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Society > Tech | The Politics of Uncertainty | Natalie Burns & Andy Stirling

Thu 04 Feb 2021
17:00 - 18:00
Online Event

About the event

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With a better social understanding of people and their real, active experiences, could the digital sector create more positive technologies?

This event is part of a project with the University of Sussex that looks beyond Silicon Valley to try and develop more effective and socially useful approaches to technology innovation.

We're linking three digital entrepreneurs with three academics from the University of Sussex , to discuss with tech innovators and purpose-driven communities how they might integrate approaches derived from university research into their practices.

There will be talks, podcasts and roundtable discussions - links to follow.


The Politics of Uncertainty

Join Natalie Burns, Strategy Director at United Us as she talks to Professor Andy Stirling about his new book: The Politics of Uncertainty: Challenges of Transformation

Clearly we live in uncertain times. But how do we respond? Current approaches see technology as an important way of controlling that uncertainty. But does that make assumptions about both the challenges we face and the way we think about tech innovation?

Looking at examples from around the world, Andy Stirling’s new book addresses these questions and comes to some very interesting conclusions, and is particularly critical about the most popular models of innovation.

Join in and ask your questions live via the livestream or email in advance.


Andy Stirling is Professor of Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at The University of Sussex, and co-director of the STEPS Centre. He researches democracy, power and uncertainty in science and innovation.
His book, The Politics of Uncertainty: Challenges of Transformation is co-edited by Ian Scoones, and is available to download for free here.

Natalie Burns is Strategy Director at brand agency UnitedUs, a branding agency that unites people, purpose and potential.


This event is for you if:

  • You are interested in how society impacts and influences tech, and vice versa.
  • You want to find out more about making better tech products and services for society.
  • You'd like to learn more about collaborating with academics and tech companies.
  • You research or teach about technology.
  • You’re interested in the way technology affects communities.

The event is a joint University of Sussex and Wired Sussex event, and was made possible thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).