The Third Wave in Science and Technology Studies

Future Research Directions on Expertise and Experience

  • David S. Caudill
  • Shannon N. Conley
  • Michael E. Gorman
  • Martin Weinel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. David S. Caudill, Shannon N. Conley, Michael E. Gorman, Martin Weinel
    Pages 1-13
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-108
    2. Harry Collins, Robert Evans, Martin Hall, Hannah O’Mahoney, Martin Weinel
      Pages 109-131
    3. Daniel Kubiak
      Pages 151-173
    4. Justus Bauch, Celia Bouali, Teresa Hoffmann, Ida Lübben, Lara Danyel, Nuriani Hamdan et al.
      Pages 175-200
  5. Part III

  6. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-274
    2. Harry Collins, Robert Evans, Michael E. Gorman
      Pages 275-281
    3. David S. Caudill
      Pages 315-315
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-318

About this book


This book analyzes future directions in the study of expertise and experience with the aim of engendering more critical discourse on the general discipline of science and technology studies. In 2002, Collins and Evans published an article entitled “The Third Wave of Science Studies,” suggesting that the future of science and technology studies would be to engage in “Studies in Expertise and Experience.”  In their view, scientific expertise in legal and policy settings should reflect a consensus of formally-trained scientists and citizens with experience in the relevant field (but not “ordinary” citizens). The Third Wave has garnered attention in journals and in international workshops, where scholars delivered papers explicating the theoretical foundations and practical applications of the Third Wave. This book arose out of those workshops, and is the next step in the popularization of the Third Wave. The chapters address the novel concept of interactional experts, the use of imitation games, appropriating scientific expertise in law and policy settings, and recent theoretical developments in the Third Wave.


Science and Technology Studies Studies in Expertise and Experience STS Public Understanding of Science Science Communication Science Policy Scientific Decision-making Science Studies S.E.E. Law and Expertise Imitation Games Interactional Expertise Relativism

Editors and affiliations

  • David S. Caudill
    • 1
  • Shannon N. Conley
    • 2
  • Michael E. Gorman
    • 3
  • Martin Weinel
    • 4
  1. 1.Villanova UniversityVillanova, PAUSA
  2. 2.James Madison UniversityHarrisonburg, VAUSA
  3. 3.University of VirginiaCharlottesville, VAUSA
  4. 4.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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