A Journey through STS and Innovation Studies

  • Sally Wyatt


This short contribution traces the author’s journey in English universities, through innovation studies to STS in the last two decades of the twentieth century. It highlights the diversity of meanings of the concept of “innovation”, over time, across disciplines and social actors, and the importance of continuing to contest definitions. It concludes by reflecting on what Innovation Studies can offer to STS scholarship.


Data Availability

Data published in this issue can be accessed in STS Infrastructures at: https://n2t.net/ark:/81416/p4ds3n.


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31 Dec 2023
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