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Sociology, Sociology of Religion, STEM

Kamwendo, Thokozani Zara

United Kingdom


Thokozani Kamwendo is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh working in the fields of the history and sociology of science. My work is grounded in the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and explores notions of rationality, risk and bias, and the role of the normative in discipline formation. My research interests are broadly in the processes that guide the making of social scientific knowledge (especially psychological knowledge), and the effects of that knowledge in the world. I am particularly interested in questions about why some kinds of knowledge spread quicker and more easily than others, how ideas are made popular, and the ‘technologies of persuasion’ that knowledge-makers (including myself) use to build and disseminate the knowledge we produce.


My academic background is in the Sociology of Religion (MA), the History and Theory of Psychology (MSc) and Science and Technology Studies (PhD). I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2017 on the history of the Heuristics and Biases Programme and Behavioural Economics.