AsSIST-UK is to award an annual prize of £250 for a PhD thesis that demonstrates outstanding quality in the STS/Innovation Studies field. The Prize is an important way in which the Association supports the work of new scholars.

The Prize will be awarded for a thesis that meets one or more of the following criteria:

– exploring the links between STS and Innovation Studies

– links to other disciplines and working across the sciences and humanities

– different forms of public/policy impact and engagement

– opening up novel areas of inquiry for STIS




Nominations can only be made by PhD Supervisors who are Members of the Association.

The nomination form is available here:assist_uk-form-1 (1)

The award for 2019 was made to Dr Clemence Pinel.

The award for 2020 was made to Dr Aaron Amankwaa


2021 PhD Prize Announcement

The AsSIST-UK Executive Committee is delighted to announce that this year’s award goes to Dr Mat Vidmar of the University of Edinburgh. The Committee commended him for his work The comments from the Committee appear below.

Title of the thesis: Scottish Space Sector and Innovation; A PERIpatetic study of an emerging innovation system and the roles of innovation intermediaries
The thesis’ objective was to determine how and where STS and IS can be brought together. It does so through building its conceptual argument over a series of chapters focused around the Scottish space sector. The thesis offers a novel problem-driven strategy for doing this based on the concept of the ‘PERIpatetic Approach’and a multi-level perspective from macro to micro levels, and the role of innovation intermediaries/networks therein. The thesis has led to a number of published papers and a book. The thesis has involved close engagement with those scientists/technologists in the field itself not simply as data sources but as co-producers of some of the ideas and their application not least through the ongoing Social Dimensions of Outer Space Network. The policy impact is very strong at University, regional, and national levels.