Easst Council Members

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Ulrike Felt

  • ulrike.felt(at)univie.ac.at
  • President 2017 – 2020
  • Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies and of the research platform Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice
  • University of Vienna, Austria

Ulrike Felt was the founding chair of the STS department in Vienna. She holds a PhD in physics and a habilitation on STS. Her research focuses on issues of governance, democracy and public participation in technoscience, changing research cultures, as well as the role of time in science and society issues. Her work has covered the life sciences, biomedicine, nanotechnologies and sustainability research. It is often comparative between national/cultural contexts and technological or scientific fields. She has been an invited professor at numerous universities and has been involved in policy advice to the European Commission, the ESF as well as to national bodies. In 2014 she received, together with a group of STS scholars EASST’s Ziman Award for a significant innovative cooperation in a venture to promote the public understanding of the social dimensions of science. She is 2015 winner of the Austrian State Prize, Ars Docendi, for innovative excellent teaching. From 2002 to 2007 she was editor-in-chief of Science, Technology, & Human Values and is one of the editors of the 4th edition of the STS Handbook (MIT 2017).


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Maja Horst

  • majho(at)dtu.dk | @majahorstI
  • President elect 2021 – 2024
  • Professor of Responsible Technology at DTU – Technical University of Denmark

Maja’s research interests concern Public Engagement, Responsibility, Controversy, Futures, Governance, Democracy and Science Communication. She has also been experimenting with interactive installations, for which she was awarded the Danish Science Minister’s Communication prize in 2009. She has served on the Danish Council of Research and Innovation Policy advising the Danish government and parliament.


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Filip Vostal

  • filip (at) filipvostal.net | @ChronosKairos3
  • Elected Council Member 2021 – 2024
  • Centre for Science, Technology and Society Studies (CSTSS), Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Filip’s research interests encompass social studies time/temporality, science & technology studies (STS), critical social theory, and notaphily. He has authored or co-authored several articles about the shifting temporality in/of academia and science, broadly conceived. His books include Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time (Palgrave, 2016) and Inquiring into Academic Timescapehe edited (Emerald, 2021). Currently he examines temporal repertoires integral to experiments situated at the intersection of x-ray science, photonics and molecular biophysics. He teaches (on contractual basis) STS courses at Charles University in Prague.


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Nina Klimburg-Witjes

  • nina.witjes (at) univie.ac.at | @witjesnina 
  • Elected Council Member 2021 – 2024
  • University assistant (post doc), University of Vienna, Dep. of Science and Technology Studies

Nina’s work at the intersection of STS and Critical Security Studies explores the role of technological innovation and knowledge practices in securitization processes. Tracing the entanglements between industries, political institutions, and users, Nina is interested in how visions about sociotechnical vulnerabilities are co-produced with security devices and policy, and how novel security technologies interact with issues of privacy and democracy. Nina´s is editor of the book „Sensing In/security“: Sensors as transnational security infrastructures (with G.C.Bowker & N.Pöchhacker, Mattering Press). Her current research focuses on space technologies and cyber security from an infrastructure studies perspective. 


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Michela Cozza

  • michela.cozza(at)mdh.se | @MichelaCozza
  • Elected Council Member 2021 – 2024
  • Senior Lecturer, Head of subject in Organization and Management Department, Mälardalen University, (Sweden)

Michela’s research focuses on welfare technology; in particular, she is interested in studying the digitalization of caring from an STS perspective. Michela is founding member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network that brings together international researchers with a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including STS. 


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Richard Tutton

  • richard.tutton(at)york.ac.uk
  • Elected council member from 2019 – 2022
  • Co-opted member; EASST 2018 Conference
  • Department of Sociology, University of York, UK

Richard Tutton is a Senior Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of York, UK. His research centres on the critical study of technoscientific futures. He also co-edits the journal New Genetics and Society (published by Taylor Francis). He has been the co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the EASST Conference to be held at Lancaster University in July 2018.


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Annalisa Pelizza

  • annalisa.pelizza2 (at) unibo.it
  • Elected Council Member 2019 – 2022
  • Professor of Science and Technology Studies
  • University of Bologna, Italy and University of Twente, The Netherlands

Annalisa holds the Chair in Sociology of Communicative Processes. Before joining Bologna, she was Associate Professor at the Science, Technology and Policy Studies department (STePS) of the University of Twente, where she is now Visiting Professor. Annalisa’s research focuses on STS and governance by data infrastructures shaping modern institutions. She currently leads the “Processing Citizenship” (http://processingcitizenship.eu) research group, funded by the European Research Council.


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Sarah de Rijcke

Sarah de Rijcke is Professor in Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies & Scientific Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) in Leiden, and Co-chair of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI). She has a long-term research interest in examining the interactions between science governance and knowledge creation. Within the vibrant interdisciplinary space of STS, she specializes in social studies of research evaluation.


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Brice Laurent

  • brice.laurent(at)mines-paristech.fr
  • Elected Council Member 2021 – 2024
  • Researcher at the Center for the Sociology of Innovation of Mines ParisTech (Paris, France)

Brice’s work studies the relationships between innovation and democracy. He has published about emerging technologies and the politics of regulatory instruments. His books include Democratic Experiments (MIT press, 2017) and European Objects (MIT press, 2021). Brice’s current projects are about real-world experiments, and controversies related to mineral resources. He is a member of the Science and Democracy network.


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Sarah Rose Bieszczad

Sarah’s PhD project examines how institutional and infrastructural evaluative contexts shape research on the deep sea, with a particular interest in the implications of shifts in evaluation practices towards valuing impactful, interdisciplinary, solution-oriented research. She is currently a member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). 


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Salla Sariola

Salla Sariola is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Turku, Finland and holds fellowships at University of Oxford in Ethox Centre, Nuffield Department of Population Health and School of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her research interests concern social studies of biomedicine – clinical trials and bioethics more specifically – and feminist technoscience, gender and sexuality. Salla’s ethnographic work has focused on low-income settings such as India, Sri Lanka and Kenya.


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Niki Vermeulen

  • Niki.Vermeulen (at) ed.ac.uk | @nikivermeulen
  • Co-opted member; Co-ordinating editor of EASST Review
  • Senior Lecturer at Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Visiting scholar at CWTS Leiden

Niki specialises in scientific collaboration, predominantly in the life sciences, and has developed a particular interest in the architecture of collaboration, investigating the spaces in which people are working together. Next to her academic work, she has experience as a policy advisor and consultant in science and innovation policy, most recetly with Marine Scotland. Niki is the founder of www.curiousedinburgh.org and a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland (YAS).


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Ingmar Lippert

  • ilip (at) itu.dk | @i_ngli
  • Co-opted member; Eurograd admin and web support
  • Associate professor
  • IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany

Ingmar is a sociologist of science, technology and environments, specifically focusing on data within situated & organisational practice. His qualitative research is concerned with the enactment of realities – ontic and ontological achievements interwoven with data, qualitative and quantiative, and their media. Empirically, he is interested in two foci: first, in techno-managerial practice in environmental management and governance, in particular in sustainability transitions; second, in STS’s research practices, the way STS researchers experiment or conduct with methods.

Former Easst Council Members

Justiina Dahl

Justiina Dahl

  • Justiina.Dah(at)polar.se
  • Elected Council Member 2017- 2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment and International Arctic Science Committee Fellow, IASC Social and Human Working Group.
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Justiina Dahl is a postdoctoral researcher at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Her research interests lie at the intersection of environmental studies, international relations and STS. The kinds of problems Dahl tackles in her work include: Do technical and scientific experts hold similar or different position as other forms of expertise in global governance? What has does it mean and take to be able to “see like a state” in a system or society of states? How and why have the international definitions of what is considered as ‘rational’ and ‘good’ governance of the material world in international society changed?


Miquel Domènech

Miquel Domènech

  • Elected Council Member 2017 – 2020
  • Associate Professor
  • Departament de Psicologia Social, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Miquel Domènech’s research interests cohere broadly in the field of science and technology studies, with a special focus on the relationship between care and technology and on citizen participation in technoscientific issues. He is currently leading research on participative methodologies in the design of health technologies. He is the Coordinator of the Barcelona Science and Technology Studies Group (STS-b) and he is also coordinating the PhD Program “Person and Society in the Contemporary World”.


Dara Ivanova

Dara Ivanova

  • Elected Council Member 2017 – 2020 (student representative)
  • PhD Student
  • Institute of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Dara Ivanova is doing a PhD project on the significance of place for the governance of healthcare. The aim is to understand and mobilize place as a focal point in healthcare research by examining the relation between place and governance. The focus is on somewhat odd and unconventional empirical cases, where the importance of place as an analytical concept can be observed clearly. Dara has an educational background in cultural anthropology (Utrecht University) and is currently a member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture.


Aleksandra Lis

Aleksandra Lis

  • Elected Council Member 2017- 2020
  • Assistant Professor at the Institute of Anthropology
  • Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Aleksandra Lis works at the Institute of Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and completed her PhD on carbon market at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Currently, she works on public perceptions of fracking as well as scaling expertise and the governance of shale gas development. Aleksandra was a Fellow at IAS-STS at TU Graz and at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne. She is a member of international project teams and she leads her own Projects.


Kalpana Shankar

Kalpana Shankar

  • Elected Council Member 2017- 2020
  • Professor of Information and Communication Studies
  • University College Dublin, Eire

Kalpana Shankar is particularly interested in how data practices and systems reflect and reify the larger society, culture, and institutions where they are enacted. Her current research projects focus on the sustainability and longevity of data archives and Irish attitudes towards climate change.


Ignacio Farias

Ignacio Farias

  • Co-opted member; Editor EASST Review till 2020
  • Assistant Professor
  • Munich Center for Technology in Society of the TU München, Germany

Ignacio Farías (Ph.D., Humboldt University Berlin, 2008) is Assistant Professor at the Munich Center for Technology in Society of the Technische Universität München. With a background in sociology and anthropology, he is currently preparing a book on studio life and creative processes in three creative industries. Farías has done extensive research in urban issues, such as tourism and disaster reconstruction. He is co-editor of Urban Assemblages. How Actor-Network Theory Changes Urban Studies (Routledge 2009) and author of journals articles in Space and Culture, Mobilities, CITY and Convergencia. Revista de Ciencias Sociales.


Attila Bruni

Attila Bruni

  • Elected Council Member 2011-2018
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Research of the Faculty of Sociology
  • University of Trento, Italy

Attila Bruni is Associate Professor at the department of Sociology and Social Research of the Faculty of Sociology of the Trento University, where he teaches Sociology of Technological Phenomena and Sociology of Organizations. He is member of the Editorial Board of Tecnoscienza – Italian Journal of Science&Technology Studies (www.tecnoscienza.net) and has been President of the Italian Society for Science and Technology Studies (www.stsitalia.org) between 2010 and 2013. His research interests regard particularly the intersection of technological phenomena, work and organizing practices, especially in the field of healthcare.


Vicky Singleton

Vicky Singleton

  • Elected Council Member 2014-2018
  • Senior Lecturer
  • The Centre for Science Studies and The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Sociology
    Lancaster University, UK

Vicky Singleton is a Senior Lecturer in The Centre for Science Studies and The Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK. She carries out ethnographic case studies, informed by a feminist material-semiotic approach, on care and the interdependency of policy and practices. She is currently researching the production of normativities-in-practices through the materiality and politics of compassion.

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