Studies - is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to understand how science and technology shape society and culture and how society and culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology.

How is this big idea used in your work in relation to sustainable communities?

Since 2010, I have been engaged in ethnographic research at a small start-up pharmaceutical company in Johannesburg, South Africa, that was founded with the mission of finding new drugs for TB, HIV, and malaria. The company’s synthetic chemistry methods are indistinguishable from what might take place in a well-equipped lab anywhere in the world, yet I show how place matters – for the scientists themselves, and for those interested in fostering postcolonial science and global health.

Learn more:

An interactive site from the project described above:
Mapping iThemba

An article from the project:
Pollock, Anne. “Places of pharmaceutical knowledge-making: Global health, postcolonial science, and hope in South African drug discovery,” Social Studies of Science, 44.6 (December 2014): 848–873.

Science, Technology & Society Graduate Certificate