<b>STS and Researcher Intervention Strategies</b>

  • Brian Martin University of Wollongong
Keywords: controversy, vaccination, engagement, dissent


When I learned about a concerted campaign against Australian vaccination critics, I decided to intervene in the debate. As a result, some proponents of vaccination turned on me, making abusive comments and complaining to university officials. At several points in this experience, I had to make choices about how to intervene or respond. STS perspectives offered valuable insights for understanding the dynamics of the controversy but provided little guidance for making decisions. Some reasons are offered for why STS lacks tools for guiding practical action in such situations.

Author Biography

Brian Martin, University of Wollongong
Professor of Social Sciences
25 May 2016