Marres, Noortje, Prof. Dr.

A03 and MGK Principal Investigator and International Visiting Professor

Noortje Marres is Associate Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. Her work contributes to the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Society (STS) and investigates participation in technological societies; the role of objects, issues and everyday environments in public involvement; living experiments; the changing relations between social science and social life in a digital age. She also works on research methodology, in particular issue mapping, and is interested in developing creative forms of inquiry between the social sciences, computing and the arts.  

Marres studied Sociology and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Amsterdam, and did her doctoral research at that same university, and at the Ecole des Mines (Paris). Her PhD Thesis, No Issue, No Public (2005) outlines an issue-oriented concept of public participation in technological societies, drawing on American pragmatism and Actor-Network Theory. Her first book, Material Participation : Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics (2012/2015) builds on field research in environmental show-homes, and develops an analysis of material forms of engagement. Her latest book, Digital Sociology (Polity, 2017) outlines a critical and creative approach to researching digital societies. She is currently setting up new research on societal testing of intelligent technologies. Before joining the University of Warwick in September 2015, Marres was Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Invention and Social Process at Goldsmtihs (University of London). She was a Fellow in Science & Technology Studies at  the University of Oxford (2009-2011), and a Marie Curie Fellow in Sociology at Goldsmiths (2007-2009). In 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Social Science Centre.