Search – University of Copenhagen

Forward this page to a friend Resize Print Bookmark and Share


Maja Horst

Maja Horst

Head of Department

Primary fields of research

As a researcher, I am interested in the relationship between science and society - with particular emphasis on public communication about science and technology. I work within these particular areas:

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science Communication
  • Public Understanding of Science
  • Research Organization and Management
  • Higher Education
  • Sociology of Innovation

Current research

I am currently working on

  • Public communication about synthetic biology
  • Scientific Social Responsibility
  • Communication by Research Leaders
  • The policy contribution of Science and Technology Studies


I have been teaching and supervising at Bachelors, Masters and PhD level within the following areas:

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Communication theory
  • Strategic, Political and Risk Communication
  • Theory of science
  • Qualitative methods
  • Problem oriented project work

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Science Communication: Culture, Identity and Citizenship

    Davies, S. R. & Horst, M. 2016 London: Palgrave Macmillan. 266 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

  2. Published

    Reframing Science Communication

    Horst, M., Davies, S. R. & Irwin, A. 2016 The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Felt, U., Fouché, R., Miller, C. A. & Smith-Doerr, L. (eds.). 4 ed. Cambridge: MIT Press, Ch. 30, p. 881-908 28 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook chapter

  3. Published

    Crafting the Group: Care in research management

    Davies, S. R. & Horst, M. 2015 In : Social Studies of Science. 45, 3, p. 371-393 23 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Mapping 'Social Responsibility' in Science

    Glerup, C. & Horst, M. 2014 In : Journal of Responsible Innovation. 1, 1, p. 31-50 20 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published

    A field of expertise, the organization, or science itself?: Representing Research in Public Communication

    Horst, M. 2013 In : Science Communication. 35, 6, p. 758-779 22 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  6. Published

    On the shoulders of idiots: Re-thinking science communication as 'event'

    Horst, M. & Michael, M. 2011 In : Science as Culture. 20, 3, p. 283-306

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  7. Published

    Taking our own medicine: On an experiment in science communication

    Horst, M. 2011 In : Science and Engineering Ethics. 17, 4, p. 801-815 15 p.

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  8. Published

    Nations at ease with radical knowledge: On consensus, consensusing and false consensusness

    Horst, M. & Irwin, A. 2010 In : Social Studies of Science. 40, 1, p. 105-126

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  9. Published

    Collective Closure?: Public debate as the solution ot controversies about science and technology

    Horst, M. 2010 In : Acta Sociologica. 53, 3, p. 195-211

    Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  10. Published

    Breaking & Entering

    Horst, M., Dalsgård, B., Davies, S. R., Glerup, C., Sandvik, K., Knudsen, J., Juul, A., Heinz, N. & Holm, S. H. 22 Jun 2014

    Publication: Communication2D/3D (psysical products)

ID: 33856568