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Department of Thematic Studies - Technology and Social Change



At tema T we critically analyse both technology’s influence on and the different types of understandings that are constructed around technology in and by society. Our research deals with how social actors create and exploit technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics and the economy.



Reflections from an STS neophyte

Report from a Summer School in the Netherlands


Revisioning the ‘Fiscal EU’: Fair, Sustainable, and Coordinated Tax and Social Policies - FairTax, is a cross-disciplinary four-year research project, aiming to produce recommendations on how fair and sustainable taxation and social policy reforms can increase the economic stability of EU Member States. The FairTax project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme 2014-2018, grant agreement No. FairTax 649439.

At Tema T, Lotta Björklund Larsen coordinates a Nordic project on cooperative compliance initiatives. We investigate how Nordic tax authorities proactively engage taxpayers, businesses, and third parties in tax compliance processes before tax statements are delivered and legal control systems take over. The focus of the analysis is on the social, organizational, and relational aspects which shape tax administrations and taxpayer behaviors in new ways. This project has the potential to break new ground in taxation compliance research and to supplement the existing dominant positivist research tradition with a focus on practice and on what happens in the relation between tax agencies and taxpayers. 


Research reports

Research Highlight


Time-Geography in a global context

Are you interested in time-geography?

Here you will find information about the network for researchers, graduate students, teachers and doctoral candidates interested in time-geography, which has been in operation for a number of years. The network coordinator is professor Kajsa Ellegård from the interdisciplinary Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University.

Earlier Research Highlight ....

Blog about PhD Education 

Ericka Johnson blogs about PhD Education in VR’s magazine Curie




Higher seminar - Catelijne Coopmans (Wed Apr 26 02:00:00 CEST 2017)
Higher seminar - Helen Verran (Wed May 24 02:00:00 CEST 2017)
Higher seminar - Ilana Gerhson (Wed Jun 07 02:00:00 CEST 2017)

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New book

Glocal Pharma


International Brands and the Imagination of Local Masculinity
Ericka Johnson , Ebba Sjögren and Cecilia Åsberg,
Taylor & Francis eBooks, open access






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