Ass.-Prof. Dr. Maximilian Fochler

Head of Department
Vice Director of the Studies Programme Sociology

Tel: +43-1-4277-49613

eMail: maximilian.fochler@univie.ac.at

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Biography

Maximilian Fochler is assistant professor and head of the Department of Science and Technology Studies. His main research area is science and knowledge cultures. His recent research work focuses on forms of knowledge production at the interface of science and other societal domains (such as the economy), as well as on the impact of new forms of governing science on academic knowledge production.

From 2011 to 2014, his APART-project “Living and working in the hothouses of innovation” studied how people live, work and produce knowledge in hybrid spaces at the interfaces of academia and business, such as for example biotech startup companies.  Focussing on the life sciences in the Vienna region, Max Fochler was particularly interested how the specifics of place and local context come to matter in these new contexts of producing knowledge and innovations. In the framework of this project, he worked as a guest researcher at Oslo University and the Berlin Social Science Centre.

The Apart project continued a long standing interest in the changing cultures of living, working and producing knowledge in the life sciences, and in the social and ethical dimension of these changes. During his PostDoc in the project “Living Changes in the Life Sciences”, Max Fochler had the opportunity to study these changes in the academic life sciences in Austria.

During his PhD, he worked on several projects which focussed on the relations between science and society, in the life sciences and beyond. His PhD thesis, entitled „Participating in which kind of governance?“ dealt with citizen perspectives on the concepts of governance and public participation in the life sciences. It has been awarded the “Award of Excellence” for the best Austrian dissertations by the Federal Minister of Research in 2008.

Maximilian Fochler has had the opportunity to contribute to the establishment of the new master programme Science-Technology-Society, for which he is responsible as Deputy Director of Studies from 2014. Together with colleagues, he received the University of Vienna teaching award for the development of a case based learning approach in the basic modules of this program.

Current Research Interests

  • the shifting cultures and practices of contemporary knowledge production
  • issues of science and democracy, in particular concerning the governance of innovation
  • the relations between techno-sciences and their publics

Publikationen

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Fochler, M., & De Rijcke, S. (2017). Implicated in the Indicator Game? An Experimental Debate. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 3, 21-40. DOI: 10.17351/ests2017.108

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Fochler, M., Felt, U., & Müller, R. (2016). Unsustainable growth, hyper-competition, and worth in life science research: Narrowing evaluative repertoires in doctoral and postdoctoral scientists’ work and lives. Minerva, 54(2), 175-200. DOI: 10.1007/s11024-016-9292-y

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Fochler, M. (2016). Beyond and between academia and business: How Austrian biotechnology researchers describe high-tech startup companies as spaces of knowledge production. Social Studies of Science, 46(2), 259-281. DOI: 10.1177/0306312716629831

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Fochler, M. (2016). Variants of epistemic capitalism: knowledge production and the accumulation of worth in commercial biotechnology and the academic life sciences. Science, Technology & Human Values, 41(5), 922-948. DOI: 10.1177/0162243916652224

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2015). A Very Brief Story of the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Vienna University. EASST Review (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology), 34(4), 29-34.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2013). What Science Stories Do: Rethinking the Multiple Consequences of Intensified Science Communication. In P. Baranger, & B. Schiele (Eds.), Science Communication Today. International Perspectives, Issues and Strategies (pp. 75-90). Paris: CNRS Editions.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2012). Re-ordering Epistemic Living Spaces: On the Tacit Governance Effects of the Public Communication of Science. In S. Rödder, M. Franzen, & P. Weingart (Eds.), The Sciences´ Media Connection - Communication to the Public and its Repercussions (pp. 133-154). (Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook; No. 28). Dortrecht: Springer.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2011). Slim futures and the fat pill. Civic imaginations of innovation and governance in an engagement setting. Science as Culture, 20(3), 307-328.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2010). Riskante Verwicklungen des Epistemischen, Strukturellen und Biographischen: Governance-Strukturen und deren mikropolitische Implikationen für das akademische Leben. In Governance des Österreichischen Innovationssytems (pp. 297-328). Innsbruck: Studien Verlag.

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., & Winkler, P. (2010). Coming to terms with biomedical technologies in different techno-political cultures: A comparative analysis of focus groups on organ transplantation and genetic testing in Austria, France and the Netherlands. Science, Technology & Human Values, 35(4), 525-553.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2010). Machineries for Making Publics: Inscribing and Describing Publics in Public Engagement. Minerva, 48(3), 219-238.

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., & Strassnig, M. (2010). Experimente partizipativer ELSA-Forschung. Eine methodenpolitische Reflexion. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, (10), 33-67.

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., Müller, A., & Strassnig, M. (2009). Unruly Ethics: On the Difficulties of a Bottom-up Approach to Ethics in the Field of Genomics. Public Understanding of Science, 18(3), 354-371.

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., Mager, A., & Winkler, P. (2008). Visions and versions of governing biomedicine: Narratives on power structures, decision-making and public participation in the field of biomedical technologies in the Austrian context. Social Studies of Science, 38(2), 233-257.

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Fochler, M., Burri, R., Hagendijk, R., Winickoff, D., Sang-Hyun, K., & Jasanoff, S. (2008). SDN Meeting Report 2008. Unknown Journal.

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Felt, U., & Fochler, M. (2008). The bottom-up meanings of the concept of public participation in science and technology. Science and Public Policy, 35(7), 489-499.

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Müller, A., Fochler, M., & Felt, U. (2007). Public consultation and foresight initiatives in Austria: Late start and hesitant implementation. In. U. Felt (Ed.), Optimizing Public Understanding of Science and Technology, Final Report

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Felt, U., Fochler, M., & Müller, A. (2006). Sozial robuste Wissenspolitik? Analyse partizipativ orientierter Interaktionen zwischen Wissenschaft, Politik und Öffentlichkeit im österreichischen Kontext. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Soziologie, Sonderband, 103-130.

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Müller, A., & Fochler, M. (2006). Vom Defizit zum Dialog? Zum Verhältnis von Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit in der europäischen und österreichischen Forschungspolitik. ITA manuscript, ITA-06-04.

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