Professor Ed Steinmueller is an economist who received his PhD from Stanford University in 1987. His professional life has been divided between the US and Europe and between three institutions – Stanford, Maastricht University and SPRU at the University of Sussex. Throughout his career, he has analysed the interaction between society and information and communication technologies. However, he has a broad range of interests in other technologies and industries stemming from a persistent curiosity about knowledge, technique and organisation interact to create new market structures and transform human activities. Throughout his career, he has also been engaged with questions of policy – including regulation – as it pertains to science, industrial policy, and social well being. In recent years he has been deeply involved with efforts to imagine new approaches to science, technology and social action that would support a transition toward a more environmentally and economically sustainable world, principally through the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium and Deep Transitions Project initiated at SPRU.

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Episode 5: A good day at the office? The role of IT and the central office in Deep Transitions

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Episode 5: A good day at the office? The role of IT and the central office in Deep Transitions
It’s often tempting to see technology and humanity as two separate domains. In this week’s podcast, A good day at the office? The role of IT and the central office in Deep Transitions, Ed Steinmueller tells the unexpectedly compelling story of the intertwined development of workers and the technological aids they developed for record keeping…