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Noortje Marres (Professor)

Professor Noortje Marres (Professor)

My work contributes to the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Society (STS) and investigates issues at the intersection of innovation, public life and everyday environments: I investigate new forms of participation in technological societies, such as sustainable living, and the role of testing beyond the laboratory, such as street trials of intelligent vehicles and automated fact-checking, as sites of encounter between science, engineering and society. Much of my work, then, is concerned with experimentation in society as a form of intervention, knowledge and participation that is gaining fresh relevance in our computing-intensive, ecologically challenged age. I have also contributed to the development of research methodology, in particular digital methods of issue mapping, and more recently, situational analytics, and am interested in developing creative forms of inquiry between the social sciences, technology and the arts. I am a member of the 2021 REF Sociology sub-panel and a Visiting Professor at the University of Siegen (Germany).

Further information: personal site.

Research Profile

Science and technology studies, digital sociology, experiments in participation, issue mapping, Pragmatism

Academic Profile

I joined the University of Warwick and CIM in September 2015, having previously held posts at Goldsmiths, University of London (2011-2015; 2007-2009), the University of Oxford (2009-2011), and the University of Amsterdam (2005-2007). From 2019 to 2021, I was Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. From 2011 to 2015, I directed the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) and convened the MA/MSc Digital Sociology at Goldsmiths. I was a Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Social Science Centre (2014), Mercator Fellow at the University of Siegen (2017-18), and a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leiden (2018-2021), Vienna (2019) and St Gallen (2020). I served as an elected member of Council of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (2018-2021). I hold a MSc and a MA in Sociology and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Amsterdam (both cum laude), and conducted my doctoral research at that same university, and at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Ecole des Mines (Paris).


Sampling sounds of the future: What does the future of Coventry sound like? A participatory project with the University of Warwick for Coventry City of Culture, supported by the Warwick Engagement Institute.

Beyond the lab: an empirical philosophy of intelligent vehicle testing, Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Shaping 21th Century AI: Controversy and Closure, with Dr. Michael Castelle and Dr. James Tripp (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies), funded by the ESRC (ORA Programme).

Creating the Possible with Prof. Sarah Pink et al (Emerging Technologies Lab, Monash University), Monash-Warwick Alliance Catalyst Project.

Inventing Indicators of Interdisciplinarity, collaboration with the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), University of Leiden.

Scoping issues in autonomous vehicle research at the science/society interface, Research development Project, University of Warwick, 2016-2017.

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


Inventing the Social (N. Marres, M. Guggenheim and A. Wilkie (eds.)) (Mattering Press, 2018)

Digital Sociology: the Reinvention of Social Research (Polity, 2017)

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

Selected Publications

Marres, Noortje (2021) No issues without media : the changing politics of public controversy in digital societies. In: Swartz, Jeremy and Wasko, Janet, (eds.) Media : A Transdisciplinary Inquiry. Bristol, UK ; Chicago, USA: Intellect Books

Marres, N. (2020) For a situational analytics: an interpretative methodology for the study of situations in computational settings, Big Data & Society,

Marres, N. & de Rijcke, S. (2020). From indicators to indicating interdisciplinarity: A participatory mapping methodology for research communities in-the-making. Quantitative Science Studies 3 (1): 1041-1055

Marres, N. (2020) Review of Communities at a Crossroads: Online Sociability in the Fade of Cyberculture, by A Pelizza, Information, Communications and Society,

Costas, R., de Rijcke, S., & Marres, N. (2020). Heterogeneous couplings: Operationalizing network perspectives to study science‐society interactions through social media metrics. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Marres, N., & Stark, D. (2020). Put to the test: For a new sociology of testing. The British Journal of Sociology, 71(3), 423-443.

Marres, N. (2020). Co‐existence or displacement: Do street trials of intelligent vehicles test society? The British Journal of Sociology, 71(3), 537-555.

Cohen, T., Stilgoe, J., Stares, S., Akyelken, N., Cavoli, C., Day, J., Dickinson, J., Fors, V., Hopkins, D., Lyons, G. and Marres, N., Sipe, N., Tennant, C., Waded, Z., Wigley, E. (2020). A constructive role for social science in the development of automated vehicles. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 6, p.100133.

Marres, N. (2020) "What if nothing happens? Street trials of driverless cars as experiments in participation," In: TechnoScience in Society, Sociology of Knowledge Yearbook. S. Maassen, and Dickel, S. and Schneider, C. H. (eds.), Nijmegen: Springer/Kluwer.

Marres, N. (2020) As ANT is getting undone, can Pragmatism help us re-do it? The Routledge Companion to Actor-Network Theory. Anders Blok, Ignacio Farias and Celia Roberts (Eds), London and New York: Routledge.

Marres, N. (2018). Why We Can't Have Our Facts Back. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 4, 423-443

Marres, N., J. Lezaun and M. Tironi (2016), "Experiments in Participation", The Science and Technology Studies Handbook, Volume 4, edited by C. Miller, E. Smitt-Doer, U. Felt and R. Fouche (eds.), Cambridge: MIT Press.

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

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. (2018) Situational Analytics, Oxford Internet Institute, October 18 [video]

Marres, N. (2018) Is Big Data a Big Mistake?, HowTheLightGetsIn, Festival for Music and Philosophy, 26 May [video]

Marres, N. (2016) Infrastructuring Publics or Societies? On street trials as experiments in interpretation, University of Siegen, 12 December [video]

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]

Research Students at the University of Warwick

Loup Cellard, Oihane Etayo, James McNally, Helena Suarez Val, Manwei Xu

Modules Taught

  • IM904 - Digital Objects, Digital Methods
  • IM920 - Digital Sociology


Centre Director

Noortje Marres (Associate Professor)


Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Room B0.12
University of Warwick

Email:N dot Marres at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)2476 573628

Office hours: Monday, Tuesday 14:00-15:00
and by appointment