Science and Technology Studies

Research Associate, Newman University

Keywords: science and technology studies; science communication; science in the media; public understanding of science; sociology of religion

My work on the Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project involves aiding Principal Investigator Dr. Fern Elsdon-Baker in the completion of a ‘popular science’ book which will present the findings from the project in a way accessible to a general audience. I am also working alongside Dr. Emma Preece preparing a report on the large scale survey data collected during the project. Alongside this I am continuing my PhD research at Cardiff University. My thesis is titled Science as Religion? Science Communication and Elective Modernism. I analyse representations of science in non-fiction television programmes and argue that in some programmes science is made to look like a religion. I argue that a widespread religious understanding of science has potentially harmful consequences for a democratic society.