Geoff Cooper
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Geoff Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, UK. He graduated from Goldsmiths College in sociology. After obtaining a post-graduate qualification in computing, and designing computer based training packages for a software house, he did a Ph.D. on the discourse of human-computer interaction. Before joining the department he worked at Brunel University, investigating changes in research culture. He has been at Surrey since 1994, and served as Head of Department from 2002 to 2006. Dr. Cooper teaches courses on sociological theory at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervises a number of PhD students.

Intellectual interests fall into two broad areas, the sociology of scientific knowledge and technology, and theoretical and methodological issues in social science. More specific research topics include: deconstruction and sociology; the formation, organisation and significance of intellectual and disciplinary boundaries; the social shaping of technology, particularly mobile telecommunications; sociological dimensions of energy use; changing research culture and forms of accountability; the mediation of scientific knowledge and its effects.

He is currently: completing work on an ESRC project on the mediation of financial understandings of nanotechnology; co-editing a forthcoming collection ‘Sociological Objects: the reconfiguration of sociological theory’; and a co-investigator on the ESRC funded inter-disciplinary research group on Research on Lifestyles, Values and Environment.

He has published articles in a number of journals including Social Studies of Science, Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, History of the Human Sciences, and Sociological Research Online, and contributed chapters to a number of edited collections. He is currently co-editing a forthcoming book ‘Sociological Objects: the reconfiguration of sociological theory’.

Member of the British Sociological Association, the Society for the Social Study of Science, and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST). Formerly a member of ESRC’s Sociology, History, Anthropology and Resources (SHAR) research college, examiner for the ESRC’s open competition for PhD studentship awards, and treasurer of EASST. Regular reviewer for a number of journals including: Sociology; Theory, Culture and Society; British Journal of Sociology; Social Studies of Science; Science, Technology and Human Values; and Information, Communication and Society.


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as author at  Nanotechnology and Society: The Organization and Policy of Innovation,
together with: Susanna Hornig Priest, Jarice Hanson (moderator),
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as author at  Nanotechnology and Society: The Organization and Policy of Innovation,