news & publications


Monitoring, Modeling, and Memory: Knowledge for the Anthropocene Epoch, Climate Changed symposium, MIT


The Glass Laboratory: Climate Knowledge Infrastructures in the Age of Hyper-transparency, STS Program, Cal Poly


Cultures of Energy podcast on my work, Center for Energy & Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Rice University


Re-integrating Scholarly Infrastructures: the ambiguous role of data sharing platforms, Plantin, Lagoze, and Edwards, Big Data & Society (2018)


Keynote: "Knowledge Infrastructures under Siege," conference on Governing by Prediction? Models, Data, and Algorithms in and for Governance, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris

Research websites

Knowledge Infrastructures (2013)

Final report of my Knowledge Infrastructures research group. How are knowledge infrastructures changing? How do changes in knowledge infrastructures reinforce or redistribute authority, influence, and power? How can we best study, know, and imagine knowledge infrastructures?

Evaluating Information and Communications Technology: Perspectives for a Balanced Approach (Christopher A. Lee, Brian S. Williams, and Paul N. Edwards, 2003)

Web version of report to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Reviews recent literature on the social impacts of ICTs. Includes executive summary; annotated bibliography summarizing more than 50 books, articles, and websites; transcripts of 8 interviews with leading experts; and a bibliography of over 290 books, articles, and websites.

Atmospheric General Circulation Modeling: A Participatory History (2000)
Funded by the Sloan Foundation under a consulting arrangement with the Center for the History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics. No longer maintained.

Information Technology and Society Project (1998)
A networked, distributed multimedia digital library on the recent history of high technology. The project came to an end in 1998. No longer maintained.