'Issues spark a public into being'

Noortje Marres is an author and professor at the University of Warwick. Her work is interdisciplinary and investigates the changing relations between Science, Technology and Society in our computing-intensive, ecologically challenged age: science and innovation are becoming increasingly central to everyday and public life, putting established ideals of democracy and culture (not to mention the good life) to the test.

A sociologist and philosopher by training, Marres has published two books: Digital Sociology: The Reinvention of Social Research and Material Participation: Technology, the Environment and Everyday Publics. She is currently leading a social research project on AI Controversies and is conducting fieldwork on the ethics of driverless cars and fact checking. She appears in numerous articles, talks and lectures that can be found online.

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