Stephen Woolgar (born 1950) is a British sociologist. He has worked closely with Bruno Latour, with whom he wrote Laboratory Life: the Social Construction of Scientific Facts (1979).
He has been Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Human Sciences and director of CRICT (Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology) at Brunel University. He holds the Chair of Sociology and Marketing and is a professor of marketing at the University of Oxford and a fellow at Green Templeton College. He is also director of Science and Technology Studies within Oxford's Institute for Science, Innovation and Society. He is an important contributor in the fields of science studies, sociology of scientific knowledge (SSK) and the science and technology studies (STS) (especially on the topic of sociology of machines). Stephen Woolgar is a recipient of the John Desmond Bernal Prize in 2008 awarded annually by the Society for Social Studies of Science to an individual judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the field.
Stephen Woolgar holds a B.A. (First Class Honours) in engineering and a DPhil in sociology, both at the University of Cambridge.
- with Bruno Latour (1986. First published 1979), Laboratory Life: the Social Construction of Scientific Facts, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-09418-7, retrieved 9 October 2010 Paperback ISBN 0-691-02832-X Originally published 1979 in Los Angeles, by Sage Publications
- Science: the Very Idea, Routledge, 1988.
- (ed.), Knowledge and Reflexivity edited, Sage, 1988.
- with Steve Fuller and M. de Mey (eds), The Cognitive Turn: sociological and psychological perspectives on science, Kluwer, 1989.
- with Michael Lynch (eds), Representation in Scientific Practice, MIT, 1990.
- with K. Grint, The Machine at Work: technology, organisation and work, Polity/Blackwell, 1997.
- Virtual Society? technology, cyberbole, reality, Oxford University Press, 2002.