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Noortje Marres (Associate Professor)

Noortje Marres (Associate Professor)

My work investigates intersections between technology, knowledge, engagement, and environments, and is especially concerned with understanding moments and processes of issue formation. I have a background in the social studies of science and technology (STS), and much of my empirical research deals with the role of objects and devices in participation, with a focus on environmental issues such as climate change and sustainable living. My second main interest is digital social research, in particular the development of digital methods and tools of controversy analysis and issue mapping online. My earlier work brought STS into conversation with political theory, especially pragmatism, and I continue to work on issues of democracy in technological societies.

Research Profile

Science and technology studies, digital methods, controversy analysis, issue mapping, actor-network theory, living experiments, technologies of participation.


Issue Mapping Online, funded by the ESRC Digital Social Research Programme, 2011-2013.


Digital Sociology: the Reinvention of Social Research (Polity, forthcoming)

Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics (Palgrave, 2012)

Selected Publications

Marres, N. (2015) "Why Map Issues? On Controversy as a Digital Method." Science, Technology & Human Values 40: 655-686, doi:10.1177/0162243915574602, [article]

Marres, N., J. Lezaun and M. Tironi, "Experiments in Participation", submitted to the STS Handbook, Volume 4, edited by C. Miller, E. Smitt-Doer, U. Felt and R. Fouche.

C. Lury, and N. Marres (2015) Notes on Objectual Valuation, in: Making Things Valuable, edited by M. Kornberger, L. Justessen, A. Koed Madsen and J. Mouritsen, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Marres, N. and C. Gerlitz (2015) "Interface Methods: Renegotiating relations between digital social research, STS and sociology." Sociological Review, 14 August, doi: 10.1111/1467-954X.12314

Marres, N., & Weltevrede, E. (2013). Scraping the Social? Issues in live social research. Journal of Cultural Economy, 6(3), 313-335

Marres, N., & Lezaun, J. (2011). Materials and devices of the public: an introduction. Economy and society, 40(4), 489-509

Marres, N. (2007). The issues deserve more credit pragmatist contributions to the study of public involvement in controversy. Social Studies of Science, 37(5), 759-780

Marres, N. (2005) No issue, no public: Democratic deficits after the displacement of politics, Doctoral dissertation, University of Amsterdam, [dissertation]

Other Materials

Marres, N. (2015) What makes a public affair? Haus der Kunst, Munich, April 16, [video]

Marres, N. interview with M. Carrigan (2014) about Digital Sociology, LSE Impact Blog, December 3, [interview]

Modules Taught

IM904 - Digital Objects, Digital Methods
IM920 - Digital Sociology


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
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University of Warwick

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