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Teun Zuiderent-Jerak is Professor of Transdisciplinary Science & Technology Studies. His research brings together intervening in practices and furthering scholarly understanding of them. Knowledge standardization, evidence-basing, global health, health care markets, and technologies for inclusion are among his interests.


Situated Intervention / STS Making & Doing

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In my research, I draw together two activities that are often seen as belonging to different realms: intervening in practices and furthering scholarly understanding of them.

I consider intervening in health care practices as a mode of scholarly knowledge production and as a method for putting both scholarly and normative attachments at risk. Situated Intervention (MIT Press 2015), the theory/method package I've developed for such work, draws upon understandings of healthcare- and medical knowledge practices that stem from my training in Science & Technology Studies (STS) while equally putting such understandings to the test. The work on STS Making & Doing (MIT Press 2021, with Gary Downey) helps to provide a space where the scholarship of transforming practices through techniques, devices, infrastructures, and selves is moved to center stage.

My research focuses broadly on transdisciplinary social studies of health care and medicine and includes the study of evidence appraisal in relation to different knowledges, knowledge standardization and health care improvement, and technology development for inclusive health and employment.

From 2017-2020 I served as a member of Council of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and I am heavily involved with its STS Making and Doing program.


Transdisciplinary Global Health / Science and Technology for Inclusion

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I serve as Program Director of the research master Global Health, a 2-year program that trains students in transdisciplinary global health research.

Within this program I coordinate an intensive course on Global Health Interventions, in which students design an intervention and evaluation for a global health issue, and reflect deeply on how these two relate.

Every year I supervise a number of research internships, often including projects in collaboration with the Centre for Equity Studies in Delhi, India.

Together with a committed team, I led the development of the specialisation track on Sustainable Health and Healthcare (Duurzame Gezondheid en Zorg) within the bachelor Health & Life sciences (Gezondheid en Leven).

Furthermore, I lecture in courses on Challenges in Sustainable Health and Health Care, Managing Science & Technology in Society, Management of Innovation in Community Based Healthcare, International Public Health, and others.

Prizes and Awards

Ancillary activities

  • Vipassana Stichting | Almere | Bestuurder | 2019-12-23 - present

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Ethnography
  • Evidence and society


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