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About KES

Logo of the Centre For The Study Of Knowledge Expertise Science.

KES is a university-wide, internationally known, research centre specialising in the nature of expertise in science and society. KES draws together researchers from the  sociology and history of science, sociology of scientific and medical knowledge, philosophy of science and journalism, media and cultural studies. The main focus of the Centre's work is the developing the new Studies in Expertise and Experience (SEE) through case studies of pure and applied sciences as well as projects investigating public understanding of, and participation in, science. Current and recent research projects have examined on topics including experimental and theoretical physics; genetics and biomedicine; economic theory and forecasting; automation and intelligent machines; technology transfer; deliberative methods; GM crops and products; health policies for AIDS and MMR; climate change.

The current research projects are described in more detail on their associated websites:

KES also supports an active group of postgraduate researchers which holds a lively weekly seminar series and has strong links with departments throughout the university including City and Regional Planning. Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Physics, Engineering and Computer Science. In addition, KES maintains close links with STS departments in Europe, Brazil and the US and organises the regular SEESHOP conferences to develop its own research agenda. 

KES welcomes applications from graduate students or others who would be interested in researching in any of these areas or new or related topics. KES is recognised by the ESRC for the award of PhD studentships in Science and Technology Studies and has had success in the past in obtaining Cardiff University PhD studentships. In addition, KES supports the MSc in Science, Media and Communication as well as the specialist STS pathway through the ESRC recognised MSc in Social Science Research Methods that can form the foundation for a PhD within the centre. For further information refer to the contacts on the right.

KES also maintains strong links with other departments throughout the University including City and Regional Planning, Journalism Media and Cultural Studies, and Philosophy. Science Education is developing in collaboration with the education wing of the School of Social Sciences.

Further details are available on the the KES research page.


Prof Harry Collins

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74047Extension:74047