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Human Geography

Josephine Rekers

Senior lecturer

Human Geography

New Big Science in Focus : Perspectives on ESS and MAX IV


  • Josephine V. Rekers
  • Kerstin Sandell

Summary, in English

This anthology is about new big science, approached through perspectives from law, sustainability studies, sociology of science and technology, history, human geography and information studies. In focus are the two large experimental facilities being built in Lund: the European Spallation Source (ESS) and MAX IV. Put centre stage are the communities that launch, build, use, host, and benefit from these science facilities.

New big science facilities are large in their physical footprints, their costs, and their ambitions. Expectations abound and are in constant production. This anthology captures the opportunity to study these complex science facilities in the making – at the juncture where expectations meet reality – asking questions about what possibilities, constraints, and risks these projects entail.

This anthology is the outcome of an interdisciplinary research theme at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies at Lund University. The editors Josephine V. Rekers and Kerstin Sandell are both social scientists, affiliated with the Department of Human Geography and the Department of Gender Studies respectively.


  • Department of Human Geography
  • Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year





Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences



Document type



Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences


  • Cultural Studies


  • big science
  • ESS
  • Max IV
  • multidisciplinary
  • science infrastructure




  • Exploring challenges for New Big Science: The realization of ESS and MAX IV in Lund.


  • ISSN: 2001-7510
  • ISSN: 2001-7529
  • ISBN: 978-91-981458-4-7